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The Loves of Hercules (1960)

Gli amori di Ercole (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy, Adventure | 19 August 1960 (Italy)
Hercules must save his true love from an evil queen.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Queen Deianira / Hippolyta
... Hercules
... Licos
Tina Gloriani ... Hippolyta
Rossella Como ... Aleia
Giulio Donnini ... High Priest
Arturo Bragaglia ... Iolaus
... Philoctetes
Andrea Scotti ... Timanthes
... Némée
... Il generale
Sandrine
Olga Solbelli ... Maga, the witch
Antonio Gradoli ... Head of Guards
Cesare Fantoni ... Eurysteus
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While Hercules is away, his people and the woman he loves are killed by the king of Ecalia. Hercules goes to Ecalia to revenge his dead. When he arrives in Ecalia he finds that the king is dead and queen Dianira reigns. He saves her and falls for her, but Dianira has been promised to Acheloo. His deed became more and more hard among Licos's conspiracy, the Amazons, the Hydra and other monsters... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Fantasy | Adventure

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19 August 1960 (Italy)  »

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Hercules vs. the Hydra  »

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Jayne Mansfield and Italian actress Moira Orfei did not get along during filming. Orfei felt that she should have been the star. She had Mansfield's name removed from promotional materials for the Italian release. See more »

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Gil Vidal's character is Acheloo, not Achilles. See more »

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Such a Great Italian Adventure Film
10 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Hercules (Mickey Hargitay) must save his true love (Jayne Mansfield) from an evil queen.

First of all, that plot really has very little to do with the film. More or less nothing. Hercules is distracted from his love by the queen of the Amazons... but this is really just a subplot. But anyway, the hydra is awesome in its own silly way and these are awesome costumes. Everything about this film is awesome. Awesome. Awesome. I am using that word repeatedly on purpose, because no other word sums this up.

Yeah, it may be more than a bit cheesy, but the Italians had a way of taking the Hercules story and running with it. Mario Bava did, I think even Lucio Fulci did it. Why not Bragaglia? Luca Palmieri is my go-to source for Italian film reviews. All he has to say about this one is that Mansfield is "super-shapely". Great analysis, Luca.

(Upon my second viewing of the film, the cheesiness sort of outweighed the awesome. But it would not be prudent to change the review now just because my opinion changed somewhat, would it?)


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