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Hercules, Samson & Ulysses (1963)

Ercole sfida Sansone (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy | May 1965 (USA)
Two strongmen set out to hunt down a murderous sea monster. Their ship is wrecked and they end up in the Holy Land where Hercules is assumed to be Samson who is a wanted man. The two team up to survive.

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Sansone (as Richard Lloyd)
Liana Orfei ...
Diletta D'Andrea ...
Enzo Cerusico ...
Fulvia Franco ...
Ithaca Queen
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Saran of Gaza
Andrea Fantasia ...
Nando Angelini ...
Rower
Marco Mariani ...
Argos
Jole Mauro
Pietro Tordi ...
Azer
Mario De Simone ...
Daros
Aldo Pini
Ettore Zamperini
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Two strongmen set out to hunt down a murderous sea monster. Their ship is wrecked and they end up in the Holy Land where Hercules is assumed to be Samson who is a wanted man. The two team up to survive.

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1.85 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 41693 delivered on 20-11-1963. See more »

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The helmets of the Roman soldiers are actually disguised World War II German army helmets. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
First Tradesman: [arguing over a goat] And I bought it when I went to the fair in Sylos. And this thief took it from under my nose. He even refused to trade. Just grabbed it as if it were his.
Second Tradesman: Your Highness, I can prove that I am the owner. My father presented this goat to Mother.
First Tradesman: Stop lying to his majesty or I'll break this staff over your skull.
Second Tradesman: Will you just go ahead and try it?
First Tradesman: I will... just as soon as King Laertes upholds my claim.
Laertes - Ithaca King: Why wait? Break it now.
Second Tradesman: He threatened me!
First Tradesman: How can he claim his...
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This Is Too much !!!
30 November 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Pietro Francisci can fairly be called the "King of Sword and Sandals Italian Films". Such pictures could or could not be watchable and perhaps entertaining but as cinema products they were really poor and cheap; you probably enjoyed them as a kid but as an adult they turn impossible to defend. Perhaps the best things Francisci did were Attila with Anthony Quinn and "Hercules" and its sequel "Hercules Unchained" (both with the all-muscle but nothing-of-acting Steve Reeves) this not meaning at all these were good films.

But with "Hercules, Samson and Ulysses" Francisci just goes too far. We have here Kirk Morris (Hercules) fighting Richard LLoyd (Samson) and then both together against the classical tyranny opressing people.

Neither Morris nor LLoyd could possibly act but that doesn't seem to matter at all; the show goes on. What a movie!!! Also notice the villain's soldiers helmets clearly German World War II pieces (from some other film for sure) that are sort of "decorated" too look as ancient pieces of armor; would you believe this?

I think the director just went too far here and the product is simply ridiculous. As a comedy perhaps "Hercules, Samson and Ulysses" could have appeared as an average picture -in fact it makes you laugh often- but as an epic, even a fantasy, it doesn't stand a chance. Mamma Mia!!


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