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Hercules in New York (1970)

Hercules (Schwarzenegger) is sent to Earth where he finds true love and starts a promising career in the bodybuilder business.

Director:

Arthur Allan Seidelman (as Arthur A. Seidelman)

Writer:

Aubrey Wisberg

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Stang ... Pretzie
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Hercules (as Arnold Strong 'Mr. Universe')
Deborah Loomis Deborah Loomis ... Helen Camden
James Karen ... Professor Camden
Ernest Graves Ernest Graves ... Zeus
Tanny McDonald Tanny McDonald ... Juno
Harold Burstein Harold Burstein ... Rod Nelson (as Howard Burstein)
Merwin Goldsmith ... Maxie
George Bartenieff George Bartenieff ... Nitro
Taina Elg ... Nemesis
Michael Lipton Michael Lipton ... Pluto
Jan Adams Jan Adams
William Bass William Bass
Rudy Bond ... Ship Captain
Lane Carroll Lane Carroll
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Storyline

After many centuries, Hercules gets bored living in Olympus (the home of the great Greek gods) and decides to move to... New York. But obviously, it is not easy for a man who lived in ancient Greece to get used to modern life. So, things get a little tricky, especially when Zeus sends a few gods to bring his semi-god son back to mount Olympus. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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The movie with MUSCLE See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hercules - The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One alternate title for this film is "Hercules Goes Bananas." See more »

Goofs

In a shot as Hercules and Helen ride in the carriage, the shadow of a cameraman is cast on them. See more »

Quotes

Rod Nelson: Hey, Mister! Watch your talk!
Hercules: I can hear my talk. I cannot watch it.
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Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical version, and older VHS versions, Arnold Schwarzenegger's voice is dubbed over by another actor. The DVD version released by Trimark Entertainment has both the original audio track, and a track with Schwarzenegger's real voice (the track also used for the newer VHS versions). In all versions, the voice of Hercules on the radio at the end is of the dub actor. See more »

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Remarkable.
18 August 2004 | by FinntrollSee all my reviews

This may on one hand actually well be the worst movie I've seen, on regular movie basis that is, because on the other hand it's also the funniest movie I've stumbled across since I saw "Monty Python and the quest for the holy grail".

I've always thought Arnold Schwarzenegger has been wooden in his acting, but none of his other movies even come close to the extreme amount of talent vacuum he possesses in this movie. I had a really hard time understanding whether he was supposed to resemble a retard or a tree, either way he did a fine job, since it all seemed perfectly natural. For him, that is. The character Hercules is anyway the most testosterone-filled man caught on camera. This guy has a constant urge of ripping off his shirt everytime he either has to do something or everytime he's bored. He even has the great ability of killing actors dressed as bears by lifting them up in the air and throwing them around, destroying cabs because he's angry and impressing ladies by ripping off his shirt in front of them. Now that's at least three dimensions! In one character! Kudos to the excellent scriptwriters who managed to write this amazing piece of art during their part-time job at Dairy Queen! Long live the underdog!

Then we have main supporting character Arnold Stang, an actor which has exactly two different looks: one of utter confusion, probably because he's wondering about what the hell he's doing in the movie in the first place and one look of not so utter confusion, which he often uses when Hercules flexes his muscles for him.

Besides these two main actors we have Zeus, played by someone named Ernest Graves, a man who does a great job of looking mad in every scene. Zeus meets a woman and becomes mad. Zeus talks to Hercules and gets... mad! Zeus get to know something about sabotage and he get's, wait, I got it on my tongue. Oh yeah now I know it, mad!

Then we have lots of characters played by actors I have no reason whatsoever of giving away the names of. But as far as characters go, the goddess of beauty is a really pug-ugly woman/dog/gorilla with a stuffed bra and all, Pluto has the incredible ability of turning out all the lights in a plastic version of New York, Atlas and Samson helps Hercules by throwing punches a few meters in front of bad guys, probably to stun them with their utter uselessness or possibly showing off their godly talents that doesn't even require them to hit people to hurt them. The old fool Samson is a part for himself, since he doesn't even seem understand he's from the Bible and has nothing to do with Greek mythology. But then again I have a feeling many people involved in this movie weren't quite sure of what they were doing.

Other intriguing parts here are that some of the scenes are so incredibly badly done and edited you actually can't understand what's happening. The fight in the stairs really had me puzzled about what was going on. After I saw it ten times in repeat I understood that there actually was a hidden door somewhere and that it actually made sense in a surreal "Hercules in New York" kind of way.

Then we have Olympus, not only home of the Gods but also home of the big evil city traffic, you can hear cars driving by and honking every second. This is maybe one of the director's more intriguing ideas, were he want's to show us that time doesn't stand still even in Olympus and that they actually have cars there. Wait a minute that doesn't make any sense. OK maybe it's supposed to be there just because no-one ever even thought about editing the sound and that reality works that way: what you don't alter is most likely to stay the way it is. Yeah, thats more like it.

I have only listed a few of the errors in this movie here, since I won't spend the entire day of writing this review but I think the fact that Arnold Scwarzenegger actually managed to not only have a movie career but also got elected as a senator has to rate as the biggest of the lot. Only in America folks. Only in America.

Be sure to watch this even if it may be on of the worst movies made. If there ever was a movie so bad it's funny, it has to be this one.

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