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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 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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Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

13 July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hercules Unchained See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,450,000
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Runtime:

(DVD) | (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

French-born model-turned-actress Sylvia Lopez was already ill with leukemia at the time of filming. She was only able to complete one more film in 1959, and died at age 26 while working on another film. 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

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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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Lots of fun
6 July 2002 | by mijbrilSee all my reviews

I grew up watching this stuff as a Saturday afternoon matinee 30 years ago & now, it's still as much fun to watch.

Hercules, now married to Ioli, is returning to Thebes to help sort out a dispute over who has the rights to the throne of Thebes. Along the way, Hercules loses his memory & is seduced by the evil Amphale who goes through husbands like Elizabeth Taylor, however, Amphale is something of a black widow & uses a few Egyptians to preserve her ex-husbands in the family crypt.

However, one look at the rugged carved from granite Steve Reeves & all her black widow tendencies fly out the window, but she still wants him for good.

Of course it all ends up in a good ruckus with sword fights, chariot duels, Hercules throwing tables & coffins at rushing troops, 2 insane brothers with a hatred for each other (& their father) & inevitably the faithful sidekick who chimes in with a few vital day-saving moments.

Clint Eastwood may have been the king of the Spaghetti Western, but Steve Reeves was the king of the Spaghetti Swords & Sandals. So if that's your cup of tea, I recommend this movie as an excellent addition to your collection.


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