Hercules (July 22, 1958)
Released on July 22, 1958: Hercules, Jason, Argo and the Argonauts sail the seas in search of the Golden Fleece and the man who killed the King.
Directed by Pietro Francisci
Written by Apollonios Rhodios, Pietro Francisci, Ennio De Concini, Gaio Frattini, Agenore Incrocci and Furio Scarpelli.
The Actors: Steve Reeves (Hercules), Silva Koscina (Iole, daughter of Pelias), Fabrizio Mioni (Jason), Ivo Garrani (Pelias, King of Iolcus), Gianna Maria Canale (Antea, Queen of the Amazons), Arturo Dominici (Eurysteus), Mimmo Palmara (Polinice), Lydia Alfonsi (the Sybil), Gabriele Antonini (Ulysses), Aldo Fiorelli (Argos), Andrea Fantasia (Laertes), Luciana Paluzzi (Iole's maid), Afro Poli (Chironi), Gian Paolo Rosmino (Aesculapius), Willi Colombini (Pollux), Fulvio Carrara (Castor), Gino Mattera (Orpheus), Gina Rovere (Amazon number 1), Lily Granado (Amazon number 2), Aldo Pini (Tifi the pilot), Guido Martufi (Iphitus as a child), Paola Quattrini (Iole as a child), Romano Barbieri (unknown), Augusto Belardelli (unknown), Spartaco Nale (unknown, Nino Marchetti (Fossore).
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Long before Superman, Spiderman and all of the other Super Heroes . . . in fact a thousand years before . . . there were gods with awesome powers, including Hercules, son of Zeus. In this fantasy action thriller the King is killed and the sacred Golden Fleece is stolen. Whoever has the Golden Fleece in his possession will become the next king. Hercules is called from the gods to come and help find the Golden Fleece, and he quickly falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the King's brother. Jason, the King's son, comes to join the search for the Golden Fleece and his father's killer, and Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts head out to sea to find it. On the way they are stranded for a bit on an island inhabited totally by young beautiful women, and Jason falls hard for the Amazon Queen, not knowing that the ladies intend on killing all of the men. Of course the men escape thanks to some poppy flowers, and head on to the location where they believe that the Golden Fleece is.
Steve Reeves, who plays Hercules, was an American body builder from California, and he was the first famous body builder role model that inspired Arnold Schwarzenegger and others into the sport of body building. This movie made Steve Reeves an overnight star in Europe and America, and soon he was the highest paid movie star in Europe. A few years after this movie he was asked to take the lead in an Italian cowboy movie called, 'A Fistful of Dollars' and he turned down the offer, saying that Italians wouldn't know how to make a good cowboy movie. So they found an unknown young American actor named Clint Eastwood to take the part, and the rest . . . as they say . . . is history. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter drizzled on it and enjoy a great Mediterranean adventure from the days when gods walked the earth with kings and commoners.
Steve Reeves as Hercules
Andrea Fantasia as King Laertes
Fabrizio Mioni as Jason, and Gianna Maria Canale as Antea, Queen of the Amazons
Gianna Maria Canale and Fabrizio Mioni
Gianna Maria Canale
Lydia Alfonsi, the Sybil
Steve Reeves and Arturo Dominici
Steve Reeves and Sylva Koscina
Steve Reeves as Hercules
Steve Reeves meets Sylva Koscina
Steve Reeves as Hercules, tries to revive Sylva Koscina
Sylva Koscina and Steve Reeves
Sylva Koscina and Steve Reeves ride into town