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Violent, watered-down version of The Iliad.
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  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 163 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie, which is based on The Illiad, should be about love, honor, betrayal, fate, ambition, and of course, hubris, but it is really more about fighting.

Positive role models

Not a lot of positive role models.


Extreme, intense, and graphic battle violence with swords, knives, spears, and fire; many characters brutally killed.


Sexual references and situations including threesome, reference to rape, nudity.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink wine.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know the movie has almost-constant battle violence with graphic and brutal injuries. The weapons include knives, swords, spears, arrows, and fire. Many characters are killed. The movie also has sexual references and situations and brief nudity. A virgin priestess is made available to the soldiers for rape as part of the spoils of war, but this is unacceptable to one of the warriors.

What's the story?

Prince Paris (Orlando Bloom), son of King Priam (Peter O'Toole) of Troy, steals the wife of King Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson) of Sparta: Helen (Diane Kruger), the most beautiful woman in the world. Menelaus and his brother, Agamemnon (Brian Cox) take the Greeks (including Brad Pitt as Achilles) to war against Troy, partly because of Helen, but more because it is an excuse to conquer the Trojans.

Is it any good?


Aside from two key scenes centering on Achilles, TROY is uneven and unsatisfying. The dialogue is as inconsistent as the accents, with modern pronouncements like "we need to talk" and "do it!" alternating with ponderous approximations of classical meter. In an attempt to make one of history's greatest epic sagas manageable on screen, the movie tells us both too much and too little about what is going on and keeps reminding us about everyone's passion for a place in history but does not show us enough about who the characters are and why their destinies are so entangled.

The Iliad is a story about love, honor, betrayal, fate, ambition, and of course, hubris -- the adventure of the best warrior there ever was or will be. This movie is the watered-down, greatest hits, Classic Comics version. It's mostly about the fighting. And Achilles doesn't rage so much as pout and glower.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this story has continued to be vital and meaningful for generations throughout the centuries. Which elements of the story are relevant to contemporary conflicts? The treatment of prisoners? The role of advisors?

  • Achilles was given the choice between a happy life and eternal fame. Why did he decide in favor of glory? What did he mean by saying that the gods envy us because we are mortal?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 14, 2004
DVD/Streaming release date:January 4, 2005
Cast:Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom
Director:Wolfgang Petersen
Studio:Warner Bros.
Run time:163 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:graphic violence and some sexuality/nudity

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Teen, 16 years old Written bydanman12 April 9, 2009


i have a question im going 2 bring it in (im 12) for a greek day and i need to no if theres any real hard core sex or nudity (btw im probably going 2 only play a couple scenes) some1 please answer thank you.
Adult Written byTiredofSexScenes February 2, 2010
Poor role models, of course some nudity including the threesome, nude butts here and there, cheating wives/husbands, useless violence, overall a movie with not much to offer...goes to show there are egotistical idiots even way back then.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written byTaras February 16, 2009

Troy Review For Mr. Stoltman's class :)

There is a movie called Troy. In the movie, it tells about a famous mythological hero. Achilles was helping Greece conquer Troy. The movie took place in Greece, but a very long time ago. It was the time when people still fought with swords and there were world leaders always trying to conquer more land. The Genre of this film is action with a bit of adventure. There was once a hero name Achilles. His father was a god from Olympus while his mom was a human oracle. One day, Greece asked Achilles to help them in the war with Troy. He went to his mother for advice. Talking to him, she said, if Achilles stays where he is now, he will live a happy life and kids. But, if he goes to war, he will take down Troy, but he will go down with it. Then next morning he left of to Troy. Achilles and his army arrive and see a Trojan temple to the Trojan god, Poseidon. They start to attack the worshipers of it and kill most of them. After a while, the king’s son comes to defend it and sees that Achilles took over it. Once Achilles sees the son come, he chops the head of the statue of Poseidon. Next morning they take their army, and decide to attack Troy. Troy’s walls are very big so it was hard for Greece to penetrate them. After a long day of fighting the Grecians come up with a very good plan. At night they craft a big wooden horse that is a sign of peace for Troy. A lot of soldiers get in it and other roll them to the Trojan gate. The Trojans accept it as a sign of peace and take it into their city. At night Achilles and his army get out and open the gates for the big army to get in. They burn the city down and run everyone out of it. Achilles goes to the highest point of the city and sees that his beloved was going to be persecuted. He runs to save her but doesn’t see a man with a bow and arrow behind him. Once Achilles gets to her, the archer shoots him in his heel and then he shoots him many times. After a while, the great hero Achilles died. After the win, all the people remember the name Achilles, for he was a great hero of Greece. The costume design was very creative and they used a lot of detail on it. It looked slim so it was like older armor with a modernistic touch. Their weapons looked like real ones and so did their shields. They could swing them so quickly and easy because they were light.