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Hercules

Hercules (1959)

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Release Date: Jul 22, 1959 Wide

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Heralding a decade of Italian-made sword-and-sandal films, Hercules -- as it's been known in the United States since its 1959 release -- draws most of its plot from the legend of Jason and the Golden Fleece. Hercules, the half-immortal son of Jupiter (or Zeus) rescues Iole, the daughter of Pelias, the king of Jolco, when the horses pulling her chariot run wild. Returning her to the court, he is engaged by Pelias to train his vain, arrogant son in the use of arms, that he may one day become a

Mar 27, 2001

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Slopped together from mythological dog-ends with no particular grace or wit.

May 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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Ab-solutely goofball sword and sandal film. Great cheese factor.

March 17, 2009
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A true guilty pleasure for the young at heart. The prototype sand-and-sandal epic.

November 3, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Cheesily entertaining old-school adventure romp.

July 31, 2002
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For a B-movie, this is all you could want in a Hercules story. While itâ??s more a story about Jason and the Argonauts, this certainly captures the essence of the character and all of his might. Steve Reeves is depicted as one of the most powerful human beings to ever walk the earth and itâ??s certainly believable by the way he is shot in this movie (appearing 7 ft tall). Boars, Lions and beasts are no match for the metahuman; he just beats them with his bare hands or wooden club. For itâ??s time, this is a really fun and memorable experience.
June 18, 2010
ythelastman89

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hugh jackman in the latest x-men is way more buff than poor old steve reeves was back in the innocent yet halycon days of 1959, but ol' stevie did have a good story and the simmering sylvia koscina as romantic heat. try to beat that! better than you think it might be, and a foreign film no less! (i'm turning in my d.a.r. membership tomorrow!)
May 30, 2009
ApeneckFletcher

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lame and histrionic.
June 6, 2007
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