Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hercules in New York (1969)

aka Hercules Goes Bananas, aka Hercules: the Movie

How bad is it? It's a minor Hercules film notable only for its star in an early role.
Should you see it? Yes, perhaps with The Villain and Scavenger Hunt.

Arnold Schwarzenegger played Hercules under the name Arnold Strong (because his co-star was Arnold Stang and it sounded cool that way). His Austrian accent was considered too thick, so he got dubbed - badly - though no one else was. Herc comes to America, rescues an escaped bear, rides a chariot down Broadway and becomes a pro wrestler. It's silly, but no worse than many "Hercules" films that are actually Maciste or Ursus films.

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