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Hercules Unchained (1959)

Ercole e la regina di Lidia (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Fantasy | 13 July 1960 (USA)
While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale.



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Sylvia Lopez ...
Patrizia Della Rovere ...
Primo Carnera ...
Carlo D'Angelo ...
Creonte, High Priest of Thebes
Gabriele Antonini ...
Ulisses, son of Laertes
Cesare Fantoni ...
Mimmo Palmara ...
Andrea Fantasia ...
Aldo Fiorelli ...
Gino Mattera ...
Aldo Pini ...
Tifi, Pilot of the Argos
Nino Marchetti ...
Daniele Vargas ...


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Release Date:

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Italian censorship visa #28586 issued January 31, 1959. See more »


Watch closely the second time Hercules takes up Ulysses' challenge to bend the iron torch stand in an attempt to remember who he is. He successfully does so, and then unbends it just as easily, leaving a slight curve in the stem. However when he returns the stand to its original location, the stand is perfectly straight. See more »


Hercules: I'm so sleepy, I can't seem to keep awake!
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Followed by Hercules and the Captive Women (1961) See more »


Evening Star
Music by Enzo Masetti
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Sung by Sylva Koscina (dubbed by June Valli in the English version)
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Steve Reeves Unleashed
26 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There was only one Hercules, and he wasn't from Mt. Olympus, he was from California, and his name was Steve! This movie proves it. Actually, it's a little better than his original flick, "Hercules". It's more polished, and has a little more action, but then, that's not saying much. It might have been exciting back in 1959 to see some guy pick up a tree, but the modern special effects fests have eclipsed it. Any kid interested in seeing fighting musclemen today wouldn't watch this, they'd be watching Smackdown or whatever it is. WWF. WWE. I don't know. Anyway, they'd rather see Rick Flair and John Cena insult each other.

But hey! I liked it, because I think Steve Reeves was cool! He looked the part with his beard. And he had some build, better than all the musclemen that followed, better than the bodybuilders today. This was his last good film. For all the others, he shaved off his beard and journeyed to strange places, like Russia and India. He should have stayed in ancient Greece.

If your a retro person, you would love this. I dig the retro dancing Greek island chicks. I dig the fake tigers. I dig the chariots, I dig Steve beating up the world's heavyweight champ. You might find other things to dig, so pay homage to old Steve Hercules Reeves himself. He might have been governor of California too.

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