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La vendetta di Ercole (1960)

A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the machinations of an evil ruler.

Director:

Vittorio Cottafavi

Writers:

Marcello Baldi (story) (as Marco Piccolo), Nicolò Ferrari (story) (as Archibald Zounds Jr.) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Forest ... Ercole / Emilius the Goliath
Broderick Crawford ... King Eurystheus
Gaby André ... Ismene
Renato Terra Renato Terra ... Antoneos (as Renato Terra Caizzi)
Federica Ranchi Federica Ranchi ... Thea
Ugo Sasso Ugo Sasso ... Timocleo di Medar
Sandro Moretti ... Illo
Salvatore Furnari Salvatore Furnari ... Little Peasant
Giancarlo Sbragia ... Tindaro
Michele Gentilini Michele Gentilini
Wandisa Guida Wandisa Guida ... Alcinoe
Nino Milano Nino Milano ... Lica
Leonora Ruffo ... Dejanira
Spartaco Nale Spartaco Nale
Carla Calò Carla Calò ... La Sibilla
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A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the machinations of an evil ruler.

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 August 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Goliath and the Dragon See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the U.S. version, it's not Broderick Crawford's voice, but a voice actor impersonating him. See more »

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In the beginning of the film, when Goliath climbs down into the cave, a thin rope can be seen tied to him. See more »

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Narrator: Emelius the Mighty, the Goliath of Thebes, lived in the days when men worshiped strange pagan gods; believing in their magical powers with unshakable faith. Legend has it that Goliath served the god of vengeance and the goddess of the four winds. In return for his devotion, he was said to be favored with immortality. He would never know death at the hands of any mortal. Goliath was held in awe by his friends and enemies alike. Only one man, Eurytheus, the tyrant of Italia, did not ...
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Alternate Versions

The American International Pictures version has a different editing, new musical score, additional scenes - namely stop motion animation of the dragon done by Jim Danforth and Wah Chang. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Mighty Gorga (1969) See more »

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" By The Gods, I shall Have my Revenge or they will have My Death "
11 July 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

In the 1960's as a child I and dozens of theater goers were watching this interesting Movie called " Goliath and the Dragon " when a small fire in the building sent everyone racing out in a panic. Although, I got the price of admission back, (15 cents) I never did get to finish the film. Due to the fact, I was very young, I was most impressed with the parts of the movie I did get to see. It is years later and I finally got to see the entire movie completely. I am surprised to sit through the entire film without yawning. The scenes which intrigued and captivated me as a child, were laughable as an adult. However, I am impressed with the story of how Goliath or Hercules was able to mesmerize young impressible audiences with such a small budget and hokey special effects. Still, as a grown-up I would quickly recommend this film to young members of the audience as they have not lost their imagination or have forgotten what it means to be inspired by flickering images. During the Sword and Sandal era, these movies are the very inspiration we received when it was needed most. How else could Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, Centars and heroic deeds have impressed us so much? Recommended! *****


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