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Hercules, Samson & Ulysses (1963)

Ercole sfida Sansone (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy | May 1965 (USA)
Two strongmen set out to hunt down a murderous sea monster. Their ship is wrecked and they end up in the Holy Land where Hercules is assumed to be Samson who is a wanted man. The two team up to survive.


Pietro Francisci


Pietro Francisci (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Morris ... Hercules
Iloosh Khoshabe ... Samson (as Richard Lloyd)
Liana Orfei ... Delilah, Philistine Queen
Diletta D'Andrea Diletta D'Andrea ... Leria - Hercules' wife
Enzo Cerusico Enzo Cerusico ... Ulysses
Fulvia Franco Fulvia Franco ... Ithaca Queen
Aldo Giuffrè ... Saran of Gaza
Andrea Fantasia Andrea Fantasia ... Laertes - Ithaca King
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Rower
Marco Mariani Marco Mariani ... Argos
Jole Mauro Jole Mauro
Pietro Tordi Pietro Tordi ... Azer
Mario De Simone Mario De Simone ... Daros
Aldo Pini Aldo Pini
Ettore Zamperini Ettore Zamperini


Two strongmen set out to hunt down a murderous sea monster. Their ship is wrecked and they end up in the Holy Land where Hercules is assumed to be Samson who is a wanted man. The two team up to survive.

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Adventure | Fantasy


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English | Italian

Release Date:

May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hercules, Samson & Ulysses See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

I.C.D. See more »
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Technical Specs


(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


U.S. fans regard this as the last of the big Italian sword and sandal/muscle-man epics. It was directed by Pietro Francisci, who had started the craze with his Le fatiche di Ercole (1958). See more »


Obvious stunt double for Kirk Morris during the fight scene with the lion. See more »


[first lines]
First Tradesman: [arguing over a goat] And I bought it when I went to the fair in Sylos. And this thief took it from under my nose. He even refused to trade. Just grabbed it as if it were his.
Second Tradesman: Your Highness, I can prove that I am the owner. My father presented this goat to Mother.
First Tradesman: Stop lying to his majesty or I'll break this staff over your skull.
Second Tradesman: Will you just go ahead and try it?
First Tradesman: I will... just as soon as King Laertes upholds my claim.
Laertes - Ithaca King: Why wait? Break it now.
Second Tradesman: He threatened me!
First Tradesman: How can he claim his...
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Impossible to Dislike
21 July 2013 | by joebergeronSee all my reviews

This movie, like all its Italian muscleman predecessors, is so good-natured, sincere, and well- meaning that it's impossible not to be charmed by it. The windy, overblown score makes every little thing anyone does sound like the most majestic, wondrous thing ever experienced. Whenever Samson or Hercules throws a spear or a lasso it makes a cartoonish whistling noise to show that this was a SUPER throw, not some puny mortal toss. It makes one with he could move to Ithaca, wear one of those manly costumes (and fill it out properly), and bask in the sunshine and the smiling benevolence of Hercules and his companions. Best not to hang out with Samson though, You can tell by the look on his face in the final scene that he senses things are about to go badly wrong for him. Beware of Delilah!

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