Hercules Unchained

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Hercules Unchained (Ercole e la regina di Lidia) (1959, Italy/France/Spain) is a Peplum-Adventure-Fantasy film directed by Pietro Francisci and Mario Bava (uncredited).


Main Details

  • Released on February 14, 1959 (Italy)
  • Color
  • Running time: 1 hr 41 min (101 min) (UK) | 1 hr 45 min (105 min) (USA) | 1 hr 38 min (98 min) (Italy) | 1 hr 34 min (94 min) (West Germany) | 1 hr 37 min (97 min) (DVD) | 1 hr 33 min (93 min) (re-release) (Spain)
  • Production Co.: Galatea Film | Lux Film | Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France | Urania Film
  • Distribution Co.: Lux Film (1959) (Italy) (theatrical) | Daiei (1959) (Japan) (theatrical) (subtitled) | Warner Bros. (1960) (USA) (theatrical) (dubbed) | Warner-Pathé Distributors (1960) (UK) (theatrical) (dubbed) | Warner Bros. (1960) (New Zealand) (theatrical) (dubbed) | Constantin Film (1960) (West Germany) (theatrical) | Union Film (1960) (Austria) (theatrical) | Nyman Film (1961) (Sweden) (theatrical) | Triangelfilm (1961) (Norway) (theatrical) | AVCO Embassy Pictures (1973) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) (dubbed)
  • Directed by Pietro Francisci and Mario Bava (uncredited)
  • Written by Pietro Francisci and Ennio De Concini, based on Sophocles' play Oedipus at Colonus and Aeschylus' play The Seven Against Thebes.
  • Starring: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Gabriele Antonini

Plot Summary

  • While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale.


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