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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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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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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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The stupendous saga of the mightiest of mortals! Half god...half pagan! See more »

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Adventure | Fantasy

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The film's cinematographer Mario Bava claimed credit for suggesting that Reeves grow a beard for the role. See more »

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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 »

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Ercole: Why did Iphitus have to die? Answer me, Sybil. I cannot understand. I'm greatly confused. A man I could crush with one hand gives me an order. A woman humiliates me.
The Sybil: It is not you who is to blame, Hercules. Iphitus died simply because he was not meant to be king of Iolcos. Now the gods assign a new labor to you. They want you to go out and chance your fate against the Cretan Bull.
Ercole: Enough. I'm tired of doing all of these senseless things for the gods. When will I be worthy in the eyes of the ...
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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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