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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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Good early genre movie. See more (29 total) »

Cast

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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:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
The film was passed over by the major U.S. distributors. An employee of MGM told former exhibitor Joseph E. Levine about it, and Levine flew to Italy to see it. He liked what he saw and acquired the U.S. rights. It became a smash hit and started the craze for Italian-made muscleman spectacles.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:
Iole, Daugher of Pelias:What's the matter? Why do you sit and stare at me like that?
Ercole:I don't know. So few women come this way.
Iole, Daugher of Pelias:And so?
Ercole:As long as your here, I might as well. I never saw a girl more beautiful.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Good early genre movie., 13 December 2007
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

Basically this a movie about Hercules falling into the one adventure after the other, without some times feeling an obvious connection between those events. It makes this a pretty disjointed movie to watch at times. If this movie was being made this present day in exactly the same way it would be an absolutely terrible movie but the fact that this was made in 1958 makes it a good and defining one for its genre.

It's sometimes laughable how fake this movie is looking, for instance when Hercules is fighting a lion and later a buffalo, who are both obvious puppets in the close-up scenes with Steve Reeves. You can call it part of the charm of these old type of adventure movies but it still looks ridicules, regardless.

But besides that all it's a rather good looking movie, with its sets costumes and of course settings. It's an Italian movie, so it features lots of beautiful landscapes.

The story is simple and perhaps not as action filled or fast paced as it could had been but it still is an adventurous one. The swashbuckling and adventure genre had pretty much died already when it was 1958. This is a movie that obviously tries to revive a genre, with some new more 'modern' changes and elements in it. After this 'historic' and mythological movies such as "Jason and the Argonauts". "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and "Spartacus" were made. It's hard to say if this movie influenced any of those movies but fact is that this movie was a popular one at its time, also in America. Therefor it's a really thinkable that this movie played at least some part in redefining the genre.

Not great, most especially not by todays standards but considering the time it was made, a good genre movie that is adventurous and therefor also has entertainment value in it.

6/10

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