Hercules in New York (1970)

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Hercules (Schwarzenegger) is sent to Earth where he finds true love and starts a promising career in the bodybuilder business.

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Deborah Loomis in Hercules in New York (1970)
  • Deborah Loomis in Hercules in New York (1970)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Deborah Loomis in Hercules in New York (1970)
  • Arnold Stang in Hercules in New York (1970)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Hercules in New York (1970)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Karen in Hercules in New York (1970)

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4 October 2005 | Ricky-Roma
| Awful. But Unintentionally Hilarious
Now, there can be no real doubt when you watch this movie that it is absolutely awful. Bad as bad can be. Because it is. "So why oh why have you given it a score of three as opposed to a score of one or two?" you might ask. Well, the reason is that it is the most unintentionally hilarious movie that I have ever seen. It is listed as being an "Action/Comedy/Fantasy" which would lead one to believe that it is meant to be funny. I saw the version in which the mighty Arnold speaks for himself in his customary Austrian brogue. I have not seen the dubbed version so I don't know how much of the comedic value the movie loses based on Schwarzenegger and his dialogue being the funniest part of the movie.

It's the parts that are supposed to be serious that are the really funny bits of this movie. Such as Arnold regularly proclaiming (with an even thicker Austrian accent due to him not yet mastering the English language) "I am Hercules". Having a weightlifting contest with Arnold Stang and pushing over N.Y taxis.

I'm a huge Schwarzenegger fan. I always have been. But the irony is that in the late-1980's he felt the need to display "range" as an actor by trying to branch out from his heavy-hitting actioners into comedy with movies such as "Twins" and "Kindergarten Cop" but the fact of the matter is that Arnold for all his trying was at his funniest right back at the start of his movie career.

If you are a fan of Arnold and love his inimitable manner of delivering lines. You need to see this. Ignore the non-existent plot and acting and just roll along on the river of cheese in a film that is so bad it is hilarious.

Three is a low score, yes. But when you consider that this movie should have a score of one you know that those additional points are on comedic merit alone.

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This was an independently produced and financed film. In the mid 2010"s the copyright for this film ran out. The ownership rights and the film negative then appeared on Ebay with the starting bid set at US $250,000. It is not known what the winning bid was but it was a unique chance for a member of the public to have an opportunity to own the rights to a B movie starring a very young and then unknown actor who would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars many years later.


Helen Camden: Well, I... It's kind of you to be so complimentary but I must say it's the first time anyone has been quite so, so extravagant with his comparisons where I'm concerned.


When Pretzie talks to the contractor, the contractor puts his cigar in his mouth. In the next shot he holds it down by his side.

Alternate Versions

In the 1982 re-release, simply titled HERCULES (or HERCULES THE MOVIE), after the original opening narration, a new title card is spliced in. First, there is a few seconds of "laser" light-show effects. Then, an illustration of a flexing Arnold Schwarzenegger standing between two tall pedestals, with aura emanating from his hands. Above the image, "Arnold Schwarzenegger" in towering space-age font appears with a blue laser effect, and in the same font/effect, appears "Hercules." Then, at the bottom, in simple white font, appears "(C) MCMLXXXIII Filmpartners, Inc." "Starring Arnold Stang" and finally, "A Filmpartners Release". This is then followed by the first smoke-covered scene of Mount Olympus, where we hear Hercules asking "Why can't I go?" (where we left off). This new version's opening title can also be seen in the theatrical teaser/trailer (seen on Trimark's DVD version), which are apparently the only trailers in existence. And during the original opening credits, all titles from "RAF Industries, Inc. Presents" to "Starring Arnold Stang and Arnold Strong 'Mr. Universe'" were noticeably snipped.


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