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Hercules

Year:
Duration:
104 min | USA:107 min | West Germany:90 min | Portugal:98 min
Genres:
Adventure | Fantasy
IMDB rate:
5.4
Director:
Pietro Francisci
Details
Country: Italy
Release Date: 1959-07-22
Filming Locations: Titanus Studios, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Earnings
Gross: $5,000,000 (USA)ITL 900,000,000 (Italy)
Cast
Actor
Character
Steve Reeves
Ercole (Hercules)
Sylva Koscina
Iole, Daugher of Pelias
Fabrizio Mioni
Jason
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
The Sybil
Gabriele Antonini
Ulysses
Aldo Fiorelli
Argos
Andrea Fantasia
Laertes
Afro Poli
Chironi
Gian Paolo Rosmino
Aesculapius (as G.P. Rosmino)
Willi Colombini
Pollux
Fulvio Carrara
Castor
Gino Mattera
Orpheus
Gina Rovere
Amazon #1
Lily Granado
Amazon #2 (as Lilli Granado)
Aldo Pini
Tifi
Guido Martufi
Iphitus as a child
Paola Quattrini
Iole as a child
Romano Barbieri
Augusto Belardelli
Spartaco Nale
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Trivia
The roar of the dragon guarding the Golden Fleece is actually Godzilla'a roar from Godzilla (1954) (U.S. title: "Godzilla, King of the Monsters"). Joseph E. Levine had acquired and released that film three years earlier.
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American distributor Joseph E. Levine spent more money promoting this film in the U.S. than its original Italian producers had spent making it in the first place.
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During the scene in which Hercules uses chains against enemy soldiers, director Pietro Francisci became annoyed with Steve Reeves because he felt that Reeves wasn't swinging the chains hard enough to be convincing. Reeves claimed that he didn't want to swing the wooden chains (painted to look like they were metal) too hard because he didn't want to hurt the actors. In response, Francisci shouted back "If they don't get hurt, they don't get paid!"
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Goofs
When Hercules crushes the lion with his bare arms, the reverse angle shows the lion with a happy contented look on its face, obviously enjoying being snuggled.
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Hercules offers Iole a chunk of roast beef, but Sylva Koscina's bite at the joint misses by inches. However, she still munches at the imaginary meat and then complains of being too full.
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Obvious stunt double for Iole when Hercules rescues her from the runaway chariot at the beginning of the movie.
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Quotes
Title Card: Immense and immortal was the strength of Hercules, like the world and the gods to whom he belonged... Yet from letter men he learned one eternal truth - that even the greatest strength carries within it a measure of mortal weaknes... Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options Ercole: No Jason, it's no use to go on torturing yourself. You'll never know who killed your father now Crion's dead.
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Iole, Daugher of Pelias: What's the matter? Why do you sit and stare at me like that?
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Ercole: I've come a long way. Seeing you was worth it.
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Photos from cast
Luciana Paluzzi
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