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Samson and the Mighty Challenge (1964)

Ercole, Sansone, Maciste e Ursus gli invincibili (original title)
Four muscular heroes fight the evil ruler of an oppressed people.


Giorgio Capitani


Sandro Continenza (screenplay), Sandro Continenza (story) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Ciani ... Hercules (as Alan Steel)
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Maciste (as Red Ross)
Nadir Moretti Nadir Moretti ... Samson (as Nadir Baltimore)
Yann Larvor Yann Larvor ... Ursus (as Yann L'Arvor)
Luciano Marin ... Inor
Hélène Chanel ... Astra (as Helen Chanel)
Lia Zoppelli Lia Zoppelli ... Nemea
Moira Orfei ... Dalila
Arnaldo Fabrizio Arnaldo Fabrizio ... Goliath il nano
Livio Lorenzon Livio Lorenzon ... Lico
Nino Dal Fabbro Nino Dal Fabbro ... Consigliere di Nemea
Elisa Montés ... Omphale (as Eliza Montez)
María Luisa Ponte ... Moglie di Ursus
Conrado San Martín ... Alceo
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi


Four muscular heroes fight the evil ruler of an oppressed people.

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It was this movie that provides the fodder for the 1993 Australian film romp "Hercules Returns", which is probably the funniest film EVER made! It revolves around the English 'dubbing' of this old film, which makes for some pretty hilarious moments! See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Spanish version, France is uncredited as a production country. See more »


Edited into Hercules Returns (1993) See more »

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My favorite Sword and Sandal flick
11 August 2006 | by YannisRoumbouliasSee all my reviews

As a lover of Ancient Greek mythology, I should have been offended and disappointed by this... "multicultural" flick that mixes up Greek Roman and Israeli mythology.

The truth is, that I've seen this movie a hell of a lot of times and every time I see it again, I get to like it more! First of all, because it was made like a parody of its own genre, than a serious flick with just the good ( muscled ) guy that massacres a universe of evil hordes, in order to get his beloved woman back, or save his friends.

"Samson and his Mighty Challenge" for me, resembles the innocence, purity of heart and boldness, the people of the 60's saw heroism! The heroes were pure and honorable. Even in one of the last scenes where the four heroes battle against each other AND Nemea's armies, this innocence, along side with a humorous sensation can easily be seen.

Hercules and Maciste fight themselves, when two soldiers interrupt them! They instantly forget their quarrel, beat up the soldiers, smile to each other...and they begin beating one another, again! In my opinion one of the finest Sword and Sorcery extravaganzas ever made! An excellent parody, of its time!

10/10 for me!

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12 November 1964 (Italy) See more »

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