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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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13 July 1960 (USA) See more »
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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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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
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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UK:101 min | USA:105 min | 97 min (2005 DVD release) | Italy:98 min | West Germany:94 min | Spain:93 min (re-release)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Antaeus, who dwarfs even Steve Reeves, was the final character played by former world heavyweight boxing champion Primo Carnera.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Lots of fun, 6 July 2002
Author: mijbril from Australia

I grew up watching this stuff as a Saturday afternoon matinee 30 years ago & now, it's still as much fun to watch.

Hercules, now married to Ioli, is returning to Thebes to help sort out a dispute over who has the rights to the throne of Thebes. Along the way, Hercules loses his memory & is seduced by the evil Amphale who goes through husbands like Elizabeth Taylor, however, Amphale is something of a black widow & uses a few Egyptians to preserve her ex-husbands in the family crypt.

However, one look at the rugged carved from granite Steve Reeves & all her black widow tendencies fly out the window, but she still wants him for good.

Of course it all ends up in a good ruckus with sword fights, chariot duels, Hercules throwing tables & coffins at rushing troops, 2 insane brothers with a hatred for each other (& their father) & inevitably the faithful sidekick who chimes in with a few vital day-saving moments.

Clint Eastwood may have been the king of the Spaghetti Western, but Steve Reeves was the king of the Spaghetti Swords & Sandals. So if that's your cup of tea, I recommend this movie as an excellent addition to your collection.

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