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Goliath and the Dragon (1960)
"La vendetta di Ercole" (original title)

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A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the machinations of an evil ruler.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Forest ...
Ercole / Emilius the Goliath
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Renato Terra ...
(as Renato Terra Caizzi)
Federica Ranchi ...
Thea
Ugo Sasso ...
Timocleo di Medar
Sandro Moretti ...
Illo
Salvatore Furnari ...
Little Peasant
Giancarlo Sbragia ...
Tindaro
Michele Gentilini
Wandisa Guida ...
Alcinoe
Nino Milano ...
Lica
Leonora Ruffo ...
Dejanira
Spartaco Nale
Carla Calò ...
La Sibilla
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A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the machinations of an evil ruler.

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This film is listed among the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE. See more »

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In the beginning of the film, when Goliath climbs down into the cave, a thin rope can be seen tied to him. See more »

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Ercole: Collapse like my shattered dreams!
[as he pulls down columns supporting a building]
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Colorful muscle-man epic with the robust Mark Forest and well directed by Vittorio Cottafavi
17 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

This myth -opera Peplum deals about Hercules ,he finishes the seven works going to inferno in the center of earth, a hell plenty of craters,volcano,yellow fume and red foggy with gaudy colors and groundbreaking atmosphere.There battles against can Cerbero with various heads spitting fire and a flying monster likable to a large bat(creatures made by Carlo Rambaldi: ET).Later takes place a palace intrigue with a tyrant named Euristeo(a scarface Broderick Crawford)attempting to rule over the city of Tebas and our hero unhesitatingly goes into action and must use his strength to save his wife and son of a cruel torture with elephants,plus he confronts Zeus represented by a great sculpture.Here Hercules is married with Deianira(Leonora Ruffo) and with a rebel and angry son(Moretti)facing his father,but he's impeded on relationship with Thea and even he's tied a tree by Hercules.Finally takes place an exciting final confrontation into a snakes pit.

This motion picture is an enjoyable sword and sandals story ,being correctly directed by Vittorio Cottafavi(1914-1998),he was a complete artist,painter and Peplum expert,but he directed:Conquest of Atlantida,Legions of Cleopatra,Mesallina and rebellion of gladiators.

This muscle-man epic displays action,adventures,mythology,bizarre and luxurious scenarios and is quite amusing.The movie has not mythological accuracy neither expectation historic.Stunningly cheap special effects like the shots and close-ups of a giant bear that's a man suited struggling against Hercules.Besides appear usual Eurotrash babes like Wandisa Guisa and Leonora Ruffo and a habitual Spaghetti Western,Robert Hundar as a centaur.Mark Forest is good and strong as the mythical hunk who finds several dangerous risks while attempting defeat his enemies and fighting monsters and numerous odds.Forest played the hero in great number of movies was randomly assigned the identity of Hercules,Goliath,Samsom for US version.Bouncing and robust Forest was a muscle-man who allegedly left the Gladiators genre for the Opera and he currently teaches in the L.A. zone.He was one along with the biggest chests like are Gordon Scott,Alan Steel,Reg Park,Ed Fury,Dan Vadis,whom to seek fortune acting absurdly mythological figure but nobody topped Steve Reeves in popularity.


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