Hercules (1983 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Luigi Cozzi
Produced by Yoram Globus
Written by Luigi Cozzi
Music by Pino Donaggio
Cinematography Alberto Spagnoli
Edited by James Beshears
Sergio Montanari
Distributed by Cannon Film Distributors
MGM/UA Entertainment Company
Release dates
12 August 1983 (1983-08-12)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian
Box office $11 million (USA)[1]

Hercules is a 1983 Italian adventure film written and directed by Luigi Cozzi and starring Lou Ferrigno. The film is based on Greek mythology and follows the exploits of Hercules.

Part of the adventure finds Hercules battling giant robots brought to life by stop motion animation. The musical score was provided by Pino Donaggio.

Despite not being a critical or box office hit, the film has become something of a cult favorite[clarification needed]. A sequel called The Adventures of Hercules (also starring Ferrigno and written and directed by Cozzi) was released in 1985.


The film is a retelling of the story of Hercules (Lou Ferrigno) battling the wizard 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.


Filmed back-to-back with The Seven Magnificent Gladiators in Italy in the summer of 1982. The Seven Magnificent Gladiators was filmed first, followed by the filming of this movie, which began on July 12.[2]

Main cast[edit]


Variety said that "Lou Ferrigno is perfectly reliable," and Mondi Incredibili that "Cozzi employs a remarkable cast."


Award Category Subject Result
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Actor Lou Ferrigno Nominated
Worst New Star Won
Worst Supporting Actress Sybil Danning Won
Worst Screenplay Luigi Cozzi Nominated
Worst Picture Yoram Globus Nominated


  1. ^ Andrew Yule, Hollywood a Go-Go: The True Story of the Cannon Film Empire, Sphere Books, 1987 p47
  2. ^ http://www.varietyultimate.com/search/?search=Gladiators+Hercules+Ferrigno&startYear=1982&endYear=1982

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