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Hercules and the Captive Women (1961)

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Hercules (Reg Park) and King Androcles (Ettore Manni) are on an ocean expedition when Androcles is washed overboard during a storm near a mysterious island. Making landfall, Hercules finds that the island is the kingdom of Atlantis, ruled by a beautiful, cruel, and ambitious queen, Antinea (Fay Spain), who controls a mysterious source of power. She has transformed her personal guard into super-strong warriors -- each nearly a match for Hercules, put Androcles under her spell, and inflicted terrible wounds on her people, all in preparation for her plan to conquer the world. Hercules finds that her power stems from a source older than the gods on Olympus, one over which he has virtually no power. He must save his friend, release Antinea's people, and prevent her from carrying out her plans.

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Cast

Reg Park
as Hercules
Fay Spain
as Queen Antinea of Atlantis
Ettore Manni
as Androcles
Ivo Garrani
as King of Megalia
Enrico Maria Salerno
as King of Megara
Maurizio Caffarelli
as Proteus the Monster
Gian Maria Volonté
as King of Sparta
Nicola Sperli
as Dyanaris
Mino Doro
as Oraclo
Alessandro Sperli
as King with Mother
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Critic Reviews for Hercules and the Captive Women

All Critics (2)

Goofy enough to be enjoyed on its own merits, but the "MST3k" version is pure gold.

July 15, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Hercules and the Captive Women

Campiness aside, The Captive Women was an OK entry in the series, though if they could skip half of the dialogue it might have been a better film.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

½

From the Mill Creek Warriors 50 Movie Collection. Brave and mighty Hercules (a fine and affable performance by the brawny Reg Park) and his eager, but naive buddy Androcles (the solid Ettore Manni) journey across the ocean to the fabled city of Atlantis in order to stop evil Queen Antinea (nicely played with lip-smacking wicked aplomb by the ravishing Fay Spain) from taking over the world with her army of clone soldiers. Director Vittorio Cottafavi, who also co-wrote the eventful and imaginative script with Sandro Continenza, relates the story at a constant steady pace, maintains a serious tone throughout, and stages the exciting action scenes with rip-roaring gusto (the customary rough'n'ready swordfights are especially thrilling). Better still, this film was obviously made with a pretty substantial budget; there's a breathtaking sense of lavish spectacle to the sets and costumes which in turn makes this picture a truly sumptuous visual feast. Carlo Carlini's glorious widescreen cinematography, shot in bright eye-popping color, makes deft use of a frequently moving camera and offers a wealth of striking shots. The suitably sweeping and majestic score by Gino Marinuzzi, Jr. and Armando Trovajoli likewise hits the rousing spot. The earnest and appealing acting from a sound cast rates as another significant asset: Park portrays Hercules with winning good humor and admirable sincerity, Laura Efrikian makes for an extremely fair damsel in distress as Antinea's sweet fetching daughter Ismene, and Salvatore Furnari almost steals the whole show with his delightfully hearty turn as excitable dwarf Timoteo. The fiery mondo destructo conclusion totally rocks; ditto Hercules' battle with a lethal sorcerer who transforms into a hideous humanoid lizard beast. An immensely fun fantasy romp. 3 1/2 Stars 5-23-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

A prophecy of doom sends Hercules sailing off in a random direction until he eventually lands on Atlantis where an evil queen is creating an army of supermen with the help of her pet rock. Herc literally naps through the first third of the movie, and you'll want to as well; picks up a bit after that, but sets and costumes are the only high point in this sword and sandal snorefest.

Greg S
Greg S

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