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Vengeance of Hercules (1960)

La vendetta di Ercole (original title)
A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the machinations of an evil ruler.

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Vittorio Cottafavi

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Marcello Baldi (story) (as Marco Piccolo), Nicolò Ferrari (story) (as Archibald Zounds Jr.) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Forest ... Ercole / Emilius the Goliath
Broderick Crawford ... King Eurystheus
Gaby André ... Ismene
Renato Terra Renato Terra ... Antoneos (as Renato Terra Caizzi)
Federica Ranchi Federica Ranchi ... Thea
Ugo Sasso Ugo Sasso ... Timocleo di Medar
Sandro Moretti ... Illo
Salvatore Furnari Salvatore Furnari ... Little Peasant
Giancarlo Sbragia ... Tindaro
Michele Gentilini Michele Gentilini
Wandisa Guida Wandisa Guida ... Alcinoe
Nino Milano Nino Milano ... Lica
Leonora Ruffo ... Dejanira
Spartaco Nale Spartaco Nale
Carla Calò Carla Calò ... La Sibilla
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A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the machinations of an evil ruler.

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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For the U.S. version, it's not Broderick Crawford's voice, but a voice actor impersonating him. See more »

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In the beginning of the film, when Goliath climbs down into the cave, a thin rope can be seen tied to him. See more »

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Narrator: Emelius the Mighty, the Goliath of Thebes, lived in the days when men worshiped strange pagan gods; believing in their magical powers with unshakable faith. Legend has it that Goliath served the god of vengeance and the goddess of the four winds. In return for his devotion, he was said to be favored with immortality. He would never know death at the hands of any mortal. Goliath was held in awe by his friends and enemies alike. Only one man, Eurytheus, the tyrant of Italia, did not ...
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The American International Pictures version has a different editing, new musical score, additional scenes - namely stop motion animation of the dragon done by Jim Danforth and Wah Chang. See more »

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Hercules becomes Goliath but the monsters stay the same.
18 May 2002 | by Nozze-FotoSee all my reviews

Broderick Crawford plays his role of a corrupt would-be emperor like he were still playing a 20th century gangster. Watch him bark orders to soldiers like he were plotting a gangland rubout. Meanwhile Mark Forest is the hero called "Emilius" who is nicknamed Goliath because he is so strong and (apparently) immortal. He also has a younger brother is is neither superstrong nor immortal and a mortal wife who is not bothered by the fact that she will eventually grow old and die but he won't. Go figure. Most of us watch these movies for the monsters and oft-times the cheesier the better. After a mechanical 3 headed fire breathing dog (ahem, that is NOT Cerberus!), a man in suit giant bat and a centaur (which had to have been the most uncomfortable costume in the bunch) seeing a dragon that is partially stop motion animated was a real treat. Oh yeah, in closeups it is a giant rubber prop but those few moments of animation make it worthwhile. There is enough plot here for 2 movies and it does not always make perfect sense but the action will keep your attention. Oh and look closely at that dragon. David Hewitt borrowed some of the stop-motion scenes for his no budget thriller THE MIGHTY GORGA.


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