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Hercules (1958)

Le fatiche di Ercole (original title)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrizio Mioni ...
Ivo Garrani ...
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 ...


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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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Among the merchandise tie-ins for this film was a comic book published by Dell. It had an initial order of 500,000 copies. See more »


Obvious stunt double for Iole when Hercules rescues her from the runaway chariot at the beginning of the movie. See more »


Eurysteus: Hercules was Chiron's close friend. He hasn't forgotten what's happened to him.
Pelias, King of Iolcus: That took place years ago.
Eurysteus: Hercules is honest. And honesty always finds the truth, even after many years. His purpose for coming here is to clear Chiron's name.
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One of good old films
25 November 2006 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

I had seen this movie many years before when I was a teenager. Then, I loved the movie because it had elements like strong good man fighting against the bad, beautiful women, myth, and good movie techniques regarding those days. By chance, I watched it again today and I enjoyed it again -maybe nostalgia played a major role-. But I missed those days films; noble feelings, not exploiting sexuality too much etc. I remember watching the movie together with some of my friends and deciding that we could start body building as Steve Reeves did. Maybe we hoped to be like Mr. Reeves. Indeed, we started the exercises -and of course, we couldn't have a physical look like he did- However, I can frankly say that we had benefited from our efforts regarding our healths -and surely we had builded a more good looking body- I recommend to our coevals that they watch this movie and similar ones from time to time.

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