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The Loves of Hercules (1960)

Gli amori di Ercole (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy, Adventure | 19 August 1960 (Italy)
Hercules must save his true love from an evil queen.

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Sandro Continenza (screenplay) (as Alessandro Continenza), Luciano Doria (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jayne Mansfield ... Queen Deianira / Hippolyta
Mickey Hargitay ... Hercules
Massimo Serato ... Licos
Tina Gloriani Tina Gloriani ... Hippolyta
Rossella Como Rossella Como ... Aleia
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... High Priest
Arturo Bragaglia Arturo Bragaglia ... Iolaus
Andrea Aureli ... Philoctetes
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti ... Timanthes
Moira Orfei ... Némée
René Dary ... Il generale
Sandrine Sandrine
Olga Solbelli Olga Solbelli ... Maga, the witch
Antonio Gradoli Antonio Gradoli ... Head of Guards
Cesare Fantoni Cesare Fantoni ... Eurysteus
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Storyline

While Hercules is away, his people and the woman he loves are killed by the king of Ecalia. Hercules goes to Ecalia to revenge his dead. When he arrives in Ecalia he finds that the king is dead and queen Dianira reigns. He saves her and falls for her, but Dianira has been promised to Acheloo. His deed became more and more hard among Licos's conspiracy, the Amazons, the Hydra and other monsters... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Genres:

Fantasy | Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 August 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Hercules vs. the Hydra See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Hercules prays to his father Zeus (Greek) during the ax-throwing trial. Everyone else refers to him as the son of Jupiter (Roman), even though they're all Greek as well. See more »

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Other than a chance to see Mickey Hargitay appear with his wife, Jayne Mansfield, there isn't a lot to recommend this one.
3 June 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins with Hercules returning home after some time--only to discover that his lady love is dead as are just about everyone! It seems that the evil King of Ecalia and his armies are responsible and it's up to our hero to kick butt and right wrongs.

The fact that "The Loves of Hercules" was a terrible film should have come as no major surprise for me, as every Hercules/Maciste film I have ever seen from Italy have been rather bad. In the late 50s to about the mid-1960s, the Italian film industry produced a ton of these films. Most starred some foreigner (such as Steve Reeves, though there were GOBS of others, such as Peter Lupus and Mark Forest) and had otherwise all-Italian casts--with generally lousy dubbing in the English language versions I've seen. So why did I watch this bad film? Well, curiosity. I was curious to see the stars--Mickey Hargitay and his then wife, Jayne Mansfield. Mansfield plays two characters and Hargitay plays Hercules.

So what did I like about the film? Well, Miss Mansfield looked nice. I particularly liked seeing her in a brown wig for a change of pace. Now you know it's bad when this is the only thing I really liked! The acting was stilted, the plot was quite boring and for an epic, it sure was amazingly small and non-epic! Overall, it's no better or worse than any of the other films of the genre--which isn't saying much. My advice is see a couple, then you've pretty much seen them all. And, if you want to see the most enjoyable of these, see the much later film "Hercules in New York" (with Arnold Schwarzenegger). It is so incredibly bad that it's actually a lot of fun to watch! As for "The Loves of Hercules", it's forgettable and dumb--no more, no less.


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