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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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Pain (voice)
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Panic (voice)
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Zeus (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 All (88) »

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Release Date:

27 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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

First Disney film since Oliver and Company where the villain does not sing, while McLeach (the villain of The Rescuers Down Under) didn't have a huge musical number like the films that followed, he is seen singing a rendition of Home on The Range. See more »

Goofs

When Phil admonishes Hercules, "Don't let your guard down because of a pair of big goo-goo eyes," he's clearly mouthing the word "blue" instead of "goo-goo." Meg's eyes were originally going to be blue, but later on they were changed to purple to match her dress. 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 »

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Referenced in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

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