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Hercules (1958)
"Le fatiche di Ercole" (original title)

 -  Adventure | Fantasy  -  22 July 1959 (USA)
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The muscular Hercules performs his Labors, sails with the Argonauts, and romances the fair Iole.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Fabrizio Mioni ...
Ivo Garrani ...
Gianna Maria Canale ...
Antea, Queen of the Amazons
Arturo Dominici ...
Mimmo Palmara ...
Lidia Alfonsi ...
The Sybil
Gabriele Antonini ...
Aldo Fiorelli ...
Andrea Fantasia ...
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Iole's Maid (as Luciana Paoluzzi)
Afro Poli ...
Chironi
Gian Paolo Rosmino ...
Aesculapius (as G.P. Rosmino)
Willi Colombini ...
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Storyline

In this melange of characters and events from separate mythological stories, Hercules, demigod and superman, arrives in the ancient Greek kingdom of Iolcus to tutor Iphitus, son of king Pelias; immediately on arrival, he falls in love with the king's delectable, briefly clad daughter Iole. Before he can win her, he must succeed in a series of quests, in the course of which he teams up with Jason, true heir of Iolcus, whom he accompanies on the famous voyage of the Argonauts. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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See the seductive Amazons lure men to voluptuous revels and violent deaths! SEE the heroic Hercules rip down the Age of Orgy's lavish palace of lustful pleasure! SEE the Mightiest of Men fight the Mightiest of Beasts, the killer Cretan Bull! SEE Hercules fight off the savage love-starved Amazon women! SEE the seductive Amazons lure men to voluptuous revels and violent deaths! SEE the powerful Hercules crush the savage ape-men who guard the shrine of the Golden Fleece! See more »

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Adventure | Fantasy

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22 July 1959 (USA)  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer-director Pietro Francisci was having trouble finding just the right person to portray Hercules. The problem was solved when his daughter suggested American bodybuilder-turned-actor 'Steve Reeves' whom she had seen in the MGM musical Athena (1954). See more »

Goofs

Hercules offers Iole a chunk of roast beef, but Sylva Koscina's bite at the joint misses by inches. However, she still munches at the imaginary meat and then complains of being too full. See more »

Quotes

Aesculapius, father of Jason: They've all become fanatics since Hercules arrived. They seem to worship nothing but strength.
Laertes: Their studies are neglected for the glory of the arena. Isn't that so, Orpheus?
Orpheus: Yes Laertes, for the moment, poetry languishes. And my lyre will soon sing songs of nothing but heroes in battles.
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Unforgettable !
26 March 2000 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in Brazil when I was 10 and I never could forget it. It is amazing even today. Well produced and directed, it is may be the best of all the Sword and Sandal genre. Steve Reeves was not the awful creature the critics said. And Gianna Maria Canale, the queen of the amazons, deserves the title she once had as the most beautiful woman in the world.


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