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Hercules in New York (1975)




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Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his film debut (under the name Arnold Strong) as the title character in this revival of the Hercules franchise. This time, the hero fights crime in Manhattan.more
Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Aubrey Wisberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 24, 2000
RAF Industries


Arnold Stang
as Pretzie
James Karen
as The Professor
Taina Elg
as Nemesis
Dan Hamilton
as Mercury
Tony Carroll
as Monstro
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All Critics (6)

Sheer fever dream madness.

Full Review… | August 2, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Early (dubbed) Arnold is a low budget oddity.

June 1, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

August 28, 2005

February 25, 2005
Reeling Reviews

June 17, 2004
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

June 26, 2003

Audience Reviews for Hercules in New York


*Note: The Netflix Instant version dubs Arnold. Get the original in order to grasp the full hilarity of this film.

The production meeting for this stagnant piece of horse manure must have been a hoot.
"Yeah, he's a god but...but he's in New York City."
"That's it."

It stands to wonder why this film needed to be made. The budget must have been small, as Mount Olympus looks like the back garden of a fancy funeral home, and much of the lighting is natural, though average for that time period, still looks ungodly. The film, haphazard and nonsensical, follows Hercules descent from Olympus at the behest of Zeus, angry at him for his whining and bratty demeanor. Once Hercules is on Earth, making friends with a pretzel vendor named (deep exhale) Pretzie, he jumps ship, fights a bear, and becomes a strong man. (The bear is a guy in a suit, and not a good one. Sock puppets are more believable.) Zeus immediately wishes him back, and when he becomes defiant, Zeus banishes him to hell for a hundred years. Different gods pop up to bring him to heaven or hell, though all of them are pretty banal, none possessing any interesting qualities or trying to be in likeness with who they are portraying. Besides that, the film intercuts the Arnold footage with simple scenes of the gods plotting, which usually consists of long tracking shots from twenty feet away, with atrocious dialogue and blasť direction overall. Though Arnold is pretty interesting and his unintentional hilarity abundant, Pretzie is a thorn in the viewer's side, a character somewhere between stereotypical Brooklyn Jew and a generally uneven and annoying individual. None of this film makes much sense, but watch for the iconic scene where Arnold goes against another strong man to be crowned strongest man alive. It's trivial and plain, but one hell of a laugh fest.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

An early Schwarzenneger flick I caught on late night tv. Didn't care for it.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

So bad it's absolutely hilarious. Mount Olympus apparently has traffic going past. The man who played the bear deserves best supporting actor, and for some of the shots not even being colour corrected properly this deserves Oscars. It isn't these painfully hilarious moments that let the film down really, they add to it's charm. What does let it down is the fact that Hercules is an absolute penis head. Beating up anybody he feels like, and refusing to pay for anything. Worth a waste of 90 minutes of your life.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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