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Minotaur (2006)

Long ago in the Iron Age, a shadow loomed over a lonely village. For generations, the village youths are stolen from their families and delivered as sacrifice to a mythical beast - the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hardy ... Theo
Michelle Van Der Water ... Raphaella
Tony Todd ... Deucalion
Lex Shrapnel ... Tyro
Jonathan Readwin ... Danu
Rutger Hauer ... Cyrnan
Maimie McCoy ... Morna
Lucy Brown ... Didi
James Bradshaw ... Ziko
Fiona Maclaine ... Vena
Claire Murphy ... Nan
Ingrid Pitt ... The Leper
Ciaran Murtagh Ciaran Murtagh ... Turag
Angela Furtado Angela Furtado ... Raphaella's Handmaiden
Donata Janietz Donata Janietz ... Ffion
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Storyline

Long ago in the Iron Age, a shadow loomed over a lonely village. For generations, the village youths are stolen from their families and delivered as sacrifice to a mythical beast - the Minotaur that dwells beneath a great palace. Theo, haunted by the loss of his love in an earlier sacrifice is convinced that the beast isn't real, and that his girl still lives as a slave within the palace. His father, Cyrnan, the village leader, tries to reason with Theo not to go, but Theo is driven by blind rage. He devises a plan and is taken with the other youths who are dragged screaming from their families. Written by Mykol Gantt

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In His Maze, All Paths Lead To The Grave. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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UK | Luxembourg | Germany | France | Spain | Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2006 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Minotauro See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Hardy's first leading role. See more »

Goofs

In many scenes, especially the scene where Tyro and Didi climb up the wall, there is clearly a steel-wire lifting the actors up, when they are supposed to be climbing by themselves. See more »

Quotes

Deucalion: Inhale the sweetness!
[Gives the Queen the cattle-skull and lets her breathe into it]
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Connections

Remake of The Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete (1960) See more »

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Interesting Interpretation of the Mythological Creature
12 March 2006 | by ennuidollSee all my reviews

I watched this movie expecting to be disappointed and bored to tears, but I was actually quite entertained.

The writers use the legendary Minotaur to create a new mythology around the beast for this film. The monster is created by a people who worship the bull and wished to have a living god. Interestingly, they chose to make the Minotaur white, no doubt to give props to the original myth.

The plot is fairly predictable, but with enough surprises and suspenseful moments to keep it interesting. The characters stay true to being primitive, ancient people. They are simple and their reactions are less than logical, but many horror movies have been built on bad reactions to scary things. The characters lack depth, but I don't think it's inappropriate considering the nature of the film.

The Minotaur itself is well put together. The effects are simple, but not bad. As I was watching I wasn't thinking about how poorly done the effects were or how much better they could've been. In other words, the effects didn't detract from the film without being devoid of effects--a rare thing in movies of this caliber.

The movie begins with an overview of the mythology for the film and sets up the plot very quickly. The rest of the movie takes place in the labyrinth and the palace above it where we encounter bizarre hedonists in a brother/sister prince and princess combo.

The movie is not terrible, nor spectacular. All in all, it was a treat for me to see someone use the Minotaur in a film.


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