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Release Date:
15 April 1963 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Half Woman! Half Stone! THE WEIRDEST! THE WILDEST! Half Woman! Half Stone! See more »
Plot:
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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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)

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
 
Visual Effects by
Mario Bava .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
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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Runtime:
Italy:101 min | USA:94 min | France:98 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.20 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
This is said to be the only "Hercules" movie filmed in 70mm.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When they drop the underling into the pit of liquid he is face down, but his skeleton is face up.See more »
Quotes:
Androclo, Re di Tebe:Uranus... to rule over all!
Ercole:What you say is blasphemy!
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Featured in Cheezy Fantasy Trailers (2006) (V)See more »

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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Unforeseen Perils of the Mystical Unknown, 1 June 2008
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

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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