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The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.

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Young Hercules (voice)
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Young Hercules (singing voice)
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Philoctetes (voice)
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Meg (voice)
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Pain (voice)
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Amphitryon (voice)
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Lachesis (voice)
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Storyline

Hercules, son of the Greek God, Zeus, is turned into a half-god, half-mortal by evil Hades, God of the Underworld, who plans to overthrow Zeus. Hercules is raised on Earth and retains his god-like strength, but when he discovers his immortal heritage Zeus tells him that to return to Mount Olympus he must become a true hero. Hercules becomes a famous hero with the help of his friend Pegasus and his personal trainer, Phil the satyr. Hercules battles monsters, Hades and the Titans, but it is his self-sacrifice to rescue his love Meg which makes him a true hero. Written by Kristi Connolly <kristic@nlc.net.au>

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hercules | zeus | hero | olympus | hades | See more »

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You can run but you can't Hydra! See more »


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Release Date:

27 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Herkules  »

Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£81,479 (UK) (2 January 1998)

Gross:

DEM 26,847,449 (Germany) (16 January 1998)
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Trivia

John Lithgow was originally cast as Hades and recorded all of the dialogue. He was ultimately replaced with James Woods. See more »

Goofs

Hades orders the Titans to destroy Zeus but as Zeus is a God this would mean he is immortal so he can't be killed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Long ago, in the faraway land of ancient Greece, there was a golden age of powerful gods and extraordinary heroes. And the greatest and strongest of all these heroes was the mighty Hercules. But what is the measure of a true hero? Ah, that is what our story is...
Thalia: Will you listen to him? He's makin' the story sound like some Greek tragedy.
Terpsichore: Lighten up, dude.
Calliope: We'll take it from here, darling.
Narrator: You go, girl.
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Crazy Credits

Hades (James Woods) says: "What d'ya say? It's happy ending time! Everybody's got a little taste of somethin' but me. I got nothin'. I'm-- I'm here with nothin'. Anybody listenin'? It's like I'm-- What am I, an echo or something? Hello? Hello? Am I talking to, what, hyperspace? Hello, it's me. Nobody listens. See more »

Connections

Followed by Hercules (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Zero to Hero
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
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Disney's funniest
12 December 2000 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I'm shocked to see this movie with a rating below 7. As a big Disney fan, I'll go out on a limb and say this is one Disney's top 5. There isn't a Disney movie out there with wit as sharp as this one's with much of it probably lost on the audience guessing by the rating given to this movie.

"Meg" definitely emerges as my all-time favorite female Disney role. Breaking from tradition, her character is not all that lady-like in her biting wit and sarcasm, but it works, serving to make the movie funny and her character lovable despite working with questionable motives.

The set-up and plot is typical for the movie but the script, animation, and music are most original AND good. IF I had to register a complaint, I would say that it's perpetual humor kept the movie from being emotionally wrenching. However, this movie remains one of the most entertaining I've seen. 8.5/10


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