Hercules Unchained (February 14, 1959)
Released on January 8, 1952: (running time 1 hour and 36 minutes) Hercules and Ulisses are captured by the Queen of Lidia after Hercules drinks from the fountain of forgetfulness.
Produced by Bruno Vailati and Ferruccio De Martino
Directed by Pietro Francisci
Written by Pietro Francisci and Ennio De Concini from stories written by Sophocles and Aeschylus
The Actors: Steve Reeves (Hercules), Sylva Koscina (Iole, bride of Hercules), Sylvia Lopez (Queen Onfale of Lidia), Patrizia Della Rovere (Penelope), Primo Carnera (Anteo the giant), Carlo D'Angelo (Creonte, High Priest of Thebes), Gabriele Antonini (Ulisses, son of Laertes), Cesare Fantoni (Edipus, King of Thebes), Mimmo Palmara (Polinices), Andrea Fantasia (Laertes, King of Ithaca), Aldo Fiorelli (Argos the ship builder), Gino Mattera (Orpheo), Aldo Pini (Tifi, pilot of Argos), Nino Marchetti (Fossore), Daniele Vargas (Anfiarao), Sergio Fantoni (Eteocles), Elda Tattoli (Altmea, mother of Ulisses' girlfriend), Ugo Sasso (Polinice's officer), Fulvio Carrara (Pollux), Willi Colombini (Castor, Laertes' assistant), Fulvia Franco (Anticlea, mother of Ulisses), Angelo Zanolli (Admeo), Walter Grant (Aesculapio), Marisa Valenti (Ulisses' bride), Gianni Loti (Sandone, Captain of the Lidian Guard), Nando Cicero (Lastene), Colleen Bennet (ballerina at Omphale's Palace), Sergio Ciani (unknown), Fabrizio Mioni (Jason)
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Hercules’ New Wife and the Waters of Forgetfulness
Steve Reeves was born in 1926 in Glasgow, Montana. He joined the Army as a teen and loaded boxcars and trucks during the day, working out at the gym during his off time. Men were using heavy weights to sculpt massive muscular bodies since the ancient Greek times, but it wasn’t until the 1950’s that huge sculpted bodies became very, very popular, thanks in large part to Steve Reeves.
He kept building his amazing muscular body after his military time, and earned a bit of money displaying his physique at promotional events. The event that changed his world was an invitation by Italian movie director Pietro Francisci. Steve Reeves played the part of Hercules in the first Italian Peplum movie, popularly referred to as Sword and Sandal movies. Peplum, by the way, is the name for the ancient robe-clothing that is worn in these movies. After the popularity of his first Hercules movie in 1958, this sequel was made, and Steve Reeves would later become the highest paid actor in Europe.
As our fantasy of the Greek gods and goddesses begins we discover that Hercules has been chained. He has married a young blonde girl and she will be a pleasant ball-and-chain attached to the mighty Hercules. Unfortunately, on the way to delivering a peace agreement, Hercules takes a cool drink of water from a spring, and it is magical water. After drinking from the water of forgetfulness, Hercules is captured by nearby soldiers and taken to the island kingdom of Queen Onfale. Once the Queen discovers that Hercules has no memory of who he is, she convinces him that he is her husband. The Queen will keep him drinking the water of forgetfulness and use him as her love-slave.
Separated from his new bride, and under the intoxicating spell of the beautiful Queen of Lidia, Hercules seems to be at the end of his mighty career. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Steve Reeves as Hercules
Steve Reeves and Carlo D'Angelo
Steve Reeves and Sergio Fantoni
Steve Reeves and Sylva Koscina
Steve Reeves and Sylvia Lopez
Steve Reeves and Sylvia Lopez
Sylva Koscina and Andrea Fantasia
Sylva Koscina and Gabriele Antonini
Sylva Koscina and Steve Reeves
Sylvia Lopez and Steve Reeves
Sylvia Lopez and Willi Colombini
Willi Colombini an Sylvia Lopez