Hercules DVD (1958) Herkules / Peplum Film / Directed by Pietro Francisci / Starring: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Gianna Maria Canale, Fabrizio Mioni / Based on The Argonauts by Apollonius of Rhodes
Hercules DVD (1958) Herkules / Directed by Pietro Francisci / Starring: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Gianna Maria Canale, Fabrizio Mioni
Playtime 104 Minutes
Audio options: ENGLISH, Hungarian
REGION 2 PAL EUROPEAN EDITION!
Hercules (Italian: Le fatiche di Ercole, lit. 'The Labours of Hercules') is a 1958 Italian peplum film based upon the Hercules and the Quest for the Golden Fleece myths. The film stars Steve Reeves as the titular hero and Sylva Koscina as his love interest Princess Iole. Hercules was directed by Pietro Francisci and produced by Federico Teti. The film spawned a sequel, Hercules Unchained (Italian: Ercole e la Regina di Lidia), that also starred Reeves and Koscina.
Hercules made Reeves an international film star and effectively paved the way for the dozens of 1960s peplum (or "sword and sandal") films featuring bodybuilder actors as mythological heroes and gladiators battling monsters, despots, and evil queens.
- Steve Reeves as Hercules
- Sylva Koscina as Iole
- Fabrizio Mioni as Jason
- Ivo Garrani as Pelias, King of Iolcus
- Gianna Maria Canale as Antea, Queen of the Amazons
- Arturo Dominici as Eurysteus
- Mimmo Palmara as Iphitus, son of Pelias
- Lidia Alfonsi as The Sibyl
- Gabriele Antonini as Ulysses
- Aldo Fiorelli as Argos
- Andrea Fantasia as Laertes
- Luciana Paluzzi as Iole's maid as Luciana Paoluzzi
- Afro Poli as Chiron
- Gian Paolo Rosmino as Aesculapius
- Willi Colombini as Pollux
- Fulvio Carrara as Castor
- Gino Mattera as Orpheus
- Gina Rovere as Amazon
- Lily Granado as Amazon
- Aldo Pini as Tifi
- Guido Martufi as Iphitus, as a child
- Paola Quattrini as Iole, as a child
Hercules is on the road to the court of King Pelias of Iolcus to tutor Pelias' son Prince Iphitus in the use of arms. Pelias' beautiful daughter Princess Iole updates Hercules on the history of her father's rise to power and the theft of the kingdom's greatest treasure, the Golden Fleece. Some suspect—and it eventually proves true—that King Pelias has acquired the throne through fratricide. Hercules and Iole are attracted to each other and a romance eventually develops.
King Pelias is warned by a seeress about a stranger wearing one sandal who will challenge his power. When his nephew Jason, the rightful King of Iolcus, arrives in town wearing one sandal, Pelias takes fright and packs him off to retrieve the Golden Fleece from the distant land of Colchis. Jason and Hercules sail aboard the Argo with their friends Ulysses and his father, Laertes, Argos, the twins Castor and Pollux, the lyre-strumming Orpheus, the physician Aesculapius and others.
After weathering a tempest at sea, the Argonauts dally in a lush garden-like country with Antea, the Queen of the Amazons and her ladies. Jason falls in love with Antea, but, when the Amazons plot the deaths of the heroes, Hercules forces Jason to board the Argo and secretly set sail in the night. On the shores of Colchis, the heroes battle hairy ape-men while Jason slays a dragon and retrieves the Golden Fleece. The Argonauts embark for home with their prize.
In Iolcus, the populace greet the returning heroes but Pelias and his henchman Eurysteus steal the Golden Fleece, deny Jason's claim, and plot his destruction. A tense battle between Pelias' forces and the heroes follows. Hercules halts Pelias' cavalry dead in its tracks by toppling the portico of the palace upon them. The defeated Pelias drinks poison. Jason ascends the throne while Hercules and Iole set sail for new adventures.
|Directed by||Pietro Francisci|
|Produced by||Federico Teti|
|Screenplay by||Ennio De Concini
|Story by||Pietro Francisci
|Based on||The Argonauts
by Apollonius of Rhodes
Gianna Maria Canale
|Music by||Enzo Masetti|
|Edited by||Mario Serandrei|
|Distributed by||Lux Film (Italy)
Warner Bros. (US)
|Box office||$4.7 million US/Canada rentals|
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