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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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Hercules (voice)
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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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Panic (voice)
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Zeus (voice)
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Amphitryon (voice)
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Clotho (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 All (88) »

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Zero to Hero! See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The musical number "Zero to Hero" shows Hercules riding Pegasus through the nighttime sky with constellations looking at him, and it shows a woman in a dress that flies up and she holds it down. This is a reference to a famous scene from 'The Seven Year Itch' starring Marilyn Monroe. See more »

Goofs

When Hercules throws the giant discus, the ground is rock; in the next shot, the ground is grass. 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 »


Soundtracks

Go the Distance
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Roger Bart
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User Reviews

Hilarious, great fun for kids and adults.
17 June 2004 | by (Southampton, England) – See all my reviews

I think this film is wonderful. It is sheer entertainment for kids and hilarious for adults.

I first watched this movie age 7, and i loved it...now i watch it again age 14 and I'm howling with laughter. The 'You wanna buy a sundial?' sequence renders me unable to breathe for laughter, whilst when i was younger it got not so much as a giggle.

As with all Disney films, the jokes are for the 'big kids' and the entertainment value is for the little ones.

This film has been criticized for not staying true to Greek Mythology. My response is, it doesn't matter. This a witty, sarcastic and enjoyable film. Accuracies play no purpose.

The characters are wonderful, particularly Phil and Hades. Also, Megara provides a feisty, totally non 'princessy' female character, which is wonderful!

Overall - 8/10


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