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Hercules (1997)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  27 June 1997 (USA)
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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)
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 <kristic@nlc.net.au>

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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)


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

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Did You Know?


John Goodman, James Belushi, Gregory Peck, and Patrick Stewart were all considered for the role of Zeus. All of them but Gregory Peck would later however star in Future Disney Animated Films: -John Goodman would voice Pacha in The Emperor's New Groove (2000) and Big Daddy in The Princess and the Frog (2009). -Patrick Stewart would voice Mr. Woolensworth the Sheep in Chicken Little (2005). -While not in the Disney Animated Feature lineup, James Belushi would voice Benny the Squirrel in The Wild (2006). See more »


When Hercules destroys the marketplace near the beginning of the movie, the pillars start falling outwards from the center of the circle towards the entrance of the marketplace. In the next part of the scene, the pillars are collapsing inwards towards the center of the circle and fall on each other before they crash on the pottery vendor. 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 Epic Mickey (2010) See more »


Zero to Hero
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
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User Reviews

The last of the new classics
14 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Although I know I have heaped praise on several other Disney films...Hercules stands out as my favourite among them all. After this movie the Disney features once again seemed to slip downhill. However I can watch this movie again and again, it has a spectacular Greek chorus, gospel type score, which will ring in your head for days (and you will like it!). The characters are all likeable, even the villain and it is absolutely hilarious!

I have never understood the panning this film got from Disney fans, as I have never comprehended what there is to dislike. The animation is beautifully done, although it is done in the style of Greek art, which may not be to everyone's taste (very similar situation to Sleeping Beauty which was disliked by some because it was animated in the style of a medieval tapestry), but it works wonderfully for the film.

Take a chance and watch it...and when you're done watching it for the sixteenth time, go out and buy the soundtrack!

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