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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Hydra is a rare instance of blood and gore shown onscreen in a Disney movie, as it visibly bleeds green blood after its heads are cut off. See more »


In the song "Zero to Hero", when Hades pushes the figurine of the boar towards the figurine of Hercules, Hercules' position changes 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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No Importa La Distancia - Go the Distance (End Titles - Spanish Version)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
Spanish Lyrics by Renato López and Javier Ponton
Performed by Ricky Martin
Produced by Renato López, K.C. Porter and Ian Blake
Arrangements adapted by K.C. Porter
Ricky Martin appears courtesy of Sony Music.
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the best since Aladdin!
11 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

wow! This movie was really a pleasant surprise! I went to the theater expecting another below-par Disney film (like Pocahontas and Hunchback), but it turned out to be the most funny and enjoyable one since Aladdin (The Lion King was good, but there's just no contest between Timon & Pumbaa and the Genie )! And a good laugh from a Disney cartoon is just what i needed. You just must see this movie!

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