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The Loves of Hercules (1960)

Gli amori di Ercole (original title)
Hercules must save his true love from an evil queen.

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Licos
Tina Gloriani ...
Rossella Como ...
Aleia
Giulio Donnini ...
High Priest
Arturo Bragaglia ...
Andrea Aureli ...
Andrea Scotti ...
Timanthes
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Némée
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Sandrine
Olga Solbelli ...
Maga, the witch
Antonio Gradoli ...
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Cesare Fantoni ...
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While Hercules is away, his people and the woman he loves are killed by the king of Ecalia. Hercules goes to Ecalia to revenge his dead. When he arrives in Ecalia he finds that the king is dead and queen Dianira reigns. He saves her and falls for her, but Dianira has been promised to Acheloo. His deed became more and more hard among Licos's conspiracy, the Amazons, the Hydra and other monsters... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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19 August 1960 (Italy)  »

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Hercules vs. the Hydra  »

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Jayne Mansfield and Italian actress Moira Orfei did not get along during filming as Orfei felt that she should have been the star. For the Italian release of the picture, Orfei was successful in getting Mansfield's name removed from promotional material. See more »

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Gil Vidal character is Acheloo not Achilles. See more »

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Really enjoyable Hercules action film with great surreal set pieces
22 April 2007 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

HERCULES VS. THE HYDRA definitely ranks in the top 5 of the hundreds of Hercules films made in Italy in the 1960's (the others being HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD; the original Steve Reeves HERCULES; THE FURY OF HERCULES; the delirious THE WITCH'S CURSE; and the equally gonzo HERCULES PRISONER OF EVIL.) But back to HYDRA -- first, you've got Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, and the fact that they eventually married, and that Mansfield died tragically, lends an undeniable poignancy to this movie. There's no way around it, it's part of Hollywood history, and it makes this a very melancholy portrait of two people falling in love. Second, there's Hargitay -- and dammit, he's a REALLY GOOD Hercules, possibly the best on a pure acting level (and Hargitay wasn't really an actor, so that's saying something.) He's dubbed (of course), but there's a real emotional yearning quality that comes across here, and he puts his heart and soul into almost every scene. Watch a bunch of the other Hercules actors and you'll see what I mean. Best of all, the movie veers off into delirious Alexander Ptushko territory about halfway through, when Herc encounters the three-headed Hydra in the land of the Amazons. Anyone who loves Ray Harryhausen type fantasy films will get a kick out of this one. The weird-ass forest of human trees is especially good. Definitely a winner.


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