Wall Street Journal - 04/09/2010
"The movie's star, of course, is Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion maestro who created the still-endearing special effects."
Description by OLDIES.com:
You've visited lands where a Cyclops roams (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad), skeletons duel (Jason and the Argonauts) and cowboys lasso dinosaurs (The Valley of the Gwangi). They are the worlds of Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion effects master who creates another dazzling realm in Clash of the Titans.
Olympian gods, mythological monsters and heroic mortals populate this imaginative spectacle. Harry Hamlin is Perseus, mortal son of Zeus (Laurence Olivier) and champion of captive Andromeda (Judi Bowker). From that storyline, Harryhausen unleashes sea creature Kraken, snake-haired Medusa, swamp denizen Calibos, flying horse Pegasus, two-headed dog Dioskilos, giant scorpions and all manner of eye-popping adventure. Let the clash begin!
Full of pride, Cassiopeia compares her daughter's beauty to that of Hera. Angered, the queen of the gods has Poseidon unleash the monstrous beast Craken to destroy their village unless Cassiopeia's daughter, Andromeda, is sacrificed. Perseus, the son of Zeus, becomes enchanted with the breathtaking beauty and is determined to save her from this fate. The young hero, armed with a magical shield, a winged stallion and a mechanical owl, discovers the only way to defeat the monster is with the head of Medusa. The gods watch and intervene on Perseus' quest to save his beloved.
This was legendary special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen's last film before he retired from creating movie magic. L.A. LAW's Harry Hamlin stars as the Greek mythological hero Perseus who fights snake-haired Medusa and two-headed dogs to save the lovely Andromeda (Judi Bowker). Laurence Olivier, as Zeus, is one of the many screen legends in this adventure. Burgess Meredith, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith and Ursula Andress round out the cast as the Gods of Mount Olympus.
Director Desmond Davis was camera operator on TOM JONES and A TASTE OF HONEY, two influential early 1960s British films. Writer Beverly Cross was one of the writers on 1963's Ray Harryhausen film, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS.
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Movie Lover: Spencer Koelle from
Media, PA US -- March, 19, 2006
Harryhausen's last but certainly not least. The variety of special effects are employed well, and the attention to the feel and spirit of greek mythos is expertly carried out. The palace of the gods is wonderfully ethereal, and of course all the monsters are expertly stop-motion animated.
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