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Hercules Unchained (1959)

Ercole e la regina di Lidia (original title)
While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale.

Directors:

Pietro Francisci, Mario Bava (uncredited)

Writers:

Pietro Francisci (story), Sophocles (story based on: play "Oedipus at Colonus") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Reeves ... Hercules
Sylva Koscina ... Iole
Gabriele Antonini Gabriele Antonini ... Ulysses - Son of Laertes
Patrizia Della Rovere Patrizia Della Rovere ... Penelope
Sergio Fantoni ... Eteocles
Fulvia Franco Fulvia Franco ... Anticlea - Mother of Ulysses
Carlo D'Angelo ... Creonte - High Priest of Thebes
Marisa Valenti Marisa Valenti ... Ulysses' Bride
Mimmo Palmara ... Polinices
Elda Tattoli ... Altmea - Mother of Ulisses' Girlfriend
Daniele Vargas ... Anfiarao (as Daniele Varga)
Andrea Fantasia Andrea Fantasia ... Laertes - King of Ithaca
Gino Mattera Gino Mattera ... Orpheo
Aldo Fiorelli Aldo Fiorelli ... Argos the Shipbuilder
Gianni Loti Gianni Loti ... Sandone - Captain of the Lidian Guard
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Storyline

En route to Thebes for an important diplomatic mission, Hercules drinks from a magic spring and loses his memory. He spends most of the movie in the pleasure gardens of Queen Omphale of Lydia. While young Ulysses tries to help him regain his memory, political tensions escalate in Thebes, and Hercules' new wife Iole finds herself in mortal danger. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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Spectacles of Massive Might Beyond Any Ever Known Before! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The love theme for Hercules and Onfale was originally composed by Enzo Masetti for Outlaw Girl (1950). See more »

Goofs

Watch closely the second time Hercules takes up Ulysses' challenge to bend the iron torch stand in an attempt to remember who he is. He successfully does so, and then unbends it just as easily, leaving a slight curve in the stem. However when he returns the stand to its original location, the stand is perfectly straight. See more »

Quotes

Hercules: I'm so sleepy, I can't seem to keep awake!
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Crazy Credits

The Italian main title co-credits Iole's song to "Tito Manzese." This was not only a pseudonym, but an anagram of Enzo Masetti who wrote the score. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Evening Star
Music by Enzo Masetti
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Sung by Sylva Koscina (dubbed by June Valli in the English version)
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One Man, One Beard... Whole lot o servant girls.
19 April 2004 | by jahamboSee all my reviews

Laughing heartily in the face of danger, Steve Reeves leads the way in Hercules: Unchained, a film about just how much tail you can get with a good beard. Okay, so there's a story about two sassy brothers' fight over a kingdom, a random encounter with the son of the Earth god and waters of forgetfulness... great. The real story here: oiled-up men in loincloths having their way with giggling servant girls. This movie jam packed with servant girls running from Herc and Ulysses down stairs, around corners and pretty much any direction that shows off the goods. As if that wasn't enough to get you totally pumped about this movie while cleaning the house... fake tigers! If you're a fan of fake tigers in fake tiger fights... you'll need to rent this one soon. Mostly though, its about the servant girls. 8 out of 10.


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Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

13 July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,450,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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