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
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This was the first film shot in Italy in the French Dyaliscope anamorphic widescreen system. See more »
After killing the lion and dropping it to the ground, the dead lion blinks. See more »
I'll be going now, to my hiding place. As you promised, it was the only reward I got.
Pelias, King of Iolcus:
And the gold?
The gold? But you need light to see it well. It's like blood on my hands. Bloody, like your brother was.
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A triumph of exploitation cinema and a fondly-remembered genre groundbreaker.
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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