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Release Date:
22 July 1959 (USA) See more »
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See the seductive Amazons lure men to voluptuous revels and violent deaths! SEE the heroic Hercules rip down the Age of Orgy's lavish palace of lustful pleasure! SEE the Mightiest of Men fight the Mightiest of Beasts, the killer Cretan Bull! SEE Hercules fight off the savage love-starved Amazon women! SEE the seductive Amazons lure men to voluptuous revels and violent deaths! SEE the powerful Hercules crush the savage ape-men who guard the shrine of the Golden Fleece! See more »
Plot:
The muscular Hercules performs his Labors, sails with the Argonauts, and romances the fair Iole. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lutz's Hercules Massacred by Critics
 (From Alt Film Guide. 10 January 2014, 2:22 PM, PST)

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The original and best Hercules-Steve Reeves! See more (29 total) »

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Directed by
Pietro Francisci 
 
Writing credits
Apollonios Rhodios (poem "The Argonautica")

Pietro Francisci (adaptation)

Ennio De Concini (writer) &
Pietro Francisci (writer) &
Gaio Frattini (writer)

Agenore Incrocci  credit only (as Age)
Furio Scarpelli  credit only (as Scarpelli)

Produced by
Federico Teti .... producer
 
Original Music by
Enzo Masetti 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Bava 
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Art Direction by
Flavio Mogherini 
 
Set Decoration by
Flavio Mogherini 
 
Costume Design by
Giulio Coltellacci 
 
Makeup Department
Mara Rocchetti .... hair stylist
Euclide Santoli .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mario Pisani .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pietro Nuccorini .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Gianni D'Aloisio .... assistant set designer
 
Sound Department
Renato Cadueri .... sound technician
Giulio Tagliacozzo .... sound technician
 
Special Effects by
Mario Bava .... special effects
 
Stunts
Giovanni Cianfriglia .... stunt double
Nazzareno Zamperla .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Corrado Bartoloni .... camera operator
Mario Bava .... lighting technician
Silvio Fraschetti .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Assunto Lazzazzera .... wardrober
Paolo Tommasi .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Gigliola Rosmino .... editing secretary
 
Music Department
Carlo Savina .... musical director
 
Other crew
Spartaco Conversi .... production secretary
Ferruccio De Martino .... executive director
Massimo De Rita .... assistant to executive director
Gisa Geert .... choreographer
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Ettore Mattia .... assistant to director (as Ettore G. Mattia)
Titta Perozzi .... cutting assistant
Enzo Musumeci Greco .... master of arms (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le fatiche di Ercole" - Italy (original title)
"Labors of Hercules" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
104 min | USA:107 min | West Germany:90 min | Portugal:98 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
This was the first film shot in Italy in the French Dyaliscope anamorphic widescreen system.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After killing the lion and dropping it to the ground, the dead lion blinks.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Splitz (1982)See more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The original and best Hercules-Steve Reeves!, 1 March 2001

It's hard to believe that this movie is now 43 years old. Certainly this is a classic and a must see for all diehard Herc fans.

The movie starts off with a runaway chariot carrying a damsel in distress, Jole, princess and future bride of Hercules (played by the beautiful Sylvia Koscina) next we see and hear a tree being uprooted and the next scene we see Hercules carrying the tree and throws it in front of the chariot stopping the horses. The exhausted Jole faints in the arms of Hercules.

In the next scene, we see Hercules make his first pass at the beautiful Jole by offering her first take on the meal that he had hunted and then feared burned while rescuing Jole. She obliges and Hercules says; "I'll take my first bite right where your lips have touched." Jole stunned by her rescuer makes some unkind comments to Hercules at which point Hercules says; "I'm too hungry to help it."

We see Hercules perform the Labors of Hercules, defeat the Cretan Bull, the Nemian Lion and help Jason find the Golden Fleece and then coming to Jason and his Argonauts rescue as they are being defeated by the evil king. We see Hercules pull chains from the wall and then use them as a weapon to defeat the Kings army first by taking out the evil adversaries one by one and then by wrapping the chains around two pillars supporting the Temple and pulling the Temple down, killing the remainder of the Kings men.

Overall, a good, fun movie. To the critics of this movie, no you won't find a great plot or academy award acting but I am reminded of comments made by the great Kirk Douglas, that people come to movies to be entertained and have fun and not necessarily just to see the movies with the best plot and greatest acting.

Hercules went on to become the biggest box office hit of its time and Reeves went on to become the highest paid actor and box office champion (tied with Sophie Loren) in his time.

This movie started it all. For bodybuilding fans, this is the closest you will ever get to seeing Reeves anywhere even close to top physique shape. The slimmed down Reeves became even slimmer and slimmer as his movie career continued

I would also recommend Last Days of Pompeii and The White Warrior. Son of Spartacus (a sequel to Spartacus starring Kirk Douglas) and Duel of the Titans are also interesting Reeves movies.

In 1977, NBC showed Hercules on network television as the Monday movie of the week followed by Hercules Unchained as the NBC Sunday movie of the week, 20 years after their release in theatres. Reeves movies have become classics and well worth your time to watch, even now 43 years later. Steve Reeves was the first and the best.

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