Movie » Hercules released on February 20, 1958.

    1958 Italian film (Le fatiche di Ercole) based on the Greek Hercules and the Jason and the Argonauts myths. The film was directed by Pietro Francisci, and starred Steve Reeves as Hercules.

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    Hercules is traveling to Iolcus to instruct King Pelias' son Iphitus in the use of arms. En route he rescues Pelias' daughter Iole from her runaway chariot. From her he learns that her father became king when her uncle was murdered and the palace's treasured Golden Fleece stolen. Hercules and Iole are immediately smitten with each other.

    Pelias is warned by a prophet that a man wearing one sandal will threaten his throne. He decrees that if such a man is seen he is to be immediately kille, but when his nephew Jason, the rightful heir, shows up alongside Hercules, having lost a sandal crossing a river, Pelias sends him on a quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece from Colchis, expecting that will be the end of him.

    Jason and Hercules set sail with Argus, aboard his ship, the Argo, with a number of sailors, including Aesclepios, Laertes, Caster, Pollux, and Orpheus. They encounter many dangers along the way.



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    The movie that started a genreThe Italian Hercules movies of the 50s and 60s are often a source of jeers and derision, and rightly so as there were so many of them and scores of knock-offs. The production values of these films was highly variable, with some being incredibly cheap looking. To make matters worse, by the time many of these films made their way to America, they were butchered for content, badly dubbed, and often poor in picture quality, scratched, faded, broken and spliced.Often for...

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