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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hercules
... Iole, bride of Ercole
... Queen Onfale, of Lidia
Patrizia Della Rovere ... Penelope
Primo Carnera ... Anteo, the giant
Carlo D'Angelo ... Creonte, High Priest of Thebes
Gabriele Antonini ... Ulisses, son of Laertes
Cesare Fantoni ... Edipus, King of Thebes
Mimmo Palmara ... Polinices
Andrea Fantasia ... Laertes, King of Ithaca
Aldo Fiorelli ... Argos, the Shipbuilder
Gino Mattera ... Orpheo
Aldo Pini ... Tifi, Pilot of the Argos
Nino Marchetti ... Fossore
... 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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Trivia

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

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Con te per l'eternità
Written by Enzo Masetti (as Tito Manzese), Carlo Savina and Dario Bernazza
Sung by Sylva Koscina (dubbed by Marisa Del Frate in the Italian version)
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Lots of fun
6 July 2002 | by See 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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