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Mazzaup2 | 22:38 Wed 03rd Aug 2005 | Media & TV
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You may have had this topic before - but...

The movie Troy was soooo innacurate it was unbelieveable!! Its was 'inspired' by Homer's Illiad apparently. The mistakes are as follows...

1) Agamemnon doesnt kill Priam - Achilles son Pyhrrus does

2) Ajax doesnt die at Troy - he goes mad and drills his brain out after

3) Menelaus doesnt die! - In fact he is in Homer's Sequel to the Illiad, The Odyssey (There are rumours that thy are palnning to do an Odyssey film so they'll need to butcher that story as well)

4) Patroclus isnt Achilles' cousin - He is his GAY lover!

5) Agamemnon doesnt die! - He get's killed by his wife (Clytaemnestra) on his return home

6) Aeneas (the guy who is given the sword at the end) was not that young - He was a General at Troy so wouldnt have been 18! See Virgil's Aeneid.

7) Achilles deatwass wrong! - He fell in love with Polyxena (not Briseis) and wanted to marry her in Apollo's temple. Paris shot a poisoned arrow (guided by Apollo) which hits his heel and kills him.

8) WHERE ARE THE GODS!! - They control most of the events in the book!! Its is a myth for crying out loud!!

9) Helen doesnt escape Troy - Menelaus (who if you remember DOESNT die) takes her back to Sparta!! (See The Odyssey).

I think ive covered most of the major mistakes that just goes to show that hollywood can severly butcher a brilliant epic story.

Does anyone else agree?


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You may well be correct BUT the film never claimed to be an exact account of the story told in Greek mythology, it is 'inspired' by it.

I have read the story may years ago but to be honest can only remember the bare bones of it and certainly wouldn't be able to point out as many 'mistakes' as you have!  You obviously know the story well so why did you watch a film that, with the very words 'inspired by', was giving a clue that it wouldn't follow the story to the letter!

Anyway, Brad Pitt was in it - I thought it was great!!!

I didnt know it was so innacurate, that's a shame. Then again, most films are. However, I also thought it was excellent!
Maybe it was inspired by Homer's Impson?
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Although i do know the story pretty well i am also a movie buff!! I love cinema and the art form that it creates and so i try to visit as often as possible!!

When Troy was said to be coming out i was hopeful that someone MAY do a worthy epic adaptation of such a fantastic story. I did not know that it was 'inspired by the Illiad' until the credits.

Imagine my reaction with a group of fellow claccisists when the first item of the credits rolls up as 'inspired by the Illiad'! We burst out laughing.

I was hoping for at least a semblance of an accurate film - what we got was the same character names.

Aside from that the battle scenes were fantastic and the acting from Brian Cox and Peter O'Toole was fantastic.

totally agree, besides I couldn't take my eyes off Brad Pitts stupid hair

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