Helen of Troy

Helen of Troy 2003

"The face that launched a thousand ships" was the centerpiece of this two-part TV miniseries, which invoked affectionate memories of the overblown Cecil B. DeMille epics of years gone by. Set in the 13th century B.C., the series starred Sienna Guillory as Hel…
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Medium level violence, Adult themes

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"The face that launched a thousand ships" was the centerpiece of this two-part TV miniseries, which invoked affectionate memories of the overblown Cecil B. DeMille epics of years gone by. Set in the 13th century B.C., the series starred Sienna Guillory as Helen, the Olympian-born, dazzlingly beautiful trophy wife of Sparta's King Menelaus (James Callis). Unhappy in her "marriage of state," Helen yearned for the companionship of the gorgeous young man whom she had seen only in a vision: Paris (Matthew Marsden), the Prince of Troy. As luck would have it, Paris managed to "abduct" Helen and spirit her off to his homeland, where she was welcomed by his father, King Priam (John Rhys-Davies), despite the portents of doom from Paris' foresighted sister, Cassandra (Emilia Fox). Meanwhile back in Sparta, King Menelaus, his honor besmirched, declared war on Troy, thus beginning a ten-year conflict that would culminate disastrously in the incident of the Trojan horse. All of which greatly pleased Menelaus' covetous brother, Agamemnon (Rufus Sewell), who cannily exploited the war in order to emerge as King of the Aegean. Far more elaborate than any of the previous cinematic treatments of the Helen legend, this one was also a bit more sensational, with a number of gratuitous but enjoyable nude scenes. Filmed on location in Malta and Greece, Helen of Troy was seen over the USA cable network on April 20 and 21, 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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  • This movie raises a lot of questions, such as was Helen's first boyfriend an Irishman? Seriously, I only watched an hour of this absolute rubbish. It was badly directed and badly acted. The mixture of accents didn't help.

  • I loved this version of the movie, - it comes reasonbly close to what really happened in the Illiad, and being a true Greek Mythology Fan and Buff found where they had made the changes, and far enjoyed this version to that of the newer Hollywood version which I found offending to the real legend Of Troy and the Illiad - The movie was a little long and drawn out, but they did go into a lot more detail as to why Helen Left her Husband so they by making a long and drawn out film are trying to make it easier to understand for those who are not so familar with the Story of Troy & what happened in the illiad without going head first into the Trojan War & battle and end and really leaving viewers with a forgettable experience - I throughly enjoyed this movie bar the alterations or interpretations but would reccommend it to anyone who like a bit of fantasy etc

  • This is the classic Illiad story told from the viewpoint of Paris and Helen. Lots of wonderful Aegean scenery (a big screen helps here), and lots of blood and guts fighting (as you might expect).

  • not a bad watch

  • A spectacular show with plenty of heroism and good acting.

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