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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.

Writers:

Ron Clements (animation screenplay by), John Musker (animation screenplay by) | 16 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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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 (voice)
Barbara Barrie ... Alcmene (voice)
Hal Holbrook ... Amphitryon (voice)
Paul Shaffer ... Hermes (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>

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Plot Keywords:

hercules | olympus | satyr | hero | titan | See All (149) »

Taglines:

A Comedy of Epic Proportions See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was released due to backlash against the previous two Disney releases of Pocahontas (1995) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996). The major criticisms of the two films where that they were "too dark" and dealt with "serious issues" that Disney shouldn't be addressing in their animated films. Hercules (1997) was released to lighten things up. See more »

Goofs

At the end when Hercules comes back to Mt. Olympus, there are two huge lines of gods greeting him on either sides of a long staircase. After Zeus and Hera have talked to him, about ten gods start mobbing him. When the shot cuts back to Meg the staircase is empty. Where did all the other gods go? 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 played at the closing credits. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

The Gospel Truth (Hades)
(uncredited) (1997)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Roz Ryan
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God-like
17 July 2000 | by Polar BearSee all my reviews

"Hercules" is a cracking Disney film and for once it's not just for the kids. The animation is more like the "old-school" Disney, before the cute, big-eye syndrome and the characters are hugely entertaining. It has sly humour and in-jokes, but what sets it apart are the songs; soul, RNB, jazz and not a drippy sugar-song in sight. Quality entertainment!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | France

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

Gross USA:

$99,112,101

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$252,712,101
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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