Hercules, Samson and Ulysses

Hercules, Samson and Ulysses, (Italian: Ercole sfida Sansone) is a 1963 Italian Metrocolor peplum film directed by Pietro Francisci.[3]

Hercules, Samson and Ulysses
Italian poster for Hercules, Samson and Ulysses
Directed byPietro Francisci
Produced byJoseph Byrd[1]
Screenplay byPietro Francisci[1]
Music byAngelo Francesco Lavagnino[1]
CinematographySilvano Ippoliti[1]
Edited byPietro Francisci[2]
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • 20 December 1963 (1963-12-20) (Italy)
Running time
93 minutes[1]

The costume designers for this movie used re-purposed Nazi helmets for the Philistine headgear.[4][5]


On one of the many Greek Islands, Hercules and Ulysses are asked to kill a sea serpent menacing the coast and its inhabitants. They succeed, but their ship is caught in a storm. Shipwrecked, they come to Phoenicia and encounter the mighty Samson, who they help in battling the vicious Phoenicians.



Hercules, Samson and Ulysses opened on December 20, 1963 in Italy. It was released in May 1965 in the United States.[1]


  1. Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (28 February 2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. pp. 91–92. ISBN 978-1476627045.
  2. Brennan, Sandra. "Ercole Sfida Sansone". Allmovie. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  3. Chiti, Roberto; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia; Mario Pecorari (1992). Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film [Dictionary of Italian cinema: films] (in Italian). 6 (1 ed.). Gremese Editore. p. 189. ISBN 978-8884401373.
  4. "Doctor K's Cult Classica: Hercules, Samson and Ulysses". The Bureau Chiefs. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  5. "Hercules, Samson & Ulysses (1963): Goofs". IMDb.

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