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Hercules (1958) More at IMDbPro »Le fatiche di Ercole (original title)

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Hercules -- In Hercules, the granddaddy of all sword and sandal films, the mythical muscleman (played by former Mr. America and Mr. Universe Steve Reeves) joines the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece. Along the way, they encounter a bevy of buxom Amazons, hideous apemen, Italian sex goddesses Sylva Koscina (Lisa and the Devil) and Giana Maria Canale (I Vampiri), and a gigantic dragon.


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Release Date:
22 July 1959 (USA) See more »
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 »
The muscular Hercules performs his Labors, sails with the Argonauts, and romances the fair Iole. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (From Alt Film Guide. 10 January 2014, 2:22 PM, PST)

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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
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)
Crew verified as complete

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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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104 min | USA:107 min | West Germany:90 min | Portugal:98 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

In 1962, Embassy Pictures reissued "Hercules" on a double feature with Attila (1954) with the tag line "The Mightiest Men In All The World! The Mightiest Show In All the World!"See more »
Revealing mistakes: After Hercules kills the lion and drops it to the ground, the dead lion blinks.See more »
Eurysteus:Hercules was Chiron's close friend. He hasn't forgotten what's happened to him.
Pelias, King of Iolcus:That took place years ago.
Eurysteus:Hercules is honest. And honesty always finds the truth, even after many years. His purpose for coming here is to clear Chiron's name.
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Steve Reeves - The Great One, 12 June 2003
Author: DarthBill from United States

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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