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Ercole e la regina di Lidia -- En route to Thebes for an important diplomatic mission, Hercules drinks from a magic spring and loses his memory.

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Pietro Francisci (story) and
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Release Date:
13 July 1960 (USA) See more »
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Spectacles of Massive Might Beyond Any Ever Known Before! See more »
Plot:
While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Spectacular Greek adventure with the muscle man hero Hercules-Steve Reeves See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Steve Reeves ... Hercules

Sylva Koscina ... Iole, bride of Ercole
Sylvia Lopez ... Queen Onfale, of Lidia
Patrizia Della Rovere ... Penelope
Primo Carnera ... Anteo, the giant
Carlo D'Angelo ... Creonte, High Priest of Thebes
Gabriele Antonini ... Ulisses, son of Laertes
Cesare Fantoni ... Edipus, King of Thebes
Mimmo Palmara ... Polinices
Andrea Fantasia ... Laertes, King of Ithaca
Aldo Fiorelli ... Argos, the Shipbuilder
Gino Mattera ... Orpheo
Aldo Pini ... Tifi, Pilot of the Argos
Nino Marchetti ... Fossore
Daniele Vargas ... Anfiarao

Sergio Fantoni ... Eteocles
Elda Tattoli ... Altmea, Mother of Ulisses' Girlfriend
Ugo Sasso ... Polinice's Officer
Fulvio Carrara ... Pollux
Willi Colombini ... Castor, Laertes' Assistant (as Willy Colombini)
Fulvia Franco ... Anticlea, mother of Ulisses
Angelo Zanolli ... Admeo
Walter Grant ... Aesculapio
Marisa Valenti ... Ulisses' Bride
Gianni Loti ... Sandone, Captain of the Lidian Guard
Nando Cicero ... Lastene
Colleen Bennet ... Ballerina at Omphale's Palace
Sergio Ciani
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fabrizio Mioni ... Jason (uncredited)

Directed by
Pietro Francisci 
 
Writing credits
Pietro Francisci  story and
Sophocles  story based on: play "Aedipus at Colonus" &
Aeschylus  story based on: play "The Seven Against Thebes"

Ennio De Concini (screenplay) and
Pietro Francisci (screenplay)

Produced by
Ferruccio De Martino .... executive producer
Bruno Vailati .... producer
 
Original Music by
Enzo Masetti 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Bava 
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Set Decoration by
Massimo Tavazzi 
 
Costume Design by
Maria Baroni 
 
Makeup Department
Otello Fava .... makeup artist
Maria Miccinilli .... hair stylist
Rochetti .... wigs
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pietro Nuccorini .... assistant director
Mario Bava .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gianni D'Aloisio .... assistant architect
Giorgio Giovannini .... assistant architect
Flavio Mogherini .... architect
E. Rancati .... weapons and props (as Rancati)
Tani .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Renato Cadueri .... sound
Paolo Ketoff .... sound
Giulio Tagliacozzo .... sound technician
Bruno Zanoli .... microphone technician
 
Special Effects by
Mario Bava .... special effects director
 
Stunts
Nazzareno Zamperla .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Bava .... special lighting director
Danilo Desideri .... assistant camera
Aldo Galfano .... still photographer
Mario Mancini .... assistant camera
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Assunto Lazzazzera .... dress maker (as Assunta Lazzazera)
Mimma Olivieri .... dress maker
Pompei .... footwear
 
Editorial Department
Misa Gabrini .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer
Carlo Savina .... musical director
 
Other crew
Johnny Blysdeal .... choreographer
Dante Brini .... production secretary
Spartaco Conversi .... production secretary
Massimo De Rita .... production assistant
Barbara Fusch .... continuity
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Enzo Musumeci Greco .... fencing master (as Enzo Musumeci)
Salvatore Siciliano .... location sets (as Ture Siciliano)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hercules Unchained" - UK (imdb display title), USA (dubbed version)
"Hercules and the Queen of Lydia" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
UK:101 min | USA:105 min | 97 min (2005 DVD release) | Italy:98 min | West Germany:94 min | Spain:93 min (re-release)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
Composer Enzo Masetti retired after completing the score for this film, in which he uses material from his previous work, Hercules (1958). These two scores became the most famous of his compositions, internationally.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Spectacular Greek adventure with the muscle man hero Hercules-Steve Reeves, 11 July 2010
Author: ma-cortes

The movie opens with the musclebound mythical Hercules ( Steve Reeves ), his recent wife Iole ( Sylva Koscina), and the young Ulysses (Gabriel Antonini) setting off for the city of Thebes , continuing the end of the quest for the Golden Fleece (depicted in the former picture , Hercules , that was essentially a recounting of the tale of Jason and the Argonauts). Their trip is interrupted when Hercules must do battle with the giant Anteus (Primo Carnera), whose strength seems to exceed his own until he realizes that Anteus is the son of the earth goddess, Gea, and can't be defeated on land. On their arrival in Thebes, the trio discovers that the kingdom is in the midst of civil war , Oedipus (Cesare Fantoni), the blind old king, is dying, and his two sons, Polynices (Mimmo Palmara) and Eteocles (Sergio Fantoni), are confronting for the throne and threatening to destroy each other and the populace. Hercules must leave Iole in the hands of one side in order to try and settle the dispute between the two would-be kings. While en route between the two armed camps, however, he is put under the spell of Omphale (Sylvia Lopez), the Queen of Lydia .Hercules drinks from a magic spring and lost his records , then the Queen casts out his memory , is seduced and tangles him as a lover , in addition Ulysses in tow pretending to be his deaf-mute servant. Ulysses must figure out how to keep himself alive, restore Hercules' record, get them both out of Omphale's grasp before she tires of amnesiac Hercules and has him killed , and get them both back to Thebes before the kingdom is burned to the ground. His solution arrives in the form of his father, Laertes ( Andrea Fantasia ), and Hercules' companions as Argo (Aldo Fiorelli) the shipbuilder and the Argonauts from his voyage for the Golden Fleece. They all escape Omphale's clutches and arrive at Thebes where the political tensions raise as war has broken out between the Edipo's sons and their armies , furthermore his new spouse finds herself in mortal risk . In a breathtaking denouement, Hercules brings his chariot into the middle of the thunderous fighting , knocking down assault towers and sweeping cavalry before him to halt the battle.

This mythological movie is plenty of adventures , emotions, thrills , atmospheric settings and colorful scenarios well photographed by the maestro Mario Bava . The plot this time is drawn from the legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes, which are most familiar to audiences through the Theban plays of Sophocles as Aedipus at Colonia and Seven against Thebes by Aeschylus . It is widely considered to be one of the top 10 greatest Peplum films of all time. This great film will surely attract a whole new generation of classic movie fans. And for seasoned cinematic connoseuirs, Hercules Unchained (1959) will rekindle an era of film making at its best. This is Steve Reeves' second and last film portrayal of Hercules is, in certain ways, better than his first . For others who simply enjoy watching timeless pieces with icons such as Steve Reeves. The corpulent Steve Reeves was a hunk man who made lots of roman epic films also called ¨Musclemen movies¨. Luck's Reeves changed when Italian director Pietro Francisci persuaded him to go overseas to star ¨Hercules¨ and sequel ¨Hercules and queen of Lydia also titled Hercules unchained ¨ that served as the prototypes of all cloak-and-sandal movies to come and both of them became a surprise US hit smash . Later on, he followed with ¨Goliath and the Barbarians, The giant of Marathon, The Trojan horse, The son of Spartacus and The Avenger¨ among them . Steve was an American bouncing who emigrated Italy and created a true star-system based on pumped-up heroes. He paved the way for other actors to seek their fame and fortune in Italy playing bouncing adventurers . Other stars by the time on this type of movies are Mark Forest, Gordon Mitchell, Dan Vadis, Brad Harris and 'Gordon Scott' who made him more important competence. Nobody, nevertheless, topped Steve in popularity . Rating : Good , high recommended for Peplum fans

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