Hercules Unchained (1959) - Ercole e la regina di Lidia

Hercules Unchained (Italian: Ercole e la regina di Lidia , “Hercules and the Queen of Lydia”) is a 1959 Italian-French epic fantasy feature film starring Steve Reeves and Sylva Koscina in a story about two warring brothers and Hercules’ tribulations in the court of Queen Omphale. The film is the sequel to the Reeves vehicle Hercules (1958) and marks Reeves’ second – and last – appearance as Hercules. The film’s screenplay, loosely based upon various Greek mythology and plays by Aeschylus and Sophocles, was written by Ennio De Concini and Pietro Francisci with Francisci directing and Bruno Vailati and Ferruccio De Martino producing the film.


While travelling, Hercules is asked to intervene in a quarrel between two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, over who should rule Thebes. Before he can complete this task, Hercules drinks from a magic spring and is hypnotized by a harem girl who dances the “Dance of Shiva”, loses his memory and becomes the captive of Queen Omphale of Lydia. The Queen keeps men until she tires of them, then has them made into statues. While young Ulysses tries to help him regain his memory, Hercules’ wife, Iole, finds herself in danger from Eteocles, current ruler of Thebes, who plans on throwing her to the wild beasts in his entertainment arena. Hercules slays three tigers in succession and rescues his wife, then assists the Theban army in repelling mercenary attackers hired by Polynices. The two brothers ultimately fight one another for the throne and end up killing each other; the good high priest Creon is elected by acclaim.


Directed by Pietro Francisci
Screenplay by Ennio De Concini and Pietro Francisci
Story by Pietro Francisci

Based on
Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles
Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus

Produced by Bruno Vailati
Restored by moonflix, LLC


Steve Reeves as Hercules
Sylvia Lopez as Queen Omphale of Lydia
Sylva Koscina as Iole
Sergio Fantoni as Eteocles
Mimmo Palmara as Polynices
Gabriele Antonini as Ulysses
Fulvio Carrara as Castor
Willi Colombini as Pollux
Gian Paolo Rosmino as Aesculapius
Gino Mattera as Orpheus
Primo Carnera as Antaeus
Cesare Fantoni as King Oedipus
Daniele Vargas as Amphiaraus
Carlo D’Angelo as High Priest Creon
Gianni Loti as Sandone
Fulvia Franco as Anticlea
Colleen Bennett as the prima ballerina
Nando Cicero as Lastene

Original release date:
February 14, 1959

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Genres: New Arrivals, Adventure, Movies, 1950's, Fantasy, Color Classics, Famous Stories, Adventure, Italian Classics, Color Movies, ALL Movies, Fantasy

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