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Hercules and the Captive Women (1961)
"Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide" (original title)

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Strong yet sleepy Hercules discovers that the Queen of Atlantis is plotting to take over the world with superhuman warriors.

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Cast

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Reg Park ...
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Ettore Manni ...
Androclo, Re di Tebe
Luciano Marin ...
Illo
Laura Efrikian ...
Ismene, Antinea's Daughter (as Laura Altan)
Enrico Maria Salerno ...
Re di Megara
Ivo Garrani ...
Re di Megalia
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Re di Sparta
Mimmo Palmara ...
Astor, il Gran Visir
Mario Petri ...
Zenith, prete di Urano
Mino Doro ...
Oraclo
Salvatore Furnari ...
Timoteo, il nano
Alessandro Sperli ...
King with Mother
Mario Valdemarin ...
Gabor
Luciana Angiolillo ...
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The ever intrepid world-trotting hunk of a man Herc (Hercules to those who are not his friends) saves a beautiful maiden from the hands of an evil creature. She takes him to her home, Atlantis. Herc kicks some butt and saves her from her mother who wants to kill her and from some scary looking blond guys but unfortunately the rest of the inhabitants are destroyed. Do not worry because Herc escapes along with his son, the maiden and an annoying midget. Written by Splinter <dasplint@nauticom.net>

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This is said to be the only "Hercules" movie filmed in 70mm. See more »

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Soon after Hercules lands on the island of captive women, he fights several animals, including a vulture. Wires controlling the vulture are visible during the fight. See more »

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Androclo, Re di Tebe: Uranus... to rule over all!
Ercole: What you say is blasphemy!
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For the U.S. version distributed by the Woolner Brothers under the title "Hercules and the Captive Women," director Vittorio Cottafavi's name is listed on screen as "Vittorio Cottafani." See more »

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Acceptable and sufficiently budgeted Peplum or Muscle man movie with the corpulent Reg Park
12 October 2013 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Passable Peplum thanks to robust Reg Park and expert filmmaker Vittorio Cottafavi . Mythological epic with a magnificent he-man as is Reg Park and set in Greece and Turkey . The Greek council of the 30 (formed by a nice Italian cast such as Ivo Garrani , Enrico Maria Salerno , Ettore Manni and the notorious Gian Maria Volonte , previous his Fistful of dollars) assigns Heracles (Reg Park) a dangerous mission to go to Orient country to investigate a terrible enemy foreseen by the augur (Nando Tamberlani) . Heroic Hercules along with his son (Luciano Marin) , Androclo, Re Di Tebe (Ettore Manni) and a midget battle the seductive powers of the wicked Queen of Atlantis named Antinea (Fay Spain) . Strong yet sleepy Hercules discovers that the Queen of Atlantis is plotting to take over the world with superhuman warriors . The bouncing Maciste helps the Atlantis citizens and reunites an army of rebels to take on the queen headquarter . But Maciste is captured , locked and become a slave . Our protagonist unhesitatingly goes into action and must use his strength to save the Atlantis townsfolk from villain Queen Antinea . Then Maciste becomes inextricably involved in a war between rebels under his command against an army of automat . Along the way Maciste or Hercules or Goliath frees slaves , moves rocks , fights weird creatures and nasty masked hoodlums .

Italian/French co-production with haunting scenarios , wonderful outdoors and functional production design , including a city similarly designed to mythical Atlantis . Lavishly-produced , sometimes tongue-in-cheek , plenty of action and results to be pretty entertaining . This is a good spaghetti , myth-opera with action , battles , luxurious landscapes and a love story between Hercules' son and a princess . The movie has not mythological accuracy neither expecting historical . Breathtaking scenes when Maciste moves a giant rock , thrown from a cliff , and overwhelming final with surprising and spectacular scenes , including the explosive spotlight when ground shaking , volcano erupts and the town blows its top . In the picture turns up Peplum ordinaries as Ivo Garrani as Re Di Megalia , Mimmo Palmara as Astor, Il Gran Visir , Mario Petri as Zenith, Prete Di Urano and veteran Nando Tamberlani as Tiberiades , the soothsayer. Reg Park is perfect as the mythical hero who encounters many dangerous situations while trying to save his son of numerous odds and taking on the mythical Queen Antinea from Pierre Benoit novel . Reg Park himself became something of a cult personality in the Italian epic genre . Reg was a personal fitness trainer in South Africa . His friend and protégé Arnold Schwarzenegger considered Park to be the best of the "peplum" heroes. Reg Park who played the mythic Maciste in a few movies was randomly assigned the identity of Hercules , Goliath , Samson or Aron for U.S. viewing . Bouncing and strong Reg was the third American actor bodybuilder , after Steve Reeves and Gordon Scott, to be recruited by Italian producers to star in Peplum films . Reg Park played reserve team football for Leeds United before turning to body-building in 1946 . He finished Mr Universe runner-up to future film rival Steve Reeves in 1950 , then won the title outright in 1951, 1958 and 1965. After marrying South African-born Mareon Isaacs in Johannesburg in 1952, the Parks moved permanently to South Africa . Reg used the amount of money he made acting as hero and gladiator films in Italy to fitness . As the muscle-man Reg Park left allegedly the sword and sandals genre for the gymnasium in South Africa where Reg ran a chain of fitness studios . He was one along with Ed Fury , Dan Vadis , Brad Harris , Alan Steel , Rock Stevens , Gordon Scott whom to seek fortune acting absurdly as muscle mythological figures but nobody topped Steve Reeves in popularity . Reg only starred 5 Peplum such as : La Sfida Dei Giganti , 1964 Ursus, terror of the Kirguisos , 1961 Ercole Al Centro della terra Hercules , 1961 The conquest of the Atlántida and ¨Maciste in King Solomon's Mines" - USA (TV title) or "Samson in King Solomon's Mines" which , handily for Park, was filmed on location in South Africa .

Interesting screenplay by Sandro Continenza and Ennio De Concini , a prolific writer/director who wrote a lot of Spaghetti , Gialli and Peplum . This spectacular Sword and Sandal movie displays a colorful and glowing cinematography by Carlo Carlini , filmed on location and Incir De Paolis Studios, Rome, Lazio, Italy . Atmospheric and evocative musical score by Gino Marinuzzi and Armando Trovajoli . The motion picture was professionally directed by Vittorio Cottafavi who also wrote many tales of this kind ,as he continued to realize and write films in similar style , at which he developed a considerable skill and mastery . He began his professional career in the film industry as clapper boy . After progressing to write motion picture screenplays and working as assistant director under Alessandro Blasetti and Vittorio De Sica, he became a director in his own right in 1943. Many of his films have been "sword-and sandal" epics, dealing with mythological subjects involving the Roman Empire or Ancient Egypt such as "The Warrior and the Slave Girl" , "Amazons of Rome¨ , "Goliath and the Dragon" , Messalina¨ and "Cleopatra's Legion" . From the mid-60's, Cottafavi concentrated exclusively on directing TV series and mini-series, under contract to RAI . Rating : Acceptable muscle-men fodder and better than most muscles operas-spaghetti , thanks to Reg Park and by Peplum specialist as is the director Vittorio Cottafavi . Rating : 6,5/10 , Well worth watching and better than average Sword and Sandals movie .


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