- 3 Vintage Making Of 'Behind-the-Cameras' Segments
- Theatrical Trailer
- Languages: English, French
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 58 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 27, 2004
- Originally Released: 1955
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.55
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Mono - French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 07/05/1996
"...[With] spectacular battle scenes and a great stereo-surround soundtrack that somebody unearthed from the vaults..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
The face that launched a thousand ships!
Arrows rain death. Soldiers clamber up stone walls. Swords clang, fires rage. Yet the waves of combatants storming Troy are repelled. To defeat the undefeatable ultimately requires brains more than brawn. So feigning retreat, the Greeks offer a gift: a mammoth wooden horse secretly housing their fighting men.
Homer's Iliad surges to the screen in Helen Of Troy, from the '50s heyday of big-screen spectaculars. Robert Wise directs this lavish epic capturing some 30,000 people on screen at the then-huge cost of $6 million. Among the 30,000: Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Brigitte Bardot before her sex-symbol renown and, as the lovers at the conflict's center, Rossana Podesta (Sodom And Gomorrah) and Jack Sernas (La Dolce Vita).
A lavishly filmed epic about the Trojan War based on Homer's ILIAD, Robert Wise's HELEN OF TROY depicts the tale of the famed Helen (Rossana Podesta), the woman responsible for the battle. Young Trojan prince Paris (Jacques Sernas) journeys to Sparta, hoping to bring home a peace treaty that will end the war between Greece and Troy. However, his ship is forced to return to Troy in a storm after he has been swept overboard. Washing up on Sparta's shore, he is found by the beautiful Helen, with whom he falls head-over-heels in love, completely unaware that she is the queen of Sparta. At the palace he finds Greek king and Helen's husband Menelaus (Niall MacGinnis), Agamemnon (Robert Douglas), Ulysses (Torin Thatcher), Achilles (Stanley Baker), and others debating whether to go to war with Troy. Menelaus sees that Helen and Paris are in love and, pretending friendship, plots Paris's death. Paris flees back to Troy, taking Helen with him. Paris's action, however, makes matters even worse. The Greeks, who have been feuding among themselves, now unite and set off to attack Troy, devising a unique plan to get inside (which includes what was, at the time the film was made, the largest movie prop ever made). This sweeping film is laden with romance and action and, along with BEN-HUR and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, is one of the best of this genre.
This epic drama about Helen of Troy was shot on location in Italy.
Period Piece |
Theatrical Release |
True Story |
- Released theatrically in New York City January 26, 1956.
- Shot in Italy at the Cinecitta Studios in Cinemascope. Color by WarnerColor.