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Hercules (1958)

Le fatiche di Ercole (original title)
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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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,900,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Retromedia DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Fono Roma-Westrex System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The international success of this film and its sequel, "Hercules Unchained" (1959), made them the highest grossing films in the history of the Italian film industry. See more »

Goofs

Hercules offers Iole a chunk of roast beef, but Sylva Koscina's bite at the joint misses by inches. However, she still munches at the imaginary meat and then complains of being too full. See more »

Quotes

Argos: All of you here in the arena? And have you all changed to his ways? Ha. Talk to the men, they speak only of Hercules.
Laertes: He's won their hearts. They won't listen to me. To my way of thinking, he could start them battling against their elders.
Orpheus: No, Laertes. Just watch Hercules, a born master of these things. If he could fight here, he could bring defeat to our enemies. Look at him, standing with Castor and Pollux. Deceit does not go with a man of such qualities.
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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 »

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Steve Reeves - The Great One
12 June 2003 | by DarthBillSee all my reviews

This is actually two stories in one: the first is about Hercules trying to find his niche in the world as a rugged adventurer and champion of the oppressed, the 2nd is about Jason and the Argonauts and Herc looking for the Golden Fleece.

Longer and slower than some of the successors and with quite possibly less fight scenes, these are still the best due to the respect and attention given to the characters. Reeves, looking like a pumped up Jonathan Frakes, is probably still the best of the lot, though we only got to see him fight lions, tigers, bulls, monkey people and Primo Carnera as opposed to monsters, but maybe it was better this way. Made things more serious and real world like.

So in other words, don't count this one out!


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