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About the Movie
This lush adaptation of Homer's grand epic The Odyssey stars Kirk Douglas as the hero Ulysses. After victory in the Trojan War, Ulysses embarks on a ten-year journey back to his kingdom. But before he can reunite with his beloved wife (Silvana Mangano), he must defeat the brutal Cyclops, escape the spell of Circe who turns his crew into swine, and outwit the Sirens who lure sailors to their death. Peril is everywhere – even at home, where the arrogant Antinous (Anthony Quinn) plots to steal Ulysses' wife before he can complete his final quest in this powerful tale of heroism.
I ordered this movie with the understanding that it was in english because I have seen it before in english, not so. The movie was subtitled, but not advertised as such. I wrote a complaint to apple stating I wanted to be credited for my purchased on my credit card. I not only was not given credit but was not even given a reply. I purchased a apple tv just just a few weeks ago and due to the incident I will not buy or rent from iTunes until this is resolved.
Ulysses in Italian???
Is this a joke? The Italian version with English subtitles???
Homer on Film
If you have a soft spot for the stories of Homer and Greek mythology, you may find this movie enjoyable. While it has been a few years since I last saw this movie (I originally saw it when it was released in 1954, a several times thereafter), I feel that it is still a more compelling albeit abbreviated version of The Odyssey than the made for TV mini-series which came out in the late 90s; even though the TV mini-series had better special effects and told more of the story. In particular, have always especially enjoyed the climatic ending to this film version more than the original text by Homer which I have read twice (it is a stirring, emotional home coming in this movie). In many ways, in spite of its flaws, (with the exception of Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn, the other actors lines are obviously dubbed), this film is a more satisfying rendition of Homer than the more recent remake of the Iliad (Troy, 2004) starring Brad Pitt.