Hercules (1958)

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The muscular Hercules performs his Labors, sails with the Argonauts, and romances the fair Iole.


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  • Gianna Maria Canale and Fabrizio Mioni in Hercules (1958)
  • Sylva Koscina in Hercules (1958)
  • Sylva Koscina and Steve Reeves in Hercules (1958)
  • Steve Reeves in Hercules (1958)
  • Sylva Koscina and Steve Reeves in Hercules (1958)
  • Sylva Koscina in Hercules (1958)

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12 June 2003 | DarthBill
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| Steve Reeves - The Great One
This is actually two stories in one: the first is about Hercules trying to find his niche in the world as a rugged adventurer and champion of the oppressed, the 2nd is about Jason and the Argonauts and Herc looking for the Golden Fleece.

Longer and slower than some of the successors and with quite possibly less fight scenes, these are still the best due to the respect and attention given to the characters. Reeves, looking like a pumped up Jonathan Frakes, is probably still the best of the lot, though we only got to see him fight lions, tigers, bulls, monkey people and Primo Carnera as opposed to monsters, but maybe it was better this way. Made things more serious and real world like.

So in other words, don't count this one out!

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Trivia

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.


Quotes

Ercole: I've come a long way. Seeing you was worth it.
Iole, Daugher of Pelias: How simple men are. As though I were a plant or an animal. Still, I thank you, you know.
Ercole: I'm telling you the truth. Don't thank me for it.


Goofs

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.


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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Adventure | Fantasy

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