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

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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:
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 ...
Iole's Maid (as Luciana Paoluzzi)
Afro Poli ...
Gian Paolo Rosmino ...
Aesculapius (as G.P. Rosmino)
Willi Colombini ...


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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Release Date:

22 July 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The international success of this film and its sequel, "Hercules Unchained" (1959), made them the highest grossing films in the history of the Italian film industry. See more »


After Hercules kills the lion and drops it to the ground, the dead lion blinks. See more »


Ercole: I can't stand being superior. Let me experience the real things, love or hate.
The Sybil: Those are mortal states, Hercules.
Ercole: If it's my immortality making me unhappy, then I'll do without it.
The Sybil: That's dangerous, Hercules. Don't you know how foolish you'd be to renounce it? To be born a man and to see everything die is not to be immortal. Stay as you are. Be a god. Don't exchange immortality for fear, pain, and sorrow.
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Steve Reeves - The Great One
12 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is actually two stories in one: the first is about Hercules trying to find his niche in the world as a rugged adventurer and champion of the oppressed, the 2nd is about Jason and the Argonauts and Herc looking for the Golden Fleece.

Longer and slower than some of the successors and with quite possibly less fight scenes, these are still the best due to the respect and attention given to the characters. Reeves, looking like a pumped up Jonathan Frakes, is probably still the best of the lot, though we only got to see him fight lions, tigers, bulls, monkey people and Primo Carnera as opposed to monsters, but maybe it was better this way. Made things more serious and real world like.

So in other words, don't count this one out!

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