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Hercules vs. the Giant Warriors (1964)

Il trionfo di Ercole (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy | August 1965 (USA)
Hercules defends a people against a race of giant warriors.

Director:

Alberto De Martino
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dan Vadis ... Ercole
Marilù Tolo ... Princess Ate
Pierre Cressoy Pierre Cressoy ... Prince Milo
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Euristeo
Enzo Fiermonte ... Reto
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Gordio (as Renato Rossini)
Aldo Cecconi Aldo Cecconi ... Thief
Pietro Capanna Pietro Capanna ... Prince Abadur
Franco Daddi Franco Daddi
Nino Marchetti Nino Marchetti ... Thieves' Victim
Annamaria Mustari Annamaria Mustari ... Ate's Handmaiden (as Anna Maria Mustari)
Gaetano Quartararo Gaetano Quartararo ... The King
Jacques Stany Jacques Stany ... Erione
Nazzareno Zamperla Nazzareno Zamperla ... Thief
Moira Orfei ... Pasiphae, the witch
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Hercules defends a people against a race of giant warriors.

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Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dan Vadis did all his own stunts as there were no stunt men large enough to double for him, as was often the case with the athletes and body builders who were hired to star in the sword and sandal films, and Vadis was by far one of the most agile and dexterous men hired to star in such films. See more »

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THE TRIUMPH OF HERCULES (Alberto De Martino, 1964) *1/2
16 April 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Lackluster entry in the prolific peplum genre – these films may have been designed as mere entertainment fodder but very few examples proved otherwise rewarding. This is an even lesser achievement than THE MEDUSA AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES (1963), from the same director and which I watched concurrently; however, it's basically on the same below-par level of two other such efforts I viewed in the past featuring the same muscle-bound lead, Dan Vadis, namely THE REBEL GLADIATORS (1963) and SPARTACUS AND THE TEN GLADIATORS (1963).

Anyway, the film sees Hercules fighting a tyrant (Pierre Cressoy from FRINE, CORTIGIANA D'ORIENTE [1953]) and saving/loving a damsel-in-distress ("Euro Cult" regular Marilu' Tolo) – nothing new plot-wise, then…except that Cressoy is in cahoots with a witch (glamorous Moira Orfei) so that he's able to unleash an army of gold-tinted musclemen to cause havoc, but they're clearly no match for Hercules. Even so, the hero's strength is sapped by an angry Zeus (via a comical jagged thunderbolt insert) at one point – eventually being restored just in time to prevent Tolo from being fatally spiked! During the climax, then, Orfei plays an optical trick on Vadis but which ends up rebounding on herself – taking up Tolo's semblance as she's hanging from a cliff, but Hercules recognizes the true heroine from the color of her eyes and Orfei perishes in the sea instead!

For what it's worth, the film includes plenty of action sequences – but, more often than not, they're rendered hilarious by way of obvious repeated footage, exaggerated death reactions and clumsy stunt-work.


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