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Release Date:
10 October 1961 (Italy) See more »
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Maciste arranges for himself and his new friend Bangor to be captured by a mysterious band of white-clad marauders and taken to an underground city... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Mark Forest ... Maciste, Son of Hercules
Moira Orfei ... Queen Halis Mojab
Paul Wynter ... Bango
Gianni Garko ... Kathar, Kahab's Son
Enrico Glori ... Kahab, the High Priest
Raffaella Carrà ... Princess Salirah
Roberto Miali ... Loth
Nando Tamberlani ... Khur, King of Aran (as Ferdinando Tamberlani)
Carla Foscari (as Carla De Foscari)
Rosalia Gavo
Graziella Granata ... Queen's Handmaid
Janine Hendy ... Queen's Handmaid Playing the Harp (as Jannin Hendy)
Grazia Campori ... Queen's Handmaid
Mara Lombardo ... Queen's Handmaid (as Maria Lombardo)
Luciana Vivaldi ... Queen's Handmaid
Franca Polesello ... Queen's Handmaid
Cinzia Cam ... Queen's Handmaid
Bruna Mori ... Queen's Handmaid
Anna De Martino ... Queen's Handmaid
Gloria Hendy ... Tulac, Bango's Friend
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Directed by
Antonio Leonviola  (as Leonviola)
 
Writing credits
Antonio Leonviola  story (as Leonviola) &
Giuseppe Mangione  story and
Marcello Baldi  screenplay &
Giuseppe Mangione  screenplay

Stephen Garrett  dialogue: english version
Frank Gregory  dialogue: english version

Produced by
Elio Scardamaglia .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Armando Trovajoli 
 
Cinematography by
Alvaro Mancori (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Otello Colangeli 
 
Production Design by
Franco Lolli 
 
Art Direction by
Italo Tomassi (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Franco Lolli 
 
Costume Design by
Gaia Romanini 
 
Makeup Department
Amato Garbini .... makeup artist
Mirella Ginnoto .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Paolo Gargano .... unit manager
Piero Lazzari .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sergio Donà .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Francesco Cuppini .... assistant designer (as F. Cuppini)
Gianfranco Fini .... assistant designer (as G. Fini)
Aristide Spila .... set supervisor
 
Sound Department
Ovidio Del Grande .... sound engineer (as O. Del Grande)
S. Occhetti .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
M. Fino .... chief electrician
Sandro Mancori .... camera operator
Marcello Zucchè .... chief electrician (as M. Zucchè)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lolly Fugagnolli .... assistant costumer (as L. Fugagnollo)
A. Quilici .... assistant costumer
 
Editorial Department
Paolo Lucignani .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Armando Trovajoli .... conductor
 
Other crew
Nellita Zampieri .... continuity
 
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Also Known As:
"Maciste, l'uomo più forte del mondo" - Italy (original title)
"Mole Men vs. the Son of Hercules" - USA (TV title)
"Maciste and the Night Queen" - Egypt (English title) (imdb display title)
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90 min
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Trivia:
Italian censorship visa #35134 issued October 10, 1961.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Since Greco-Roman society had neither the knowledge nor the means to cut and polish diamonds into jewels, the evil Queen's diamond-mining operations are pointless.See more »
Quotes:
Regina Halis Mosab:[to Maciste] Yours will be a splendid death.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Seven Rebel Gladiators (1965)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Over-the-top Peplum, 12 August 2007
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

I have to say that MOLE MEN VS THE SON OF HERCULES is cheesy, the pacing is uneven (there are some really dull spots), the acting is nonexistent and the story doesn't make a lick of sense. Now that I got that out of the way, I have to add that if you're a fan of Peplums or a fan of bizarre movies, you must see this one! There are 4 or 5 unforgettable scenes or elements in it that are amazing and it's the reason why I've rated this 7 out of 10.

The story concerns Maciste who gets involved with the mole men, a civilization which lives under the surface of the earth because the rays from the sun are deadly to them. One night, still on the surface of the earth, Maciste saves Bangor from the clutches of mole men. The two beefy men become friends and eventually decide to confront the underground enemy by letting themselves be kidnapped by them so they can be grouped with the slave population of the mole men and start up an uprising from within. The enslaved people are forced to work at a bizarre contraption that powers the whole underground civilization, which is ruled by an evil but beautiful queen. Maciste and Bangor are made to work at the MASSIVE wheel thing but eventually their presence causes a revolt and the whole underground civilization falls apart.

Suffice it to say, the story is total nonsense, certainly in the way it is presented. It begs more questions than answers. But who really watches these films for the logical stories, hmm? Like I said before, there are many highlights amidst the cheese.

The first highlight is the teaming of Mark Forest and Paul Wynter. They make an impressive beefy duo.

The second highlight is that bizarre wheel contraption, which has to be seen to be believed. It's actually quite impressive and yet funny (in an engineering kind of sense). Who came up with this design?

The third highlight is an incredible feat of strength Maciste, Bangor and another friend of the two have to endure: layers upon layers of heavy slabs are piled on Maciste's shoulders while both of his beefy fiends are sprawled on their backs next to him, with swords just above the two and about to stab them with each additional slab, as Maciste cannot keep the slabs up much longer. Will Maciste kill his friends? Will he then be crushed by the slabs? The whole thing is jaw-dropping. Again, who came up with this incredible torture idea that would be right at home in HOSTEL?

The fourth highlight occurs when Maciste is put on a conveyor belt (yes, a conveyor belt) by an enemy who wants him to be crushed by a rock grinder. Seeing Maciste holding/pushing against the rock grinder, directly forcing the slaves to work harder at the wheel, is too much for words.

And the fifth highlight, and it's a dozy, is seeing one of the mole man put to death with the rays of the sun. Though not gory or violent in any way, this scene would even make some viewers of today uncomfortable nevermind audiences in 1961 when this film was released: we see a near naked man, spread eagled, writhing and moaning loudly as he becomes exposed to the sun. Uniquely over-the-top!

Remarkably, the film still has other highlights, like Maciste killing four mole men with one spear (!) or when Maciste and Bangor bring down the whole underground civilization with the big wheel, or when the Queen discovers she can live in the sun, or the additional torture scenes with Maciste and Bangor.

Unfortunately, there are also some awful scenes such as when Maciste fights an unconvincing gorilla/monster or the many night scenes which are clearly shot in the daytime. And the look of the mole men is not really effective or imaginative in any way, shape or form.

Anyway, MOLE MEN VS THE SON OF HERCULES will never be mistaken as great art but even so, I would love to see this film and those scenes on the big screen. I'm sure those amazing scenes would be even more impressive.

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