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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.

Director:

Vittorio Cottafavi

Writers:

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:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

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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Bizarre and beautiful, like a dream
5 February 2006 | by steven-222See all my reviews

I saw the Alpha Video DVD of GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON, which is from a well-preserved widescreen print, and it's dazzling to look at! To be sure, the color balance goes a bit wonky in a few outdoor scenes, but the aquamarine trees and purple skies almost seem intentional, given the strangeness of director Vittorio Cottafavi's vision. If all the old sword and sandal epics were in this good a shape, the genre would attract many more fans.

The movie itself is a delirious muscleman fantasy from start to finish. A bearded Mark Forest shows off the biggest pecs and widest lats of his generation, and melts everyone with his smile (except scar-faced Broderick Crawford as the cranky villain). The costumes are beautiful, the sets are extravagant, the exterior landscapes are a lush paradise, the monsters are huge puppets, and just when you think the story can't become more bizarre...it does! An absurdly majestic music score by Les Baxter strives to match the melodrama of a hero who dares to revolt against the gods themselves.

Cottafavi will try just about anything to dazzle and disorient the viewer. In one scene, as our hero approaches, looms above, and then passes over the camera, the point of view turns completely upside-down; the effect is so audacious I had to laugh out loud! This is fearless (and yes, perhaps sometimes mindless) film-making, and the result is truly dreamlike, if not downright mythic.


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