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Pietro Francisci (screenplay)
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Release Date:
May 1965 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Kirk Morris ... Ercole (Hercules)
Iloosh Khoshabe ... Sansone (Samson) (as Richard Lloyd)
Liana Orfei ... Delilah - Philistine Queen
Diletta D'Andrea ... Leria - Hercules' wife
Enzo Cerusico ... Ulysses
Fulvia Franco ... Ithaca Queen
Aldo Giuffrè ... Seren - Philistine King (as Aldo Giuffre)
Andrea Fantasia ... Laertes - Ithaca King
Nando Angelini ... Rower
Marco Mariani
Jole Mauro
Pietro Tordi ... Azer
Mario De Simone ... Daros
Aldo Pini
Ettore Zamperini
Ugo Sasso
Mario Wassilli
Fortunato Arena
Giovanni Di Benedetto (as Gianni Di Benedetto)
Willi Colombini (as Willy Colombini)
Cinzia Bruno
Fulvio Carrara

Loris Loddi ... Iro
Stefania Sabatini
Walter Grant
Rina Mascetti
Antonio Corevi
Halina Zalewska (as Alina Zalewska)
Wladimiro Tuicovich (as Vladimiro Tuikovich)
Cyrus Elias (as Ciro Elias)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Fantasia ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Pietro Francisci 
Writing credits
Pietro Francisci (screenplay)

Produced by
Joseph Fryd .... producer
Original Music by
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino  (as Francesco Lavagnino)
Cinematography by
Silvano Ippoliti (director of photography)
Art Direction by
Giorgio Giovannini 
Costume Design by
Gaia Romanini 
Makeup Department
Amalia Paoletti .... hair stylist
Euclide Santoli .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Antonio Bramonti .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Franco Di Giacomo .... camera operator
Music Department
Carlo Savina .... conductor
Other crew
Wilbert Bradley .... choreographer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ercole sfida Sansone" - Italy (original title)
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USA:86 min (TCM print) | Italy:93 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Italian censorship visa # 41693 delivered on 20-11-1963.See more »
Anachronisms: The helmets of the Roman soldiers are actually disguised World War II German army helmets.See more »


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5 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
This Is Too much !!!, 30 November 2006
Author: ragosaal from Argentina

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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