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Hercules (1958)

Le fatiche di Ercole (original title)
The muscular Hercules performs his Labors, sails with the Argonauts, and romances the fair Iole.

Director:

Pietro Francisci

Writers:

Apollonios Rhodios (poem) (as Appollonius of Rhodes), Pietro Francisci (adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Reeves ... Ercole (Hercules)
Sylva Koscina ... Iole, Daugher of Pelias
Fabrizio Mioni ... Jason
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Pelias, King of Iolcus
Gianna Maria Canale ... Antea, Queen of the Amazons
Arturo Dominici ... Eurysteus
Mimmo Palmara ... Iphitus, Son of Pelias
Lidia Alfonsi Lidia Alfonsi ... The Sybil (as Lydia Alfonsi)
Gabriele Antonini Gabriele Antonini ... Ulysses
Aldo Fiorelli Aldo Fiorelli ... Argos
Andrea Fantasia Andrea Fantasia ... Laertes
Luciana Paluzzi ... Iole's Maid (as Luciana Paoluzzi)
Afro Poli Afro Poli ... Chironi
Gian Paolo Rosmino Gian Paolo Rosmino ... Aesculapius (as G.P. Rosmino)
Willi Colombini Willi Colombini ... Pollux (as Willy Colombini)
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Storyline

In this melange of characters and events from separate mythological stories, Hercules, demigod and superman, arrives in the ancient Greek kingdom of Iolcus to tutor Iphitus, son of king Pelias; immediately on arrival, he falls in love with the king's delectable, briefly clad daughter Iole. Before he can win her, he must succeed in a series of quests, in the course of which he teams up with Jason, true heir of Iolcus, whom he accompanies on the famous voyage of the Argonauts. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

The mighty saga of the world's mightiest man! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,900,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Retromedia DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Fono Roma-Westrex System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The love theme for Hercules and Antea was originally composed by Enzo Masetti for Outlaw Girl (1950). See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Iole when Hercules rescues her from the runaway chariot at the beginning of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Iole, Daugher of Pelias: What's the matter? Why do you sit and stare at me like that?
Ercole: I don't know. So few women come this way.
Iole, Daugher of Pelias: And so?
Ercole: As long as your here, I might as well. I never saw a girl more beautiful.
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Alternate Versions

Has been available in the U.S. in three different versions.
  • (98 minutes) This has the poorest dubbing job. The Italian "fine" appears at the end.
  • (103 minutes) This version restores some footage and contains a superior dubbing job. The Italian "fine" as replaced with "The End."
  • (104 minutes) This version contains yet a third dubbing job. The main title was replaced with an animated title showing a starfield and the constellation Hercules. The bulk of the original credit sequence was moved to the end of the film. During this movie's first release in the United States in 1959, the material issued by Embassy and Warner Brothers (who handled the physical distribution) listed the running time as 107 minutes. This is still listed as the running time by most sources. The 107 minute version is believed to be the original uncut and uncensored Italian version which probably showed more flesh than was permitted on U.S. screens at the time.
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Breathtaking and overwhelming Greek mythology with the corpulent Steve Reeves as extraordinary hero
22 February 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

¨Huge and immortal was the strength of Hercules as the world and the Gods to which the belonged , but one day men crossed his path . They were ready to sacrifice their brief treasure , life for knowledge , for justice, for love..¨ Greek mythology in Peplum style with a musclebound Steve Reeves as Hercules. First Hercules saga with lots of action and some nice special effects and colorful lighting by Mario Bava. A cheerful script fillets Greek legends and adds action to the fast-moving narrative. Hercules goes to the court of king Pelias (Ivo Garrani) located in Iolco for teaching his son Iphitos (Mimmo Palmara) the use of arms. The gorgeous daughter of Pelias , the princess Iole (Sylva Koscina), explains Hercules the story about the killing his uncle , taking over by his father and the greatest robbing of the kingdom , the Golden Fleece. Some people think the king Pelias has usurped the throne by means of fratricide. Hercules along with Jason (Mioni) , Argos, Ulysses (Antonini), Castor , Pollux , Laestres (Andrea Fantasia) sail on the Argo-ship to the land of Colchis looking for the Golden Calf in this mythological romp. This is one of the best Peplum or sword and sandals film from the history, retelling the legend of Hercules or Herakles in Greek language and Jason in search of the famous fleece for uncharted sea. The film deals about the myth Hercules ,he travels in search for the fabled Golden fleece located in the Colchis. It's based on poem of Greek poet named Apollonio of Rhodas written in third century titled ¨The Argonautika¨(250 B.C) , it's freely adapted by Prieto Francisci with screenplay by Ennio De Concini .In order to stifle the anger of Pelias , Hercules and Jason must retrieve the magical calf housed from distant land of Colchis and bring it toward city of Iolco. Hercules and Jason assemble a motley, brave crew formed by valiant band as Castor , Orpheo, Esculapio and the traitor Euristeo (Arturo Dominici),among others. Jason must fight an enormous monster that protects the Golden fleece. Hercules successfully leads his crew of would-be heroes throughout a series of outstanding adventures .They sail unharmed along sea storm, suffering risks and incredible adventures, encountering a giant monster, scheming witch and Amazons (Gina Rovere)led by Antea (Giann Maria Canale).

This exciting story deals with superhero Reeves-Hercules must use all his strength to save Jason and woman he loves from Pelias and Eristeo .The one that began it all and created the Peplum with multitudes of mythological issues . Steve Reeves is magnificent as the mythic hero who finds several risked situations while attempting to win over his true love, fighting against Eristeo and Pelias for his own survival . Pietro Francisci hired Steve Reeves , being Mr. America and Mr. Universe , who previously had worked for Ed Wood in a lowest thriller called Jail Bait (1954).It is widely considered to be one of the top 10 greatest Peplum films of all time. This great film will surely attract a whole new generation of classic movie fans. And for seasoned cinematic connoseuirs, Hercules will rekindle an era of film making at its best. This is Steve Reeves' first film portrayal of Hercules , it is followed by ¨Hercules unchained¨ that is in certain ways, better than his first . For others who simply enjoy watching timeless pieces with icons such as Steve Reeves. The corpulent Steve Reeves was a hunk man who made lots of roman epic films also called ¨Musclemen movies¨. Luck's Reeves changed when Italian director Pietro Francisci persuaded him to go overseas to star ¨Hercules¨ and sequel ¨Hercules and queen of Lydia also titled Hercules unchained ¨ that served as the prototypes of all cloak-and-sandal movies to come and both of them became a surprise US hit smash . Later on, he followed with ¨Goliath and the Barbarians, The giant of Marathon, The Trojan horse, The son of Spartacus and The Avenger¨ among them The film even rips off from Homero's Odyssey with participation of the mythic Ulisses . As usual in Musclemen films appears the choreographic girls dancers and lots of action with several adventures including spectacular fights ,storms, and some good effects by the expert Mario Bava. The sets and production design impress too . This elaborate recounting is well directed by Pietro Francisci though with little relation with the poem by Apolonio of Rodas . The film contains an evocative and spectacular music by Masset well conducted by Carlo Savina .Fun for the whole family though it tends toward the ponderous at times but for the most part, it's a marvelous movie . Other adaptation about this classic story are: ¨The giants of Thesalia¨(1960) by Riccardo Fedra , Jason and the Argonauts(1963)by Don Chaffey with Todd Armstrong and for TV(2000) by Nick Willing and with Jason London . Rating : Good , high recommended for Peplum fans .


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