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"The strongest man on Earth."
  • PG
  • 1983
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 4.1  (4,368)

As a demigod, Hercules is a movie that tells the story of the legendary hero of ancient Greece, son of Zeus and Alcmene. The movie was released in 1983 and stars Lou Ferrigno, Brad Harris, and Sybil Danning. The movie begins with the proclamation of the god Jupiter condemning Hercules to suffer and toil for the next 14 years. Hercules' challenge is to complete 12 tasks, each of which is designed to test his strength and endurance. These tasks will allow Hercules to achieve redemption and return to Mount Olympus, from where he was banished.

Hercules is a tall, muscular man with incredible strength. He accepts his fate and sets out on his journey. His first task is to capture the Cretan Bull, a massive beast that has been rampaging through the island of Crete. He struggles to capture the bull but finally manages to accomplish his task. He then takes on the challenge of cleaning the Aegean stables. The stables have been piled with dung and filth for years, and nobody has been able to clean them. Hercules uses his strength to divert two nearby rivers to wash away the dung and muck.

The third task is to capture the Golden Hind of Artemis, a deer so fast that it cannot be caught. Hercules carefully stalks and finally captures the deer, impressing Artemis. His fourth task is to capture the wild boar of Erymanthus. He again proves his strength and courage by capturing the beast, ending the terror it had inflicted on the people.

For his fifth task, Hercules must clean the stables of King Augeas. The task seems impossible, but Hercules manages to clean the entire stable in a single day. However, King Augeas refuses to pay him for his services, which angers Hercules.

Hercules then takes on the challenge of defeating the Stymphalian Birds, a flock of birds that destroyed crops and terrorized the locals. Hercules uses his bow and arrow to kill the birds and save the people. He then must retrieve the belt of Hippolyte, the queen of the Amazons. The queen initially agrees to give Hercules the belt, but Hera, the wife of Zeus and Hercules's greatest enemy, turns the Amazons against him. Hercules must fight them all to retrieve the belt.

Hercules's ninth labor is to capture the cattle of Geryon. He crosses the ocean to the island of Erytheia and captures the cattle, despite the fierce resistance of Geryon and his two-headed dog, Orthus. His next task is to retrieve the golden apples of the Hesperides, which are guarded by a terrible dragon.

Hercules' eleventh task is to capture the three-headed dog, Cerberus, that guards the entrance to the Underworld. Hercules travels to Hades and captures the beast, bringing him back as proof of his success. Finally, Hercules is tasked with cleansing the earth of humanity's corruption by retrieving three golden apples from the Garden of the Hesperides.

Throughout the movie, Hercules battles with Hera, who tries various ways to stop him from completing his tasks. With each completed challenge, Hercules becomes more famous and more beloved by the people, until he becomes a true hero.

In the end, Hercules's tasks are completed, and he returns to Mount Olympus. The movie ends with Hercules ascending to become a full-fledged god, crushing any remaining doubt that he was anything but a true hero.

Overall, Hercules (1983) is a classic representation of the Greek myth of Hercules that manages to capture the essence of the ancient tale while still being an enjoyable movie to watch. The portrayal of Hercules by Lou Ferrigno is pitch-perfect, and the special effects are notably impressive considering the time the movie was made. The latter part of the movie also has a heart-warming love story that adds a touch of human emotion to the otherwise epic tale. For anyone interested in Greek mythology or classic action movies, this one is not to be missed.

Hercules is a 1983 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.1.

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    4.1  (4,368)