Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from ... See full summary »
En route to Thebes for an important diplomatic mission, Hercules drinks from a magic spring and loses his memory. He spends most of the movie in the pleasure gardens of Queen Omphale of Lydia. While young Ulysses tries to help him regain his memory, political tensions escalate in Thebes, and Hercules' new wife Iole finds herself in mortal danger. Written by
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At 23 minutes the tiger trainer is seen from the side and he's holding a whip in his right arm. Then there is a short shot of him from the front and he's holding it in his left. When the shot changes angle it is once again in his right hand. See more »
Hercules Unchained is a nice little tale that drags in the middle but is still fun to watch. Steve Reeves once again plays the demigod of myth. Even though his acting is a little rough, his look, charisma and physique make him one of the most natural and dignified presentations of Hercules to date. His commanding presence is very deserving of the character. The plot centers around a feud between two brothers, Eteocles and Polinices. Hercules agrees to mediate between the two but gets waylaid and loses his memory after drinking the waters of forgetfulness. He ends up in the exotic hands of Omphale, played by Sylvia Lopez, and the brothers move closer to a war in Hercules' hometown of Thebes. The movie drags big time while Herc is with Omphale but is spliced with many scenes of Sergio Fantoni, who gives a fun performance as the crazed Eteocles, and the gorgeous Sylvia Koscina, who reprises her role as Hercules' wife Iole. Gabriele Antonini plays a young Ulysses and goes a nice job of conveying maturity while also displaying youthful exuberance. Sylvia Lopez does a decent job as Omphale and her off beat look is fitting for the character. The two biggest problems of the film are it's tediousness (which often occurs in sweeping epics) and it's convoluted plot which seems to take too much for granted without clearly presenting plot points. There's also something about Egyptians which is never really gone over with any detail. Otherwise, I thought the movie was a pretty enjoyable experience.
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