Hercules in New York

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Hercules in New York
Hercules in new york movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman
Produced by Aubrey Wisberg
Written by Aubrey Wisberg
Starring Arnold Strong
"Mr. Universe"

Arnold Stang
Deborah Loomis
James Karen
Ernest Graves
Tony Carroll
Taina Elg
Richard Herd and Gregory Squirrell
Music by John Balamos
Cinematography Leo Lebowitz
Edited by Donald P. Finamore
Production
  company
RAF Industries
Tooniversal Company (current studio)
Distributed by Trimark Pictures (current distributor since 1985)
Release date(s)
  • December 16, 1969 (1969-12-16) (New York City, New York)
  • February 25, 1970 (1970-02-25) (United States)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hercules in New York is a 1969 low-budget fantasy adventure film. It is notable for being the first feature film to star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was about 22 years old when the film was produced. However, it is one of the films that Schwarzenegger admits regretting having appeared in.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

Playing the film's title character, Schwarzenegger, because of his long last name and to play off the name of fellow cast member comedian Arnold Stang, is credited as "Arnold Strong 'Mr. Universe'".

Due to his thick Austrian accent, Schwarzenegger had all his lines dubbed,[citation needed] although modern showings of the film have his audio track restored.[citation needed] However, even these restored showings cannot change the final scene's lines that Hercules speaks to Pretzie over a small transistor radio, in a voice that is clearly[citation needed] not Schwarzenegger's.

On October 19, 2006, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Premiere Pictures was auctioning off the rights to the film on eBay for a minimum bid of $550,000.[3]

Plot[edit]

Hercules, at Olympus, berates his father Zeus for not allowing him to leave the gods' abode to adventure on earth. Eventually Zeus sends Hercules, on a beam, to the land of men.

After some strange encounters in the air and at sea, Hercules arrives in New York City, where hilarity ensues in the form of interactions with various New Yorkers, who regard him as physically superior but socially awkward. He meets a skinny little guy called Pretzie (Arnold Stang). Hercules becomes a successful professional wrestler.

Zeus, watching Hercules from the heights, becomes irritated with Hercules' antics, which he feels are making a mockery of the gods, and calls on Mercury to stop Hercules. After Mercury makes an unsuccessful attempt to bring Hercules home, Zeus orders Nemesis to see to it that Hercules is consigned to the infernal regions ruled over by Pluto.

However, Juno instead convinces Nemesis to poison Hercules with a poison that would strip him of his divinity and then talk to Pluto. Nemesis informs Pluto of what is happening and he bets a large sum of money against Hercules in an upcoming strongman competition with Hercules' gangster manager.

When Hercules loses the strongman competition his friends try to lead off Hercules' angry manager's henchmen, but Hercules follows them to save them.

Meanwhile, Zeus uncovers the truth from Nemesis as to what is happening but only intervenes at the last minute to restore Hercules' divinity, not wanting any son of his to die at the hands of a mortal.

Hercules defeats the gangsters and realizes that he has been disobedient and returns to the heavens shortly after, only saying good-bye to Pretzie over a radio after he leaves.

In the heavens, Zeus tells Juno and Hercules that he is not going to punish Hercules for his behavior as they ask him about it and then asks to be left alone. They leave him alone, and upon their departure, Zeus sneaks out of the heavens and descends to earth, scaring a passenger jet on his way down.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryan Lambie (2011-01-20). "The movie roles of Arnold Schwarzenegger: which of these could he reprise?". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  2. ^ "Arnold Schwarzenegger recommends film flop for terrorist interrogators". Daily Express. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  3. ^ Leah Garchik (2006-10-19). "Leah Garchik". SFGate. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 

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