4.4/10
1,716
41 user 35 critic

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 »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The muscular Hercules performs his Labors, sails with the Argonauts, and romances the fair Iole.

Director: Pietro Francisci
Stars: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Fabrizio Mioni
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Strong yet sleepy Hercules discovers that the Queen of Atlantis is plotting to take over the world with superhuman warriors.

Director: Vittorio Cottafavi
Stars: Reg Park, Fay Spain, Ettore Manni
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A Greek soldier leads the fight against an invading Persian army.

Directors: Jacques Tourneur, Bruno Vailati, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Steve Reeves, Mylène Demongeot, Sergio Fantoni
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When barbarians invade his village and kill his father, a local man wages a one-man war against them.

Director: Carlo Campogalliani
Stars: Steve Reeves, Chelo Alonso, Bruce Cabot
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

Hercules is summoned to oppose the evil Queen Samara, who has allied herself with aliens and is sacrificing her own people in a bid to awaken a moon goddess.

Director: Giacomo Gentilomo
Stars: Sergio Ciani, Jany Clair, Anna Maria Polani
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bonnard
Stars: Steve Reeves, Christine Kaufmann, Fernando Rey
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The story of Hadji Murad, a 19th-century Chechen chieftain who led his warriors in a fight against the invading forces of the Russian Czar.

Director: Riccardo Freda
Stars: Steve Reeves, Giorgia Moll, Scilla Gabel
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A Welsh pirate raids up and down the Caribbean, battling the Spanish, the English and other pirates.

Directors: André De Toth, Primo Zeglio
Stars: Steve Reeves, Valérie Lagrange, Ivo Garrani
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A retelling of the events leading to the use of the Trojan Horse, to bring down the great city of Troy.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni
Stars: Steve Reeves, Juliette Mayniel, John Drew Barrymore
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The mighty Hercules battles a sea monster to save the legendary city of Troy.

Director: Albert Band
Stars: Gordon Scott, Paul Stevens, Mart Hulswit
The Slave (1962)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The decurion Randus holds himself so well in the command of his troops, that Caesar promotes him to centurion. He is subsequently sent to Egypt, to keep Caesar informed on the actions and ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Steve Reeves, Jacques Sernas, Gianna Maria Canale
Adventure | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Reg Park, Christopher Lee, Leonora Ruffo
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

13 July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hercules Unchained See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Antaeus, who dwarfs even Steve Reeves, was the final character played by former world heavyweight boxing champion Primo Carnera. 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!
See more »

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 Splatter Beach (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

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)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fun Sequel...
6 February 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

but not at the level of the original 1958 film also starring Steve Reeves in the lead role.

Still this does deliver some good thrills such as Hercules battling the giant Antaeus (Primo Carnera), trying to escape the influence of Queen Omphale (Sylvia Lopez who I feel was truly bewitching in the role), tangling with deadly tigers and finally trying to rescue his lovely bride Iole (Sylva Koscina) from the crazed Eteocles all while trying to stop his homeland of Thebes from descending into war.

The middle portion of the film which has Hercules under the spell of Queen Omphale once his memory has been wiped away by the waters of forgetfulness is a bit slow but is still fun...fun adventure not to be taken too seriously is how I'd describe this one.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 41 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed