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Rated PG · 118 minutes · 2010

Action, Action/Adventure, SciFi/Fantasy
Having already covered the more domesticated Greek myths, producer Charles Schneer and animator Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts, etc) wander into wilder territory with the myth of Perseus, but the darker imports of that grisly tale fail to register (1981). Apart from some fine slimy creeps in the Medusa episode, it's bland and toothy, with a narrative that gets bogged down in short-term action. The director is Desmond Davis, a veteran of the British cinema's mod period (Smashing Time), but little of his personality shows through: he's happy to be a functionary leading the tony cameo cast (Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Claire Bloom, Flora Robson, et al) through their short turns. Harry Hamlin is Perseus, and he manages a little more weight than the usual Harryhausen hero. With Judi Bowker, Burgess Meredith, and two or three shots of Ursula Andress.
Director: Desmond Davis
Writer: Beverley Cross
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress, Jack Gwillim, Susan Fleetwood, Pat Roach, Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker and Burgess Meredith

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