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Hercules (1997)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hercules (voice)
Young Hercules (voice)
Young Hercules (singing voice)
Phil (voice)
Hades (voice)
Meg (voice)
Pain (voice)
Panic (voice)
Zeus (voice)
Alcmene; Hercules' Foster Mother (voice)
Amphitryon (voice)
Clotho (voice)
Lachesis (voice)


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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Plot Keywords:

hercules | zeus | olympus | hero | hades | See All (124) »


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Release Date:

27 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Herkules  »


Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$249,567, 15 June 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$99,046,791, 21 December 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$252,712,101, 18 August 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Coburn, Phil Hartman, Michael Ironside, Martin Landau, Terrence Mann, Ron Silver, Kevin Spacey, and Rod Steiger auditioned for Hades. Two of these actors that auditioned would later get the parts of villains in Pixar Films, Spacey in A Bug's Life (1998) and Coburn in Monsters, Inc. (2001). See more »


When Hercules is shaking Phil's hand, the two move away from the nearby tree between shots. See more »


[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

The film opens with a prologue by a narrator, but the Muses interrupt and take over. See more »


Version of Herakles (1962) See more »


Go the Distance (End Titles)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Michael Bolton
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User Reviews

The BEST Disney movie I have ever seen!!

Oh my gosh I can't believe that people are complaining about this movie. It is amazing with great art, jazzy music and awesome characters. I am 14 and first saw this movie at 5. I liked the movie then and absolutely love it now.

I love the songs and even though it is not true to mythology, so what?? It's a movie so get over it!! Shesh!! This movie has got heaps of bad reviews but has anybody looked at the good ones?? The characters in this movie are great. Hercules is great and Phil adds some laughs. The villains in this story add soo much humor. Hades, Pain and Panic add soo many laughs and James Woods is perfect for Hades who is one of the best villains yet!! Megara (or Meg) has to be the best heroine from all the Disney movies. For one she is not looking for love, is independent (she can tie her own sandals and everything) and can stand up to her boss. She doesn't let anyone push her around. I think that Susan Egan did Meg's voice perfectly.

Honestly I just want to say that this movie is great for both adults and children and the songs are unforgettable.If you haven't seen go to the video shop and rent it! You wont be sorry!!

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