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Hercules/Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules (1959)

Steve Reeves , Sylva Koscina , Antonio Leonviola , Pietro Francisci  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Fabrizio Mioni, Ivo Garrani, Gianna Maria Canale
  • Directors: Antonio Leonviola, Pietro Francisci
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hercules/Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules" on IMDb

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A double feature of epic proportions! In Hercules, the granddaddy of all sword and sandal films, the mythical muscleman (played by former Mr. America and Mr. Universe Steve Reeves) joines the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece. Along the way, they encounter a bevy of buxom Amazons, hideous apemen, Italian sex goddesses Sylva Koscina (Lisa and the Devil) and Giana Maria Canale (I Vampiri), and a gigantic dragon. Presented on DVD for the first time in its original widescreen splendor, this is the original monsters-and-muscles classic you've been waiting for!

Plus: Mark Forest stars in Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules as Hercules' son, Maciste, who goes underground to discover the terrifying kingdom of the Mole Men, who are ruled by beautiful but wicked Queen Alismoyab... whose evil is no match for her weakness for muscles! Also starring black bodybuilder Paul Wynter, this is one of the wildest and weirdest of the Italian beefcake fests.


Under the jealous wrath of the queen of the gods, young Hercules perform the twelve labors, each one more impossible than the last. Next, he uses his bulging biceps to assist Jason and the Argonauts on their quest for the mythical Golden Fleece. --Rotten Tomatoes

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136 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Times Were Simpler and Steve Reeves Was Hercules! September 28, 2003
Ah, yes! Those were the days! Disregard the dubbed-in dialogue and hokey plot lines. The orginal 1957 "Hercules" is a treasure of fantasy and fun. To those Americans who possess a sense of the past (what used to be known fondly as "nostalgia" prior to the MTV generation and its contemptuous stance toward anything that occurred prior to the maturation of Jennifer Lopez's big, fat posterior), Johnny Weismuller was Tarzen. Bela Lugosi was Dracula. Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger. And Steve Reeves was Hercules. Long before Arnold there was Steve Reeves, the prototype body builder who in the 1940s and 50s surpassed what Charles Atlas initiated a generation earlier. A scrawny, unathletic kid who was teased unmercifully, Reeves decided to do something about his predicament. He made body building and fitness a way of life. Between 1945 and 1950, Reeves won every body building competition and award in the universe, and he did so without the use of steroids or any other drugs. It didn't take long for Hollywood to come calling. After being considered and then turned down for the role of Samson (for being "too muscular") in the 1949 MGM production of "Samson and Delilah" opposite Heddy Lamarr, Reeves spent a few years playing mostly forgetable parts in a number of films before achieving celluloid stardom in his adopted home, Italy. In 1957 Reeves portrayed the legendary Greek hero Hercules in the film of the same name, and repeated the role in its sequel, "Hercules Unchained," two years later. Reeves was extraordinarily handsome with black wavy hair and piercing blue eyes. With his beard and spectacular physique, Reeves looked exactly like the image of the Greek demigod as it had been depicted for thousands of years. Read more ›
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Awaited & Worth It January 25, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Finally, Steve Reeves on DVD! The version sent to me was by Gemstone Entertainment; but appears to be the same version as United American Video. A few years back I was on Steve's web site and commented that I was disappointed that there were none of his films on DVD, and the reply that I got back was, "Only on VHS now; but just wait a bit longer...." I remember the first time I saw this movie as a kid, I was totally hooked on Steve Reeves and his name was forever connected with Hercules, which is kind of funny considering that he only made two Hercules movies. Though watching Italian movies can take a little getting used to, mainly due to the editing practices, in addition to dubbing the sound in after the movie had been completed, this movie holds the test of time very well, considering that it's almost 45 years old. My only real complaints are that it's not presented in a natural widescreen format and that the copy of the print was not in pristene condition; but don't let the TV format, soft focus and colors in some spots, and a few scratches and specks during the movie deter you from getting this classic. Some day I'm hoping to see a higher grade edition, in widescreen, with the film digitally restored and maybe a few extras; but until then, this will more than suffice.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hercules Chained to TV Format. June 9, 2001
This is a review of the DVD by Gemstone Entertainment - ISBN 0-7694-1100-2, UPC 84296-40174. Judging by the price, the one listed here on is likely to be similar.
I would rate the movie itself as one of my all time favorite fantasy adventures, although many would view it as "campy" I view Steve Reeves as the best Hercules ever.
I was rather disappointed that the DVD was a formatted-for-TV version of the movie, apparently made from a rather faded print of the film. The sound was generally out of sink with the actors lips. (Stopping and restarting my SONY player did not fix the problem.)
I'm glad I have some version of this movie in my library. Hopefully a restored, letterboxed version will be done someday.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Steve Reeves as Hercules July 20, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I remember seeing this movie as a child and interestingly enough, now that it is on dvd, my son has bought this for his family.There are no great special effects. And don't look for any great acting, but Hercules is a fun movie and Reeves is the perfect Hercules with a sculpted physique, handsome and charismatic. I hope more Reeves movies become available on dvd. He was the original action hero.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a great pity October 26, 2003
This is without doubt the worst film transfer to DVD I have ever seen. I saw the film recently on TV and it was 10 times the quality of this DVD. Dont waste your money on this DVD.
It is an insult to modern technology and frankly a rip-off. Amazon should be ashamed of selling this product.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic films, poor transfer December 18, 2006
Wish the Steve Reeves Hercules films were just a little more robust than they are: Reeves is magnificent to look at, and the women are beautiful. But somehow, these Hercules films don't create the same feeling in people that they get from Harryhausen's "Jason and the Argonauts", and the more elaborate spectacles like "Ben Hur". Fans of Reeves, and the genre, may object most to the pan-and-scan versions of these movies presented here. Bad prints, too, and this is a shame, because the color photography and widescreen were a huge part of the appeal of these amiably modest spectacles. If you've been waiting for "Hercules" to come out on a restored DVD, this isn't it, sadly. Reeves and his fans deserved better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cheesy as they come and it works just fine.
Published 4 hours ago by Brian
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 15 days ago by Mark Naidoo
5.0 out of 5 stars ... saw Hercules when I was twelve years old and loved it then
I saw Hercules when I was twelve years old and loved it then. When DVDs came out I began searching for it. Steve Reeves was born for this part. Sylva Koscina was totally gorgeous. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ronald t beck
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked that.
Prompt delivery of this item. I really liked that.
Published 1 month ago by Tony Ramon
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It good for its time
Published 1 month ago by NRT
4.0 out of 5 stars great
Dated but it's been one of my favorites for 50 years. RIP Steve. You inspired generations of men.
Published 2 months ago by Loren w Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Hercules
Steve Reeves impressedme as a teenager with the advantages of weight training, acting, and mythology. A "sandle classic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I grew up with Steve Reeves as Hercules. The beautiful cinematography of on location shooting make the movie. The acting could be better. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Silvio Renzulli
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Even the children hated it. Little attempt appeared to have been made to make the action scenes seem vaguely realistic. The twelve labors of Hercules was a joke. Read more
Published 4 months ago by carepuppy
5.0 out of 5 stars Yep, Good Movie After All These Years
I loved this movie as a child and still do. Even after all the newer, CGI, fancy filmed Hercules movies, this one is still cool. Read more
Published 5 months ago by LoveHarryPotter
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Reeves or Forest?
Steve Reeves all the way. Even fully clothed, as in THIEF OF BAGHDAD, Reeves is not only attractive but has a warm and charming screen presence.

Mark Forest, on the other hand, has a great body but no life or humor and a poker face.

However, my own favorite Hercules/Maciste will always be Reg... Read More
Jun 10, 2011 by Doctor Mabuse |  See all 2 posts
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