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Writers:
Pietro Francisci (story) and
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Release Date:
13 July 1960 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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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HERCULES UNCHAINED (Pietro Francisci and, uncredited, Mario Bava, 1959) **1/2 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:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Italian censorship visa #28586 issued January 31, 1959.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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Django Unchained (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
HERCULES UNCHAINED (Pietro Francisci and, uncredited, Mario Bava, 1959) **1/2, 23 March 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

The sequel to HERCULES (1958) is even less enthusing but remains, nonetheless, an adequate example of the peplum genre.

Sylva Koscina's role of Iole, Hercules' love interest, is diminished here since the most prominent female figure on display emerges to be the femme fatale-ish Queen of Lidia Omphale (the film's original title, incidentally, translates to HERCULES AND THE QUEEN OF LIDIA) – the latter is played by another red-headed beauty Sylvia Lopez, who died of leukemia not long after the film's release! Needless to say, the muscle-bound hero (Steve Reeves) falls under her spell after having conveniently drunk from a spring that renders him an amnesiac (though not before he's been engaged in an irrelevant wrestling bout with ex-heavyweight champion Primo Carnera as an irascible giant!); his friend Ulysses, however, is on hand to watch over him (ostensibly in the function of Hercules' deaf-mute slave). Meanwhile, back home in Thebes, two brothers fight it out over the throne – with Iole at the mercy of a cackling maniac (an over-the-top Sergio Fantoni)...

By the way, both of these Hercules films featured atmospheric cinematography by Mario Bava - who would himself direct one of the better adventures revolving around this mythical figure, HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD (1961) starring Reg Park. As for Francisci, he worked most often in this genre: from ATTILA (1954; co-starring Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren) – which is overdue for a reappraisal and has, incidentally, just been announced as an upcoming DVD release from Lionsgate! – to the low-brow HERCULES, SAMSON AND ULYSSES (1963; with Kirk Morris now as Hercules) and SINBAD AND THE CALIPH OF BAGHDAD (1973; his last film and which I recall watching eons ago on Italian TV).

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