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Hercules (1997)

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The son of Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.

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Ron Clements (animation screenplay by), John Musker (animation screenplay by) | 16 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tate Donovan ... Hercules (voice)
Josh Keaton ... Young Hercules (voice)
Roger Bart ... Young Hercules (singing voice)
Danny DeVito ... Phil (voice)
James Woods ... Hades (voice)
Susan Egan ... Meg (voice)
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Pain (voice)
Matt Frewer ... Panic (voice)
Rip Torn ... Zeus (voice)
Samantha Eggar ... Hera, Hercules' Mother (voice)
Barbara Barrie ... Alcmene; Hercules' Foster Mother (voice)
Hal Holbrook ... Amphitryon (voice)
Paul Shaffer ... Hermes; the Messenger God (voice)
Amanda Plummer ... Clotho (voice)
Carole Shelley ... Lachesis (voice)
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Storyline

Hercules, son of the Greek God, Zeus, is turned into a half-god, half-mortal by evil Hades, God of the Underworld, who plans to overthrow Zeus. Hercules is raised on Earth and retains his god-like strength, but when he discovers his immortal heritage Zeus tells him that to return to Mount Olympus he must become a true hero. Hercules becomes a famous hero with the help of his friend Pegasus and his personal trainer, Phil the satyr. Hercules battles monsters, Hades and the Titans, but it is his self-sacrifice to rescue his love Meg which makes him a true hero. Written by Kristi Connolly <kristic@nlc.net.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

hercules | zeus | olympus | hero | hades | See All (130) »

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Who puts the GLAD in GLADIATOR? See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Greek

Release Date:

27 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$249,567, 15 June 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$99,046,791, 21 December 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$252,712,101, 18 August 2012
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When the Hydra was seen as a baby being fed by Echidna, it already has three heads even though it started with only one. As stated in the myth, Hercules slew the Hydra by slicing off its heads, then using a torch to cauterize the stumps left. See more »

Goofs

In the shot of the gods after Hades makes his joke about moussaka, Dionyssus is close to Aphrodite and Athena's owl is on her left hand. Then as Hades asks "Is this an audience or a mosaic?", Aphrodite is further from Dionyssus, and Athena's owl is on her right hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Long ago, in the faraway land of ancient Greece, there was a golden age of powerful gods and extraordinary heroes. And the greatest and strongest of all these heroes was the mighty Hercules. But what is the measure of a true hero? Ah, that is what our story is...
Thalia: Will you listen to him? He's makin' the story sound like some Greek tragedy.
Terpsichore: Lighten up, dude.
Calliope: We'll take it from here, darling.
Narrator: You go, girl.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, Hades is heard complaining. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the UK release, the deleted song 'Shooting Star' by Irish boy band Boyzone is play at the ending credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in MsMojo: Top 10 Cutest Disney Kids (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gospel Truth I
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
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User Reviews

Hilarious, great fun for kids and adults.

I think this film is wonderful. It is sheer entertainment for kids and hilarious for adults.

I first watched this movie age 7, and i loved it...now i watch it again age 14 and I'm howling with laughter. The 'You wanna buy a sundial?' sequence renders me unable to breathe for laughter, whilst when i was younger it got not so much as a giggle.

As with all Disney films, the jokes are for the 'big kids' and the entertainment value is for the little ones.

This film has been criticized for not staying true to Greek Mythology. My response is, it doesn't matter. This a witty, sarcastic and enjoyable film. Accuracies play no purpose.

The characters are wonderful, particularly Phil and Hades. Also, Megara provides a feisty, totally non 'princessy' female character, which is wonderful!

Overall - 8/10


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