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Pietro Francisci (screenplay)
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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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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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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)

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Italian censorship visa # 41693 delivered on 20-11-1963.See more »
Anachronisms: Power lines visible in the background of some scenes.See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
" We are strangers to Judea, who is this Samson you speak of? ", 17 July 2012
Author: thinker1691 from USA

In the 1960's in the U.S.A. the director of this last sword and sandal film called " Hercules, Samson and Ulysses " was the first to adapt the early Greek myths to the silver screen. The movie went on to be copied again and again. By this final installment Steve Reeves was replaced by a look-a-like Kirk Morris for the Strong Man, Hercules. As for his Judean rival the director choose Richard Lloyd to play the biblical hero. Enzo Cerusico plays the young Ulysses as they set out to confront a gigantic monster in Greece. However, a storm lands them in the Lavant and the land of legendary strong man who battle the Philistines. The movie is expected to follow the earlier films like Hercules and Hercules' Unchained. Instead the director who also wrote the story consigns himself to pairing the two strongmen and their young protégé against the The Philistines and his ally Dalila (Liana Orfei). Delighful as the movie is, audiences keep expecting ,much, much more than is offered, only to be disappointed. Still, the movie is interesting fare for a lazy summer's day. Despite all, it's still enjoyable but relegated to the shelves as a 1960's Classic. ****

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