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Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959)

While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale.

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Pietro Francisci

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, bride of Ercole
Sylvia Lopez ... Queen Onfale, of Lidia
Patrizia Della Rovere Patrizia Della Rovere ... Penelope
Primo Carnera Primo Carnera ... Anteo, the giant
Carlo D'Angelo Carlo D'Angelo ... Creonte, High Priest of Thebes
Gabriele Antonini Gabriele Antonini ... Ulisses, son of Laertes
Cesare Fantoni Cesare Fantoni ... Edipus, King of Thebes
Mimmo Palmara ... Polinices
Andrea Fantasia Andrea Fantasia ... Laertes, King of Ithaca
Aldo Fiorelli Aldo Fiorelli ... Argos, the Shipbuilder
Gino Mattera Gino Mattera ... Orpheo
Aldo Pini Aldo Pini ... Tifi, Pilot of the Argos
Nino Marchetti Nino Marchetti ... Fossore
Daniele Vargas ... Anfiarao
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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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Certificate:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #28586 issued January 31, 1959. See more »

Goofs

At 23 minutes the tiger trainer is seen from the side and he's holding a whip in his right arm. Then there is a short shot of him from the front and he's holding it in his left. When the shot changes angle it is once again in his right hand. 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 »

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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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A feast for the eyes
15 April 1999 | by briskySee all my reviews

This is the second Hercules flick featuring Steve Reeves as the man of muscle. The legendary Reeves melds with the god/man Hercules and turns what could have been a cheesefest into an action/adventure spectacle as tightly woven as Hercules' toga. Competing with Reeves for biggest chest is his umptuous co-star Sylvia Lopez as the evil Queen Omphale who makes living statues out of her conquests. Hercules' pals include Gabriele Antonini as Ulysses who gives the man of muscle a mighty rubdown and competes for Herc's attentions with his sexy wife Iole, played with sweet sassiness by beautiful Sylvia Koscina. With Hercules shirtless (and occasionally oiled) for most of the flick and his mini-toga riding up his thick manly thighs there's something for everybody to enjoy. Of special note is the dance of Queen Omphale's slave girls and Herc's wrestling match with real life Italian pro-wrestler, Primo Carnera. Keep an eye out for plentiful low camera angles.


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