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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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  (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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Anteo:Drive them into the Valley of Agony... and block the way out!See more »


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Hercules' cut-and-paste adventures, 9 April 2014
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

HERCULES THE AVENGER is a cheapo peplum adventure that rips off plenty of footage from two previous HERCULES outings, HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN and HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD. Needless to say, those two earlier films are much, much better, leaving this a curious relic more than anything else.

Director Maurizio Lucidi handles the newly-filmed footage which sees Hercules attempting to save his beleaguered son as well as the people of Syracuse when they're menaced by the Earth goddess Gaia as well as her evil son (played by SUPERARGO actor Giovanni Cianfriglia). Inevitably, much of the storyline sees our hero engaging in oddly-familiar adventures underground.

HERCULES THE AVENGER is really a film for cult fans only. It has its positives, such as a relatively fast pace for this genre and plenty of action, but the calibre of the acting is below par (Reg Park seems to be on particularly bad form) and the material is just too familiar to be fully enjoyable. Even the climactic fight employs a plot twist involving the strength of the villain which was already played out in one of the Steve Reeves HERCULES films I watched. Certainly a forgettable effort in a genre already loaded with them.

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