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

Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy  |  15 April 1963 (USA)
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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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Ettore Manni ...
Androclo, Re di Tebe
Luciano Marin ...
Laura Efrikian ...
Ismene, Antinea's Daughter (as Laura Altan)
Enrico Maria Salerno ...
Re di Megara
Ivo Garrani ...
Re di Megalia
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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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Heroic Hercules battles the seductive powers of the wicked Queen of Atlantis! See more »

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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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Zantas, Priest of Uranus: The blood of Uranus can never be destroyed!
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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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Unforeseen Perils of the Mystical Unknown
1 June 2008 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Vittorio Cottafavi's Hercules and the Captive Women recycles the standard Hercules plot structure. If you have seen any of its predecessors or descendants, you have seen something very much like this film. However, in this case, the entire army of evil-doers Herc must confront are immortals from Atlantis who have been secretly infiltrating Greek politics. Most of the action takes place on Atlantis after Herc, his son, and a couple of friends wash up there.

Hercules is played by Reg Park, a very beefy non-actor built like a comic book superhero. Park seems to spend the first 1/3rd of the film lounging about, and most of the second 2/3rds flexing and fighting. His occasional lines are clearly spoken, but without a great deal of enthusiasm. Most of the acting is OK. No real highlights in the cast, though.

The action sequences are fairly entertaining, but don't compare favorably to the special-effects saturated fight scenes of today. Like many Hercules films, Captive Women features lavish costumes and sets.The costumes are up to the series above-average standards and a few of the Atlantean sets are really nice. The script is on par with most of the series, which is to say that it is not very good.

Recommended for Hercules fans only.


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