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Hercules (1983)

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The story of the Greek mythological figure, updated in this 80's version.


Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates)


Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Ferrigno ... Hercules
Brad Harris ... King Augeias
Sybil Danning ... Adriana
Rossana Podestà ... Hera
Ingrid Anderson Ingrid Anderson ... Cassiopeia
Mirella D'Angelo ... Circe
William Berger ... King Minos
Bobby Rhodes ... King Xenodama
Gianni Garko ... Valcheus (as John Garko)
Yehuda Efroni ... Dorcon
Delia Boccardo ... Athena
Claudio Cassinelli ... Zeus
Franco Garofalo ... The Thief (as Frank Garland)
Gabriella Giorgelli ... Mother (as Gabriella George)
Raf Baldassarre Raf Baldassarre ... Sostratos (as Ralph Baldassar)


King Minos and sorceress Adriana plan to conquer the world with her magic and his giant robots. To make matters worse, they also plan to sacrifice Hercules' love interest Cassiopeia. Hercules teams up with sorceress Circe and tries to save both his girl and the world.

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Adventure | Fantasy


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Italian | English

Release Date:

26 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herkules See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,473,635, 28 August 1983

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


(1984) | (DVD)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lou Ferrigno had to have his lines "Dubbed" due to his speech impediment from being deaf. See more »


When the serpents attack baby Hercules, the long shot with showing the baby and his hands, but the close up shot clearly shows and adults hands killing them. See more »


Hercules: Why am I stronger than other men? Why does my strength bring so many sorrows upon my head?
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Hercules goes space disco
26 July 2008 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

The movie begins with nothing less than the creation of the world. In case you believed something else, now you know: the Earth was created from a broken jar, and the Greek gods lived on the Moon. Minos (William Berger) once stole the throne of Thebes, but the rightful heir, young prince Hercules, escaped after killing two electric snakes by short circuit (don't ask). Years later, Hercules (Lou "Hulk" Ferrigno) is back, so Minos sends clumsy metallic toys to kill Hercules. That doesn't work, either. The sorceress Circe takes Hercules all the way to Hell and back, so he can challenge Minos. Sybil Danning plays Minos' bad girl in this trash classic, while genre veteran Brad Harris appears as King Augeias. The actors became aware of what they'd gotten themselves into, obviously. Especially Claudio Cassinelli (as Zeus) and William Berger look like they'd burst into laughter as soon as director Cozzi shouted "cut". Cozzi's rendition of "Hercules" with Lou Ferrigno is so hilariously funny that no-one should miss it from his personal list of "10 worst movies of all time". A must-see for its neon lights disco effects, and a must-listen as well with its beeping electronic noises, and OTT symphonic music like poor man's John Williams meets Carlo Franci. A less entertaining sequel was produced entitled "The Adventures of Hercules".

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