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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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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 <>

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2.35 : 1
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American distributor Joseph E. Levine spent more money promoting this film in the U.S. than its original Italian producers had spent making it in the first place. See more »


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 »


Ercole: The sun is high already. You sleep too much.
Iphitus, Son of Pelias: The pleasures I enjoy must aggravate you, but it's early, so please don't start that eternal nagging just because I delayed the great Hercules.
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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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