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Le fatiche di Ercole
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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
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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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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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Obvious stunt double for Iole when Hercules rescues her from the runaway chariot at the beginning of the movie.See more »
Quotes:
Pelias, King of Iolcus:You want only your glory. You brought the gods' vengeance on my house. You'll atone for these things. You fought the lion. You'll pay for the things you believe in. You'll do as I order you to! And I swear no man will help you. I charge you to meet the Cretan Bull in battle and may the curse of the gods be upon you... until you pay for the blood of Iphitus.See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Hercules, 11 December 2006
Author: mhrabovsky1-1 from michigan

The movie that launched the career of muscle man Steve Reeves.... In the late 1950s Italian director Pietro Franicisi wanted to do a film about the exploits of the famous muscleman, "Hercules"...he had scoured actors all over Europe looking for a handsome, musclebound actor who could complement the role...soon his daughter who had seen Reeves in a couple of B films recommended Reeves to her father....the rest was history. Reeves was an out of work muscleman actor who reportedly took the role for about $40,000 US cash - quite a sum at the time for an unemployed actor. The rest as they say is history. When first released it was panned by the major US studios until a film producer named Joseph E. Levine took a big chance and bought all the rights to the film's USA release. After a major US advertising campaign on television and in the newspapers the film confounded the experts and for some strange reason became an international hit. The timing was right for some unknown reason for this cheaply made muscle man movie to become a hit. At the time fantasy films, such as the Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and others were big at the box office. Reeves incredible physique and handsome face were big attractions to the young boys and ladies who went to see the film. Levine hit the jackpot again when Francisi made "Hercules Unchained" a few months later after the release of "Hercules". "Hercules Unchained " made even more money, in fact an astounding amount in 1960 and became one of the year's biggest grossing films. Soon, Italian directors jumped on the bandwagon and starting churning out these muscleman epics by the dozens.....Gordon Scott, Mark Forrest,Reg Lewis, and Kirk Morris all tried to duplicate Reeves in these "epics".....and the public loved them. Reeves went on to make several more muscleman epics in the late 50s and early 60s playing Morgan the Pirate, The Thief of Bagdad, Goliath, The White Warrior, The Son of Spartacus and other muscleman epics. An odd twist to Reeves career was the fact that he reportedly turned down two roles that became international sensations: He was offered the role of James Bond by producer Cubby Broccoli and "The Man with No name" made popular by Clint Eastwood and made by Sergio Leone....for whatever reason Reeves turned the roles down....hard to understand. Reeves retired to ranching, his first love in the late 60s and raised cattle and horses until his death in 2001. The greatest physique ever seen on a man....probably the most admired bodybuilder of all time.

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