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Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans is a 1981 fantasy movie based on the myth of Perseus.

Among its stars were Harry Hamlin (as Perseus), Maggie Smith (as Thetis), Claire Bloom (as Hera) and Sir Laurence Olivier (as Zeus).

The special effects creatures were created by Ray Harryhausen, the last feature film for which he did so.

There are a numerous departures from the Greek myth, of which two notable examples are:

  1. The sea monster sent to kill Andromeda is called the Kraken, a Scandanavian name. The Greeks called it "ketos".
  2. The movie shows Perseus throwing Medusa's head into the sea in the end. In the Greek story he first uses it to dispense with an unwelcome wedding guest, then presents it to Athena, who placed it on her shield.

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