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13 August 1965 (Italy) See more »
Reg Park returns to his antics of old as the man of iron in HERCULES THE AVENGER. The Son of Jove undertakes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Tired and shoddy (but with a fun villain) See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)

Reg Park ... Hercules
Gia Sandri ... Regina Leda
Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Anteo
Adriana Ambesi ... Deyanira (as Audrey Amber)
Gianni Solaro ... Teseo
Luigi Barbini ... Xantos
Franco Ressel ... Eteocles
Luigi Donato ... Timoniere
Marisa Belli ... Regina dei figli del sole
Corrado Sonni
Mimmo Poli ... Gerone
Giulio Maculani

Directed by
Maurizio Lucidi  (as Maurice A. Bright)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lorenzo Gicca Palli  (as Enzo Gicca)

Original Music by
Ugo Filippini 
Cinematography by
Alvaro Mancori 
Film Editing by
Maurizio Lucidi 
Art Direction by
Giorgio Giovannini 
Costume Design by
Tina Grani 
Special Effects by
Emilio Trani .... special effects

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Also Known As:
"La sfida dei giganti" - Italy (original title)
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East Germany:91 min | USA:90 min | Italy:96 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Anteo:Drive them into the Valley of Agony... and block the way out!See more »


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Tired and shoddy (but with a fun villain), 21 June 2013
Author: Brian Lindsey ( from Olive Branch, MS

More or less "Reg Park's Greatest Herc Hits", since huge chunks of this film are lifted lock, stock and barrel from HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD and HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN (both 1961). A wraparound story is concocted about Hercules questing for his missing son Xanthus, who is imprisoned in the supernatural domain of Gia the earth goddess. Meanwhile, Gia's evil son Antaeus — himself a demigod — impersonates Hercules and takes over the city-state of Syracuse with the help of its ambitious queen. Ruling as a mad, barbarous tyrant, Antaeus (Giovanni Cianfriglia) starts exiling and slaughtering people at whim, generally soiling the name of Hercules something fierce. Naturally, the real Herc takes umbrage at this...

If you've already seen HAUNTED WORLD and/or CAPTIVE WOMEN then there's really no point in watching this one. All of AVENGER's monster action and FX scenes are borrowed from those films, only with different dialog dubbed in. Its main cheesy pleasure is Gianfriglia's Antaeus. A schoolyard bully in a he-man's body, he's such a cruel, arrogant jerk that you keep watching for the moment when Herc finally kicks his butt. He's at least good for a few laughs, as when barking commands such as, "Drive them into the Valley of Agony... and block the way out!"

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