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Le fatiche di Ercole (1958)

The muscular Hercules performs his Labors, sails with the Argonauts, and romances the fair Iole.

Director:

Pietro Francisci

Writers:

Apollonios Rhodios (poem) (as Appollonius of Rhodes), Pietro Francisci (adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Reeves ... Ercole (Hercules)
Sylva Koscina ... Iole, Daugher of Pelias
Fabrizio Mioni ... Jason
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Pelias, King of Iolcus
Gianna Maria Canale ... Antea, Queen of the Amazons
Arturo Dominici ... Eurysteus
Mimmo Palmara ... Iphitus, Son of Pelias
Lidia Alfonsi Lidia Alfonsi ... The Sybil (as Lydia Alfonsi)
Gabriele Antonini Gabriele Antonini ... Ulysses
Aldo Fiorelli Aldo Fiorelli ... Argos
Andrea Fantasia Andrea Fantasia ... Laertes
Luciana Paluzzi ... Iole's Maid (as Luciana Paoluzzi)
Afro Poli Afro Poli ... Chironi
Gian Paolo Rosmino Gian Paolo Rosmino ... Aesculapius (as G.P. Rosmino)
Willi Colombini Willi Colombini ... Pollux (as Willy Colombini)
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Storyline

In this melange of characters and events from separate mythological stories, Hercules, demigod and superman, arrives in the ancient Greek kingdom of Iolcus to tutor Iphitus, son of king Pelias; immediately on arrival, he falls in love with the king's delectable, briefly clad daughter Iole. Before he can win her, he must succeed in a series of quests, in the course of which he teams up with Jason, true heir of Iolcus, whom he accompanies on the famous voyage of the Argonauts. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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See the seductive Amazons lure men to voluptuous revels and violent deaths! SEE the heroic Hercules rip down the Age of Orgy's lavish palace of lustful pleasure! SEE the Mightiest of Men fight the Mightiest of Beasts, the killer Cretan Bull! SEE Hercules fight off the savage love-starved Amazon women! SEE the seductive Amazons lure men to voluptuous revels and violent deaths! SEE the powerful Hercules crush the savage ape-men who guard the shrine of the Golden Fleece! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hercules See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,900,000
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Runtime:

| (Retromedia DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Fono Roma-Westrex System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1953, producer Edward Small announced a version with Lex Barker but it failed to materialise. See more »

Goofs

After Hercules kills the lion and drops it to the ground, the dead lion blinks. See more »

Quotes

Eurysteus: I'll be going now, to my hiding place. As you promised, it was the only reward I got.
Pelias, King of Iolcus: And the gold?
Eurysteus: The gold? But you need light to see it well. It's like blood on my hands. Bloody, like your brother was.
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Alternate Versions

The Latin American versions and US Spanish versions are 107 minutes long and uncensored. The Latin American versions even keeps the original/alternate European Spanish Dialogue. See more »

Connections

Version of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) See more »

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10 March 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Don't look for an Oscar moments here as the acting is wooden for the most part and the special effects a bit far-fetched, but this is a film that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Mr. Universe 1950, Steve Reeves became a star with this film. People didn't come to see acting, they just wanted him to take his shirt off. He would be the role model for future Hercules like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, who gave him his due.

After performing all the stunt he is famous for, he saves the day for Jason (Fabrizio Mioni, who went on to a long TV career in America) and rowed off into the sunset with Croatian beauty Sylva Koscina.

This is the stuff epics are made of.


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