Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Wolfgang Petersen|
|Produced by||Wolfgang Petersen
|Written by||David Benioff|
|Music by||James Horner|
|Editing by||Peter Honess|
|Studio||Plan B Entertainment|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||162 minutes (Theatrical cut)
196 minutes (Director's cut)
$177 million (Director's cut)
Troy is a 2004 epic war film written by David Benioff and directed by Wolfgang Petersen and loosely based on Homer's Iliad. It features an ensemble cast that includes Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Saffron Burrows, Sean Bean, Brian Cox, Brendan Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Vincent Regan, Garrett Hedlund, Tyler Mane, and Peter O'Toole.
It was nominated for the Academy Award for Costume Design.
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Prince Hector and his young brother Paris negotiate peace between Troy and Sparta. Paris has fallen in love with Helen, the wife of king Menelaus, and smuggles her to Troy. Infuriated, Menelaus vows revenge approaching his brother Agamemnon, king of Mycenae who has conquered and now commands every army in Greece. Agamemnon, who has wanted to conquer Troy for years, uses this as a justification to invade Troy. General Nestor asks him to take the legendary warrior Achilles.
Odysseus, king of Ithaca, asks Achilles to fight, and Achilles visits his mother Thetis for advice. She tells him that should he stay he'll live a happy life but will be forgotten when he dies. If he goes to Troy he will find great glory and be remembered, but he will die. Wanting his name to be remembered Achilles chooses to go, with his cousin Patroclus accompanying him.
The Greek army sails for Troy. Achilles and the Myrmidons land first killing many Trojans and desecrate the temple of Apollo. Briseis, a member of the Trojan royal family, is captured and taken as a prize to Agamemnon, even though Achilles claimed her. Angered, Achilles keeps himself and his men from fighting. As the Greeks surround Troy, Paris challenges Menelaus to a duel to settle things. Menelaus agrees; however, Agamemnon plans on attacking the city regardless of the outcome. Paris is easily defeated, Hector intervenes by killing Menelaus, the Greeks attack but are forced to retreat, and Ajax is slain by Hector.
At the Greek camp, Achilles saves Briseis from Agamemnon's men when they try to rape her. She tries to kill Achilles, but realizes that she has feelings for him and they fall in love. Achilles prepares his men to leave, angering Patroclus. That night, the Trojans launch a surprise attack on the Greek encampment. Patroclus disguises himself as Achilles and leads the Myrmidons, Patroclus appears to have good fighing ability until Hector slits his throat. Shocked, both armies agree to end fighting for the day, and Odysseus informs Hector it was Achilles' cousin whom he had killed.
Eudorus tells Achilles of his cousin's death. Furious, Achilles attacks him and harms Briseis when she tries to stop him. Hector realizes that Achilles will seek revenge, and begins making preparations to save his loved ones. He shows Andromache a secret path out of the city, asking her to use it if the city falls.
The next day, Achilles approaches the gates of Troy alone and challenges Hector. The duel appears evenly matched, but Hector is ultimately slain and dragged from the back of Achilles' chariot, shocking the Trojans. That night King Priam (Peter O'Toole) sneaks into the Greek camp and asks Achilles to return Hector's body. Achilles grants his request and breaks down saying"My brother, we will meet again in the afterlife." swearing a truce for them to mourn, and lets Briseis return with Priam. He apologizes to Eudorus and tells him to take the Myrmidons home.
Troy mourns Hector's death while Agamemnon fumes that he cannot attack while the Trojans are vulnerable, even though they still can't breach their walls. Realizing the mad king would see them all killed before he gives up his ambition, Odysseus devises a plan to infiltrate the city. The Trojans discover that the Greeks have departed, leaving a wooden horse at their camp. Priam trusts his priests that the horse is an offering to Poseidon and a gift, despite the misgivings of Paris and Glaucus. Assuming victory, the Trojans take the horse into the city and celebrate. A Trojan scout finds the Greek ships hidden in a cove, but is killed before he can spread the news. A band of Greeks led by Achilles and Odysseus come out of the horse at night, opening the gates to the city allowing the main army to enter. The Greeks commence the Sack of Troy, massacring the people and looting. The Trojan army leads a desperate defense of the royal palace but falls to the Greeks.
While Troy is burned, Andromache helps Helen and many others escape from Troy through the secret passage Hector showed her. Paris gives Aeneas the Sword of Troy. After helping the survivors off, he heads back into the city to join the defense but abandons them after hearing Briseis calling him. Odysseus kills Glaucus. Agamemnon kills Priam, and, drunk on his victory, is killed by Briseis with a concealed knife. Achilles saves Briseis but is shot in his heel and several more times by Paris with his bow. Dying, Achilles urges Briseis to escape from the city with Paris. As he dies, Achilles removes all but the first arrow from his body, the soldiers finding him with only a single arrow through his heel. Funeral rituals are performed for him in the ruins of Troy the next day. The film ends with a speech from Odysseus, "If they ever tell my story, let them say I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say, I lived, in the time of Achilles."
Greeks members, advisers and servants (Mycenae and Sparta)
- Brian Cox as Agamemnon, the king of Mycenae. He is the brother of Menelaus.
- John Shrapnel as Nestor, the adviser of Agamemnon.
- Brendan Gleeson as Menelaus, the king of Sparta and husband of Helen. He is the brother of Agamemnon.
- Ken Bones as Hippasus, the adviser of Menelaus.
- Siri Svegler as Polydora, a Spartan entertainer.
- Diane Kruger as Helen, the queen of Sparta and wife of Menelaus. She is the lover of Paris.
- Brad Pitt as Achilles, son of Peleus and Thetis, cousin of Patroclus, and leader of the Myrmidons. He is also the lover of Briseis and the main protagonist.
- Garrett Hedlund as Patroclus, the cousin and student of Achilles.
- Vincent Regan as Eudoros, the general of the Myrmidon army and Achilles's best friend.
- Julie Christie as Thetis, the mother of Achilles and aunt of Patroclus.
Kings and Warriors of other Greek states (e.g. Ithaca, Thessaly, etc.)
- Sean Bean as Odysseus, the king of Ithaca and friend of Achilles. He is considered the most clever of the Greeks. He serves as the film's narrator.
- Julian Glover as Triopas, the king of Thessaly.
- Nathan Jones as Boagrius, a Thessalian champion.
- Tyler Mane as Greater Ajax, the king of Salamis
- Peter O'Toole as Priam, the king of Troy, father of Hector and Paris, uncle of Briseis and father-in-law of Andromache.
- Eric Bana as Hector, the prince of Troy and the best warrior among the Trojans. He is the elder son of Priam, brother of Paris, cousin of Briseis and husband of Andromache.
- Orlando Bloom as Paris, the prince of Troy. He is the younger son of Priam, brother of Hector, cousin of Briseis and brother-in-law of Andromache. He is the lover of Helen.
- Rose Byrne as Briseis, the priestess of Apollo, niece of Priam and cousin of Hector and Paris, cousin-in-law of Andromache. She is the lover of Achilles.
- Saffron Burrows as Andromache, the princess of Troy and wife of Hector. She is the sister-in-law of Paris and daughter-in-law of Priam.
- James Cosmo as Glaucus, the commanding general of the Trojan army.
- Nigel Terry as Archeptolemus, the Trojan high priest and adviser of Priam.
- Frankie Fitzgerald as Aeneas, a Trojan youth. As Troy is being sacked, Paris picks him at random to take the Sword of Troy, carrying the future of the Trojans into Virgil's epic, The Aeneid.
The city of Troy was built in the Mediterranean island of Malta at Fort Ricasoli from April to June 2003. Other important scenes were shot in Mellieħa, a small town in the north of Malta, and on the small island of Comino. The outer walls of Troy were built and filmed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Film production was disrupted for a period of time after Hurricane Marty affected filming areas.
Composer Gabriel Yared originally worked on the score for Troy for over a year, having been hired by the director, Wolfgang Petersen.
Yared wrote and recorded his score and Tanja Carovska provided vocals on various portions of the music, as she later would on composer James Horner's version of the soundtrack. However, after having screened the film with an early incomplete version of the score, the reactions at test screenings were against it and in less than a day Yared was off the project without being given a chance to fix or change his music, while Warner Bros was already looking for a replacement. According to Yared, his score was removed due to a complaint by the screening audience that the score was too "old-fashioned".
The replacement score was written by composer James Horner in about four weeks. He used Carovska's vocals again, and also included traditional Eastern Mediterranean music and brass instruments. Drums are conspicuous in the most dramatic scenes; most notably, in the duel between Achilles and Hector. Horner also collaborated with American singer/songwriter Josh Groban and lyricist Cynthia Weil to write an original song for the film's end credits. The product of this collaboration, "Remember" was performed by Groban with additional vocals by Tanja Carovska. The song is available on the film's original soundtrack.
A commentator, Alex Ross, claims that large portions of the score were essentially plagiarized from the pieces of which they are reminiscent.
Around the time of the film's release in theaters, Gabriel Yared briefly made portions of his rejected score available on his personal website, which was later removed at the request of Warner Brothers. Bootleg versions exist on the Internet. Yared's score has since gained much attention from the fans of film music. Several petitions were made requesting the release of Yared's score either on a limited edition CD or as a bonus feature or secondary audio track on the film's DVD. Those requests however, have been denied by Warner Bros.
Director's cut 
Troy: Director's Cut was screened at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival on February 17, 2007, and received a limited release in Germany in April 2007. Warner Home Video reportedly spent more than $1 million for the director's cut, which includes "at least 1,000 new cuts" or almost 30 minutes extra footage (with a new running time of 196 minutes). The DVD was released on September 18, 2007 in the US. The score of the film was changed dramatically, with many of the female vocals being cut. An addition to the music is the use of Danny Elfman's theme for Planet of the Apes during the pivotal fight between Hector and Achilles in front of the Gates of Troy.
Various shots were recut and extended. For instance, the love scene between Helen and Paris was reframed to include more nudity of Diane Kruger. The love scene between Achilles and Briseis is also extended. Only one scene was removed: the scene where Helen tends to the wound of Paris is taken out. The battle scenes were also extended, showing much more of Ajax's bloody rampage on the Trojans during the initial attack by the Greek Army. Perhaps most significant was the sacking of Troy, barely present in the theatrical cut, but shown fully here. Characters were given more time to develop, specifically Priam and Odysseus, the latter being given a humorous introduction scene. Lastly, bookend scenes were added: the beginning being a soldier's dog finding its dead master, and the end including a sequence where the few surviving Trojans escape to Mount Ida. In one of the commentary sequences, the film's writer, David Benioff, said that when it came to deciding whether to follow The Iliad or to do what was best for the film, they always decided with what was best for the film.
When the film was completed, total production costs were approximately $175,000,000. This made Troy one of the most expensive films produced in modern cinema. It was screened out of competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
Troy met mixed reactions by reviewers. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an average approval rating of 54% from a base of 222 reviews, while Yahoo! Movies gave it a critic rating of "B-" based on 15 reviews. Roger Ebert, who disliked what he saw as an unfaithful adaptation of the Iliad, gave it two stars out of four. Ebert claimed that Troy "sidesteps the existence of the Greek gods, turns its heroes into action movie clichés and demonstrates that we're getting tired of computer-generated armies."
Box office totals 
- Budget – $175,000,000
- Marketing cost – $50,000,000
- Opening weekend gross (Domestic) – $46,865,412
- Total domestic grosses – $133,378,256
- Total overseas grosses – $364,031,596
- Total worldwide grosses – $497,409,852
2005 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
- Won – Top Box Office Film — James Horner
2005 Academy Awards
- Nominated – Best Achievement in Costume Design — Bob Ringwood
- Nominated – Best Foreign Film
2005 MTV Movie Awards
2005 Motion Picture Sound Editors (Golden Reel Award)
- Nominated – Best Sound Editing in Foreign Features — Wylie Statesman, Martin Cantwell, James Boyle, Harry Barnes, Paul Conway, Alex Joseph, Matthew Grime, Steve Schwalbe, Howard Halsall, Sue Lenny, Simon Price & Nigel Stone
2005 Teen Choice Awards
- Won – Choice Movie Actor – Drama/Action Adventure — Brad Pitt
- Nominated – Choice Movie Actor – Drama/Action Adventure — Orlando Bloom
- Nominated – Choice Breakout Movie Star – Male — Garrett Hedlund
- Nominated – Choice Movie – Drama/Action Adventure
- Nominated – Choice Movie Fight/Action Sequence
See also 
- Epic film
- Greek mythology in popular culture
- List of films based on poems
- List of historical drama films
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Further reading 
- Petersen, Daniel (2006). Troja: Embedded im Troianischen Krieg (Troy: Embedded in the Trojan War). HörGut! Verlag. ISBN 3-938230-99-1.
- Winkler, Martin M. (2006). Troy: From Homer's Iliad to Hollywood Epic. Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 1-4051-3183-7.
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