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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 ... 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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The stupendous saga of the mightiest of mortals! Half god...half pagan! 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:

Hercules See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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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

In the days before home video, this film and its sequel, Hercules Unchained (1959) (U.S. title: "Hercules Unchained"), continued to have successful re-releases to theatres through the mid-1970s, even after they had appeared on network television and in television syndication. 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

Title Card: Immense and immortal was the strength of Hercules, like the world and the gods to whom he belonged... Yet from letter men he learned one eternal truth - that even the greatest strength carries within it a measure of mortal weaknes...
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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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Version of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) See more »

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The original and best Hercules-Steve Reeves!
1 March 2001 | by tcdefranSee all my reviews

It's hard to believe that this movie is now 43 years old. Certainly this is a classic and a must see for all diehard Herc fans.

The movie starts off with a runaway chariot carrying a damsel in distress, Jole, princess and future bride of Hercules (played by the beautiful Sylvia Koscina) next we see and hear a tree being uprooted and the next scene we see Hercules carrying the tree and throws it in front of the chariot stopping the horses. The exhausted Jole faints in the arms of Hercules.

In the next scene, we see Hercules make his first pass at the beautiful Jole by offering her first take on the meal that he had hunted and then feared burned while rescuing Jole. She obliges and Hercules says; "I'll take my first bite right where your lips have touched." Jole stunned by her rescuer makes some unkind comments to Hercules at which point Hercules says; "I'm too hungry to help it."

We see Hercules perform the Labors of Hercules, defeat the Cretan Bull, the Nemian Lion and help Jason find the Golden Fleece and then coming to Jason and his Argonauts rescue as they are being defeated by the evil king. We see Hercules pull chains from the wall and then use them as a weapon to defeat the Kings army first by taking out the evil adversaries one by one and then by wrapping the chains around two pillars supporting the Temple and pulling the Temple down, killing the remainder of the Kings men.

Overall, a good, fun movie. To the critics of this movie, no you won't find a great plot or academy award acting but I am reminded of comments made by the great Kirk Douglas, that people come to movies to be entertained and have fun and not necessarily just to see the movies with the best plot and greatest acting.

Hercules went on to become the biggest box office hit of its time and Reeves went on to become the highest paid actor and box office champion (tied with Sophie Loren) in his time.

This movie started it all. For bodybuilding fans, this is the closest you will ever get to seeing Reeves anywhere even close to top physique shape. The slimmed down Reeves became even slimmer and slimmer as his movie career continued

I would also recommend Last Days of Pompeii and The White Warrior. Son of Spartacus (a sequel to Spartacus starring Kirk Douglas) and Duel of the Titans are also interesting Reeves movies.

In 1977, NBC showed Hercules on network television as the Monday movie of the week followed by Hercules Unchained as the NBC Sunday movie of the week, 20 years after their release in theatres. Reeves movies have become classics and well worth your time to watch, even now 43 years later. Steve Reeves was the first and the best.


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