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Hercules Unchained (1959)

Ercole e la regina di Lidia (original title)
While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale.

Directors:

Pietro Francisci, Mario Bava (uncredited)

Writers:

Pietro Francisci (story), Sophocles (story based on: play "Oedipus at Colonus") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Reeves ... Hercules
Sylva Koscina ... Iole
Gabriele Antonini Gabriele Antonini ... Ulysses - Son of Laertes
Patrizia Della Rovere Patrizia Della Rovere ... Penelope
Sergio Fantoni ... Eteocles
Fulvia Franco Fulvia Franco ... Anticlea - Mother of Ulysses
Carlo D'Angelo Carlo D'Angelo ... Creonte - High Priest of Thebes
Marisa Valenti Marisa Valenti ... Ulysses' Bride
Mimmo Palmara ... Polinices
Elda Tattoli ... Altmea - Mother of Ulisses' Girlfriend
Daniele Vargas ... Anfiarao (as Daniele Varga)
Andrea Fantasia Andrea Fantasia ... Laertes - King of Ithaca
Gino Mattera Gino Mattera ... Orpheo
Aldo Fiorelli Aldo Fiorelli ... Argos the Shipbuilder
Gianni Loti Gianni Loti ... Sandone - Captain of the Lidian Guard
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Storyline

En route to Thebes for an important diplomatic mission, Hercules drinks from a magic spring and loses his memory. He spends most of the movie in the pleasure gardens of Queen Omphale of Lydia. While young Ulysses tries to help him regain his memory, political tensions escalate in Thebes, and Hercules' new wife Iole finds herself in mortal danger. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

13 July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hercules Unchained See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,450,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Hercules Unchained has been broadcast on American television, and is available in both VHS and DVD formats. The film was also featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. See more »

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At 23 minutes the tiger trainer is seen from the side and he's holding a whip in his right arm. Then there is a short shot of him from the front and he's holding it in his left. When the shot changes angle it is once again in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Hercules: I'm so sleepy, I can't seem to keep awake!
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Crazy Credits

The Italian main title co-credits Iole's song to "Tito Manzese." This was not only a pseudonym, but an anagram of Enzo Masetti who wrote the score. See more »

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Soundtracks

Con te per l'eternità
Written by Enzo Masetti (as Tito Manzese), Carlo Savina and Dario Bernazza
Sung by Sylva Koscina (dubbed by Marisa Del Frate in the Italian version)
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Steve Reeves Unleashed
26 July 2006 | by ewarn-1See all my reviews

There was only one Hercules, and he wasn't from Mt. Olympus, he was from California, and his name was Steve! This movie proves it. Actually, it's a little better than his original flick, "Hercules". It's more polished, and has a little more action, but then, that's not saying much. It might have been exciting back in 1959 to see some guy pick up a tree, but the modern special effects fests have eclipsed it. Any kid interested in seeing fighting musclemen today wouldn't watch this, they'd be watching Smackdown or whatever it is. WWF. WWE. I don't know. Anyway, they'd rather see Rick Flair and John Cena insult each other.

But hey! I liked it, because I think Steve Reeves was cool! He looked the part with his beard. And he had some build, better than all the musclemen that followed, better than the bodybuilders today. This was his last good film. For all the others, he shaved off his beard and journeyed to strange places, like Russia and India. He should have stayed in ancient Greece.

If your a retro person, you would love this. I dig the retro dancing Greek island chicks. I dig the fake tigers. I dig the chariots, I dig Steve beating up the world's heavyweight champ. You might find other things to dig, so pay homage to old Steve Hercules Reeves himself. He might have been governor of California too.


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