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Hercules Returns (1993)

When Brad quits his job at a large cinema chain, to open his own picture theatre, his ex-boss sabotages the opening night by switching the Italian film with a non-subtitled version. Brad ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Argue ... Brad McBain
Michael Carman Michael Carman ... Sir Michael Kent
Mary Coustas ... Lisa
Bruce Spence ... Sprocket
Brendon Suhr Brendon Suhr ... King
Nicholas Politis Nicholas Politis ... Phone executive (as Nick Polites)
Lance Anderson Lance Anderson ... Wolf whistler
Laurie Dobson Laurie Dobson ... Barman
Richard Moss ... Drunk
Burt Cooper Burt Cooper ... Frightened man
Tom Coltraine Tom Coltraine ... Dent double
Des Mangan Des Mangan ... Hercules / Samson / Machismo / Ursus / Testiculi (voice)
Sally Patience Sally Patience ... Labia / Murial / Fanny / Delilah (voice)
Matthew King Matthew King ... Charlie (voice)
Tammy McCarthy Tammy McCarthy ... (voice)


When Brad quits his job at a large cinema chain, to open his own picture theatre, his ex-boss sabotages the opening night by switching the Italian film with a non-subtitled version. Brad and his team hilariously improvise the dialogue to avert disaster. Written by Lovecross

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Release Date:

16 September 1993 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Take Meets Hercules See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Philm Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the characters of David Argue, Mary Coustas and Bruce Spence appear to be providing all the voices for the feature film, they are only miming as it was lesser known stars of the original Hercules Returns show that are playing the voice parts. The producers felt the film needed known Australian leads to get anyone interested in a voiceover film. See more »


Charlie: What have you got against her? I think your just jealous cause her mum's bar's doing better than your beer garden.
Testiculi: No, it's not that. It's because, well, I love you son. Now come here f*ck knuckle. You see, years ago, me and her mum, well, we sort of had this thing...
Charlie: Are you telling me you could be her father?
Testiculi: Nah, not at all. I'm just bragging.
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Crazy Credits

Eel wrangling supervisor: Phil Jaroslow See more »


Referenced in Muriel's Wedding (1994) See more »

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Easily one of the funniest films I have EVER seen!
8 December 2005 | by JozxyqkSee all my reviews

This film is brilliant.

If you want to see a serious movie with a great story, acting, and drama, don't bother.

This film was made for laughs, pure and simple, and it succeeds. And boy does it succeed! The film is basically like a feature version of the "Whose Line is it Anyway" game "Film dub".

In the movie, a group of friends decide to buy an old run-down old-fashioned cinema, spruce it up, and bring back the old-fashioned feeling of the cinema. As their premiere movie, they decide to show the last film that was shown in the cinema, a 1960's Italian film called "Hercules". Unfortunately just minutes before the film is to be screened to a group of very prestigious people, they find out it doesn't have any English dubbing or subtitles. In a desperate attempt to save the film, the 3 friends decide to turn off the sound, and create all the characters voices and sound-effects within the projection room itself.

There are a couple of other subplots, but the film is just chaotic brilliance as the friends try desperately to carry on.

I couldn't stop laughing when I saw the film, and you should seriously try and see it next time you get the chance. You won't be disappointed.

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