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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Joseph E. Levine was so confident in the success of his release of "Hercules" (1959) in the United States that he bought the distribution rights to this film in advance and even visited the set as it was being shot. 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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Referenced in Desires of the Devil (1971) 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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Fun Sequel...
6 February 2003 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

but not at the level of the original 1958 film also starring Steve Reeves in the lead role.

Still this does deliver some good thrills such as Hercules battling the giant Antaeus (Primo Carnera), trying to escape the influence of Queen Omphale (Sylvia Lopez who I feel was truly bewitching in the role), tangling with deadly tigers and finally trying to rescue his lovely bride Iole (Sylva Koscina) from the crazed Eteocles all while trying to stop his homeland of Thebes from descending into war.

The middle portion of the film which has Hercules under the spell of Queen Omphale once his memory has been wiped away by the waters of forgetfulness is a bit slow but is still fun...fun adventure not to be taken too seriously is how I'd describe this one.

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