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The story of the Greek mythological figure, updated in this 80's version.

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Bobby Rhodes ...
King Xenodama
Gianni Garko ...
Valcheus (as John Garko)
Yehuda Efroni ...
Dorcon
Delia Boccardo ...
Claudio Cassinelli ...
Franco Garofalo ...
The Thief (as Frank Garland)
Gabriella Giorgelli ...
Mother (as Gabriella George)
Raf Baldassarre ...
Sostratos (as Ralph Baldassar)
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The story of the Greek mythological figure, updated in this 80's version.

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The Legend Lives! See more »

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Adventure | Fantasy

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Release Date:

26 August 1983 (USA)  »

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Filmed back-to-back with The Seven Magnificent Gladiators (1983) in the Summer of 1982. See more »

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Hercules: Why am I stronger than other men? Why does my strength bring so many sorrows upon my head?
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"Go, kill, my baby toys!"
4 June 2011 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Well what can you say? It was silly. Unintentional of course. However this kitsch-like presentation works because of how cheap and ludicrous it is. Some things have got to be seen to be believed and this 80s take on "Hercules" has plenty in store. One sequence just sticks in mind, other than that meaninglessly grand opening. Hercules taking on a vicious bear. Cool! However how it's executed had me snickering. Actual bear footage spliced together with someone donning a very convincing bear suit. How to end it. The bear suit being flung into outer-space. It's just part of the tragedy that occurs… you know for dramatic effect.

"Hercules" is a low-grade, straight-laced good vs. evil sword and sorcery epic mainly consisting of echoing voices, tacky optical FX, colourful decors (sometimes miniatures) with moody lighting and some atmospheric illustrations / confrontations. The production did drum up some striking images amongst it's cheap sets / effects, but despite that it wasn't principally all that creative in presenting the material. How it plays out, is like a cosmic chest game between the gods. Hercules (the champion of men) must rescue a princess from being sacrificed and encounters obstacles along the way. Some odd moments (like the tin-bot monsters) and lame dialogues. Lou Ferrigno as Hercules has the physic, constantly flexing and twitching his muscles. Wooden, but fitting. William Berger milks it up in the villain role and Sybil Danning looks fetching, but has bite with her villainous turn. Brad Harris and Mirella D'Angelo also appear. Pino Donaggio scores the bombastic soundtrack. Director Lugi Cozzi does a clunky job, but keeps it moving along at a smooth pace. Ham-fisted, but charming entertainment.


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