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15 April 1963 (USA) See more »
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Half Woman! Half Stone! THE WEIRDEST! THE WILDEST! Half Woman! Half Stone! See more »
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Strong yet sleepy Hercules discovers that the Queen of Atlantis is plotting to take over the world with superhuman warriors. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Acceptable and sufficiently budgeted Peplum or Muscle man movie with the corpulent Reg Park See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Reg Park ... Ercole (Hercules)

Fay Spain ... Queen Antinea of Atlantis
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

Gian Maria Volonté ... 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 ... Deianira, Hercules' Wife
Maurizio Coffarelli ... Proteus the Monster
Leon Selznick ... Narrator, U.S. Version (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tullio Altamura
Raf Baldassarre ... Capo delle guardie
Ignazio Dolce
Nando Tamberlani ... Tiresia
Jimmy il Fenomeno ... Man in Tavern Fight #2 (uncredited)
Nazzareno Zamperla ... Man in Tavern Fight (uncredited)
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Directed by
Vittorio Cottafavi 
 
Writing credits
Vittorio Cottafavi  and
Sandro Continenza  and
Duccio Tessari 

Pierre Benoît  character
Nicolò Ferrari  (as Archibald Zounds Jr.)
Nicolò Ferrari  story (as Archibald Zounds Jr.)

Produced by
Achille Piazzi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gino Marinuzzi Jr. 
Armando Trovajoli 
 
Cinematography by
Carlo Carlini 
 
Film Editing by
Maurizio Lucidi 
 
Production Design by
Franco Lolli 
 
Costume Design by
Vittorio Rossi 
 
Production Management
Danilo Marciani .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giorgio Cristallini .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... manager of art department (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Umberto Picistrelli .... sound
 
Music Department
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer
Gino Marinuzzi Jr. .... conductor
Gordon Zahler .... music supervisor: US version
Darrell Calker .... composer: stock music US version (uncredited)
Walter Greene .... composer: stock music US version (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music US version (uncredited)
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music US version (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Georges Aminel .... voice dubbing: Reg Park
Louis Arbessier .... voice dubbing: Maurizio Coffarelli
Lucien Bryonne .... voice dubbing: Mino Doro
Gabriel Cattand .... voice dubbing: Mimmo Palmara
Jany Clair .... voice dubbing: Laura Efrikian
Jacques Deschamps .... voice dubbing: Ivo Garrani
Michel Gatineau .... voice dubbing: Mario Petri
Hugo Grimaldi .... u.s. version producer/editor
Michel Gudin .... voice dubbing: Enrico Maria Salerno
Claire Guibert .... voice dubbing: Fay Spain
Jean-Louis Jemma .... voice dubbing: Luciano Marin
Hubert Noël .... voice dubbing: Ettore Manni
Serge Sauvion .... voice dubbing: Gabriele Tinti
Maria Tamar .... voice dubbing: Luciana Angiolillo
Haroun Tazieff .... volcano shots
Peter Vander Sloot .... choreographer
Paul Villé .... voice dubbing: Nando Tamberlani
Jean Violette .... voice dubbing: Gian Maria Volontè
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide" - Italy (original title)
"Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis" - International (English title)
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Italy:101 min | USA:94 min | France:98 min
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This is said to be the only "Hercules" movie filmed in 70mm.See more »
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Continuity: Near the end of the film, Hercules swims away from the island to a boat, but when he climbs aboard he is completely dry.See more »
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Ismene:Today is dedicated to Uranus!See more »
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Acceptable and sufficiently budgeted Peplum or Muscle man movie with the corpulent Reg Park, 12 October 2013
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

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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