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Ulysses (1954)

Ulisse (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy, History | October 1955 (USA)
A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.

Director:

Mario Camerini

Writers:

Franco Brusati (screenplay), Mario Camerini (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Ulysses
Silvana Mangano ... Circe / Penelope
Anthony Quinn ... Antinoos
Rossana Podestà ... Nausicaa
Jacques Dumesnil ... Alicinous
Daniel Ivernel ... Eurylochus
Sylvie ... Eurycleia
Franco Interlenghi ... Telemachus
Elena Zareschi Elena Zareschi ... Cassandra
Evi Maltagliati Evi Maltagliati ... Ulysses' Mother
Ludmilla Dudarova Ludmilla Dudarova ... Arete
Tania Weber Tania Weber ... Leucantes
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Achilles
Ferruccio Stagni Ferruccio Stagni ... Mentor
Alessandro Fersen Alessandro Fersen ... Diomede (as Alessandro Ferzen)
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Storyline

In the ancient Greek city of Ithaca, many impatiently await the return of their king Ulysses and his warriors from the Trojan War. Among these, Ulysses' devoted wife Penelope and his grown son Telemachus. But Ulysses' return is not eagerly awaited by everyone, especially by his enemies. They openly court Penelope and ask her to give her husband up for dead and re-marry one of the rowdy suitors who have taken up residence in her home since her husband's departure. However, Penelope clings to her belief that Ulysses will soon return. To appease the aggressive suitors, Penelope promises that she would re-marry as soon as she finishes weaving a large tapestry depicting Ulysses' deeds of bravery. In secret, she's unraveling the day's weaving, thus delaying the tapestry's completion. Penelope knows that her trick won't work forever. In Troy, Ulysses and his warriors use the Trojan Horse ruse to conquer the city. In his fervor, Ulysses destroys the Trojans' temple to Neptune, god of the sea,... Written by nufs68

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the loves and adventures of Ulysses See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France | USA

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ulysses See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Ulysses was a joint Italian (Lux Films and Produzione Ponti-De Laurentiis), French (Zenith Films) and U.S. (Paramount)production. See more »

Goofs

The inconsistent position of Circe's veil on the kissing scene when see from different angles. See more »

Quotes

Circe: What are you doing, Ulysses? Do you really think you can leave me?
Ulysses: I left you a long time ago. The day my men died in the storm.
Circe: And do you think your journey will last any longer than theirs?
Ulysses: You will not hold me here.
Circe: Listen to me! I shall give you something that will make you forget all your petty dreams. Your miserable kingdom. Your wife who grows old. Remain, and this very night, Olympus shall welcome a new god: Ulysses!
Ulysses: Immortal?
Circe: This is my gift - the greatest gift that has ever been ...
[...]
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Cool Cyclops!
2 September 1999 | by sabataSee all my reviews

I enjoyed it very much. I assume this was the earliest of the bunch of muscleman films that became increasingly popular with the release of the Hercules with Steve Reeves. It starts out a bit slow, but Ulysses' voyage is done wonderfully. The highlight of course is the cyclops that takes him and his men prisoner. The effects are well done, as is the cyclops make-up. Kirk Douglas makes a good Ulysses and Silvana Mangano is beautiful as his wife Penelope and seductive in the second role of the witch, Circe. If you enjoy these kinds of films, this is one of the good ones.


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