Hercules (1983 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Luigi Cozzi|
|Screenplay by||Luigi Cozzi|
|Music by||Pino Donaggio|
|Box office||$11 million (USA)|
The film is a retelling of the story of Hercules (Lou Ferrigno) battling the wizard King Minos (William Berger), who uses "science" in an attempt to take over the world. Hercules must stop him and rescue his princess love in the process.
- Lou Ferrigno as Hercules
- Sybil Danning as Ariadne
- Brad Harris as Augias
- Ingrid Anderson as Cassiopea
- William Berger as King Minos
- Rossana Podestà as Hera
- Mirella D'Angelo as Circe
- Bobby Rhodes as King Xenodama
- Gianni Garko as Valcheus
- Yehuda Efroni as Dorcon
- Delia Boccardo as Athena
- Claudio Cassinelli as Zeus
- Frank Garland as The Thief
- Gabriella Giorgelli as Mother
- Ralph Baldassar as Sostratos
- Eva Robin's as Dedalos
Variety announced in 1982 that actor Lou Ferrigno would play the title role in Hercules and budgeted the film at $6 million. The film was originally announced to be directed by Bruno Mattei from a screenplay by Ricardo Ghione. Principal photography was scheduled to begin May 1982 in Rome, Italy while The Hollywood Reporter named Claudio Fragasso as screenwriter, and Ennio Morricone as music composer and conductor. Neither Mattei, Fragasso, or Morricone appear in onscreen credits. The Hollywood Reporter later stated that principal photography began on August 1982 in Italy under the direction of Luigi Cozzi.
Hercules was released in the United States on 26 August 1983 with a 98-minute running time. The film ranked fourth in the United States box office in its opening weekend, earning $3,473,635. The film ultimately grossed $11 million.
The film received largely negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 25% rating based on 8 reviews, with an average rating of 2.2/10.
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