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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.

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, 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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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 »

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Hercules: I'm so sleepy, I can't seem to keep awake!
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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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Steve Reeves Unleashed
26 July 2006 | by ewarn-1See all my reviews

There was only one Hercules, and he wasn't from Mt. Olympus, he was from California, and his name was Steve! This movie proves it. Actually, it's a little better than his original flick, "Hercules". It's more polished, and has a little more action, but then, that's not saying much. It might have been exciting back in 1959 to see some guy pick up a tree, but the modern special effects fests have eclipsed it. Any kid interested in seeing fighting musclemen today wouldn't watch this, they'd be watching Smackdown or whatever it is. WWF. WWE. I don't know. Anyway, they'd rather see Rick Flair and John Cena insult each other.

But hey! I liked it, because I think Steve Reeves was cool! He looked the part with his beard. And he had some build, better than all the musclemen that followed, better than the bodybuilders today. This was his last good film. For all the others, he shaved off his beard and journeyed to strange places, like Russia and India. He should have stayed in ancient Greece.

If your a retro person, you would love this. I dig the retro dancing Greek island chicks. I dig the fake tigers. I dig the chariots, I dig Steve beating up the world's heavyweight champ. You might find other things to dig, so pay homage to old Steve Hercules Reeves himself. He might have been governor of California too.


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