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)
Meg (voice)
Pain (voice)
Panic (voice)
Zeus (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 <>

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hercules | zeus | hero | hades | underworld | See All (98) »


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Release Date:

27 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Herkules  »

Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$249,567 (USA) (13 June 1997)


$99,046,791 (USA) (19 December 1997)

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Did You Know?


Phil's line "Don't let your guard down because of a pair of big goo-goo eyes" (heard in the ads) was originally "Don't let your guard down because of a pair of big, blue eyes". By the time the scene was in color, Meg's eyes were purple. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Referenced in Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits (1999) See more »


One Last Hope
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Danny DeVito
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one of the lesser Disney movies
16 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of course, it was only a matter of time before Disney decided to take one of the Greek or Roman myths, tone down the seriousness, create a happier ending, and turn it into an animated feature for children. "Hercules", a Disney retelling of the myth of Heracles, is a film that has a good heart and probably good intentions. If it was meant to inspire children to learn more about mythology, it worked. I marginally enjoyed "Hercules" as a child. The key word is marginally, and now as an older audience member, I still marginally enjoy it, but I do see it as flawed and a little bit of a bore at times.

If you want something completely faithful to the myth, definitely stray away. I wasn't planning on seeing something entirely faithful, still "Hercules" did not fully interest me. I did like the voice acting talents and I did very much enjoy how Danny DeVito did the voice of the half-human half-goat hero-trainer. But one thing I did not like was how the other characters were put on screen. And that's another problem I have with this film. I was not all for the animation style. I felt it was too vibrant, too shoddy, and I just didn't think it was eye candy. I felt Zeus looked a little preposterous among some others. And I know that many, including the Academy Awards, will disagree with me on the next point. But I did not like the main song "Go the Distance" that Hercules sings like three times in a row within twenty minutes. I'm sorry, but I just did not like it. I knew it was going to be there, but I was hoping for something better than what I got.

Don't get me wrong. I did not HATE the film. There were some moments that were quite fun. Such as Hercules's legendary battle with the multi-headed Hydra. Although I felt the serpent needed better-looking heads, the scene were pretty exciting and cool to watch.

Bottom line, "Hercules" will appeal to most audience viewers who like Disney movies. Again, I did marginally enjoy it, but I have seen much better films come out of Disney. I would recommend "The Jungle Book" or "The Rescuers Down Under" and for children, I would say "Hercules" is worth looking at.

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