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Le fatiche di Ercole (1958)

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

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Ivo Garrani ...
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Antea, Queen of the Amazons
Arturo Dominici ...
Mimmo Palmara ...
Lidia Alfonsi ...
The Sybil (as Lydia Alfonsi)
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 ...
Pollux (as Willy 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 heroic Hercules rip down the Age of Orgy's lavish palace of lustful pleasure! See the seductive Amazons lure men to voluptuous revels and violent deaths! See more »

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Adventure | Fantasy

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(Fono Roma-Westrex System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Marvel Comics pioneer Stan Lee, this film was the main inspiration for the Marvel hero Hercules. See more »

Goofs

When Hercules crushes the lion with his bare arms, the reverse angle shows the lion with a happy contented look on its face, obviously enjoying being snuggled. See more »

Quotes

Ulysses: That's very good, a fine jump. But next time, try to end up on your feet.
Ercole: I wanted you to notice me. I want to be like you, Hercules.
Ulysses: And you will, my boy, because you have a strong will.
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Connections

Followed by Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964) See more »

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A triumph of exploitation cinema and a fondly-remembered genre groundbreaker.
2 April 2003 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

Joseph E. Levine's timing when he decided to capitalize on this low-budget Italian epic was so right that it has become a legendary example of film promotion. That aside, it's amazing still how the dynamic image of Steve Reeves and a multimillion dollar saturation campaign was able to make this one of the most profitable films of it's time. That bad word of mouth didn't kill this picture's boxoffice only goes to show you that kitsch can be appreciated when it delivers, and HERCULES is colossal kitsch that delivers sensational, fetishistic, sexist spectacle in it's cheapest, most primitive form. Tastelessly tasteful.


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