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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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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 (162) »

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A Comedy So Big No Theater Can't Hold It See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Danny DeVito declined to audition for Phil, so Edward Asner (who'd eventually voice Carl in Pixar's Up), Ernest Borgnine, Bob Hoskins, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese, John Rhys Davies, Ray Winstone, Robert De Niro, Peter O'Toole, Jerry Stiller, John Cusack, Mel Brooks, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jason Alexander, Al Pacino, and Dick Latessa were brought in to read for the part. After Red Buttons had auditioned, he left stating "I know what you're gonna do. You're gonna give this part to Danny Devito!" Shortly after, the directors and producer Alice Dewey Goldstone approached DeVito at a pasta lunch during the filming of Matilda (1996), where DeVito signed on to the role. See more »

Goofs

Panic pulls open the tab on a soda can, but the can opens on the wrong side from the tab. 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

Instead of a reprise of "A Star is Born," a pop-rock rendition of "I Won't Say (I'm In Love)" by American singer Belinda Carlisle is heard during the end credits of some non-English-language versions of this movie. See more »

Connections

Version of Herakles (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Go the Distance (End Credits)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Michael Bolton
[Performed over almost of the entirely the end credit scroll; For the original version]
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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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