Clash of the Titans Trailer (1981)

The trailer for the Clash of the Titans.

King Acrisius of Argos locks his daughter Danaë away from mortal men to avoid a prophecy that he would die if his daughter had a son. While she is imprisoned, the god Zeus visits her and she becomes pregnant. After discovering the pregnancy, Acrisius casts his daughter and her newborn son Perseus out to sea in a wooden coffin, hoping to kill both and avoid his fate. In retribution, Zeus orders the god of the sea Poseidon to release an ancient monster known as the Kraken to destroy Argos, fulfilling the prophecy. Meanwhile, Danaë and Perseus safely float to the island of Seriphos.

Calibos, son of the sea goddess Thetis, is a handsome young man destined to marry Princess Andromeda, the daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and heir to the rich city of Joppa. But cruel and destructive Calibos has hunted and destroyed every living thing surrounding the Wells of The Moon, including Zeus' entire sacred herd of flying horses (except for Pegasus). As punishment for this and his many other transgressions, Zeus transforms Calibos into a goat-like monster who is subsequently shunned and forced to live as an outcast in the swamps and marshes. Thetis, furious at her son's fate, vows that if Calibos cannot marry Andromeda, no other man will either. Equally infuriated by Zeus's total devotion for his own son, Thetis transports Perseus from Seriphos to Joppa. Befriended by the scholar and playwright Ammon, Perseus learns of Andromeda and her plight: she cannot marry unless her suitor successfully answers a riddle, and any suitor who fails to answer the riddle correctly is burned at the stake. Armed with gifts from the gods (a sword, shield, and a helmet that renders its wearer invisible), Perseus captures Pegasus and follows Andromeda's shade on her nightly journey to learn a new riddle from Calibos. Armed with the answer, Perseus is nearly killed by Calibos, but escapes, losing the magical helmet in the swamps in the process.

Perseus appears at the next ceremony for a new suitor and answers the riddle correctly, presenting Calibos's severed hand (with a gold ring on one of the fingers, which is the answer to the riddle) and winning Andromeda's hand in marriage. At the temple to Thetis, Calibos prays to his mother Thetis to take vengeance on Perseus. Thetis tells Calibos that she cannot do so because Perseus is protected by Zeus, but she can take vengeance on Joppa. At the wedding, Queen Cassiopeia compares Andromeda's beauty to that of Thetis herself, which angers the goddess. The statue of Thetis collapses and its head comes to life, demanding Andromeda as a virgin sacrifice to the Kraken in thirty days, or else Joppa will be destroyed.

Perseus seeks a way to defeat the Kraken. Zeus commands Athena to give Perseus her owl Bubo as a replacement for his lost helmet of invisibility. Instead she orders Hephaestus to build a mechanical replica of Bubo as an aid for Perseus. Bubo leads Perseus to the Stygian Witches, three blind women who disclose that the only hope of survival in combat against the Kraken is by using the head of another monster, Medusa the Gorgon. Once a beautiful woman, Medusa had been punished by the gods by being transformed by the goddess Aphrodite into a horrible monster. Meeting Medusa's gaze will turn any living creature to stone, including the Kraken. She makes her home on the Isle of the Dead, which lies across the River Styx, at the very edge of the Underworld. Perseus travels there and manages to decapitate her with help of his shield and collects her head. On his way back, he must first contend with giant scorpions and then with Calibos, whom he finally kills with Aphrodite's sword.

Just as Andromeda is about to be sacrificed to the Kraken, Perseus appears astride Pegasus, turns the Kraken to stone with Medusa's head, and frees Andromeda. The hero and heroine become constellations at the decree of Zeus, who does the same for Pegasus and Cassiopeia.

1 min 47 sec


Posted On
January 15, 2010
Desmond Davis

Beverley Cross


June 12, 1981
Laurence Olivier
Harry Hamlin
Judi Bowker
Maggie Smith
Ursula Andress
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