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Hercules (2014)

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Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

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Brett Ratner

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Ryan J. Condal (screenplay by), Evan Spiliotopoulos (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Hercules
Ian McShane ... Amphiaraus
John Hurt ... Lord Cotys
Rufus Sewell ... Autolycus
Aksel Hennie ... Tydeus
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal ... Atalanta
Reece Ritchie ... Iolaus
Joseph Fiennes ... King Eurystheus
Tobias Santelmann ... Rhesus
Peter Mullan ... Sitacles
Rebecca Ferguson ... Ergenia
Isaac Andrews ... Arius
Joe Anderson ... Phineas
Stephen Peacocke ... Stephanos
Nicholas Moss Nicholas Moss ... Demetrius (as Nick Moss)
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Storyline

1400 B.C., a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus. For this, he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors, and the death of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting, and the presence of death. These men and women never question where they go to fight, or why, or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen, when they must train an army to become as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their reputation has become. Written by ahmetkozan

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Discover the truth behind the legend See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,000,000, 27 July 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$72,688,614

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$244,819,862
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Atmos | SDDS | Auro 11.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On Live with Kelly and Ryan: Dwayne Johnson/Sarah McLachlan (2014), Dwayne Johnson revealed that his beard in the movie was made of yak testicle hair. See more »

Goofs

Rhesus and his men all have stirrups, which were not used in Europe till well after the fall of the Roman Empire. See more »

Quotes

Iolaus: General Sitacles, perhaps you would care to inspect the armour of Hercules?
Sitacles: [Tries on the armour] Leather armour? We will be skewered like pigs.
[Turns as Tydeus strikes him with an axe]
Iolaus: Linothorax. Hewn from the skin of the Erymanthean boar. It's indestructible.
Man in crowd: Wait. If it's indestructible, how did Hercules cut it off the boar?
Iolaus: He used an indestructible blade.
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Crazy Credits

When the credits roll, there is a 3d animation sequence going over Hercules' labors against the beasts which shows how his companions helped him to slay them. See more »

Alternate Versions

The theatrical version was pre-cut following advice from the BBFC to remove "bloody detail" in three scenes, in order to obtain a 12A rating. These cuts persisted into every theatrical version worldwide, and was the version was also released on DVD/Blu-ray in the UK. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Blockbuster Buster: Hercules (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Jamie N. Commons (as Jamie N Commons), Mike Del Rio (as Michael Gonzalez), Alex da Kid (as Alexander Grant) and Sam Harris (as Samuel Harris)
Performed by Jamie N. Commons (as Jamie N Commons) and X Ambassadors
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

 
Surprisingly good
31 October 2014 | by zaphodaliveSee all my reviews

A lot of people went into this movie with expectations that this would follow the mythology, and I think that's what let them down. However, as an artistic representation of not only the myths, but a possible truth behind the myths, this was an entertaining watch.

I'm only vaguely familiarly with the mythology, but I know enough to know the way it was represented. This film represents that mythology in a different way - more genuinely believable, and less fantastic - but blends the original mythos in in a way I found very interesting. A lot can be forgiven for an intelligent, new look at an old story, and I don't think this film needs to be forgiven very much at all.

The story was fairly well rounded with a some light/moderate complexity to it which was nice, and it was much less far-fetched than I thought it would be. The acting was - in general - excellent, with only one or two instances where I thought it was a bit too cheesy or overdone.

Dwayne Johnson was fantastic; having seen him in several films I was expecting a less solemn, more caricatured, performance. But he was excellent, and I have gained a little more respect for him as a serious actor (though I wouldn't cast him outside head-bashing quite yet).

Overall an underrated movie in my opinion, and definitely worth a watch if you like a good story.


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