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Steve “Hercules” Reeves

After brief appearances in “Athena” (1954) & “Jail Bait” (1954) this champion bodybuilder (Mr. America & Mr. Universe in 1947 & 1950 respectively) won the sought after role of “Hercules” (1958).  For the next ten years Italian  peplum’s thrived & Steve became an internationally acclaimed movie star with hit films such as “Hercules Unchained” (1959), “The Last Days Of Pompeii” (1959), “Goliath & The Barbarians”
(1959), “Giant Of Marathon” (1959), “Sandokan The Great” (1963) & “The White Warrior” (1959).

Steve Reeves as  Hercules

Steve Reeves Fact File:

Steve Reeves as Goliath

Birth Name: Steve Reeves

Date Of Birth: 21st January 1926
Place Of Birth: Glasgow, Montana, USA

Date Of Death: 1st May 2000
Place Of Death: Escondido, California, USA

Height: 6’ 1”

Spouse: Aline Czarzawicz (1963-89 death)

Bodybuilding Titles:
Mr. America (1947) & Mr. Universe (1950)

Debut Film: Athena (1954)
Signature Role: Hercules (1958)

Steve Reeves Filmography:

Selected Filmography:                               
Athena (1954)
Jail Bait (1954)
Hercules (1958)
Hercules Unchained (1959)
The Last Days Of Pompeii (1959)
Goliath And The Barbarians (1959)
Giant Of Marathon (1959)
The White Warrior (1959)
Thief Of Bagdad (1960)
Morgan The Pirate (1961)
Duel Of The Titans (1961)
The Trojan Horse (1962)
The Avenger (1962)
Son Of Spartacus (1963)
Sandokan The Great (1963)
The Pirates Of Malaysia (1964)
A Long Ride From Hell (1967)
Hercules Recycled (1994)

Steve Reeves as The Son Of Spartacus

Steve Reeves Movies on VHS & DVD

Hercules [DVD](1959) DVD
The original "swords, sandals and sweat" spectacle stars Steve Reeves as the muscular Greek superhero who asks the gods to make him mortal so he can find love and share in the adventures of humans. His mortal adventures include falling in love with beautiful princess Sylva Koscina and going on a perilous journey with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece. 105 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English dubbed; scene access.

The Last Days Of Pompeii [DVD](1959) DVD
Steve Reeves flexes his pecs once more in this epic retelling of the sin and treachery that occurred in the ancient Roman city, under the shadow of the awakening volcano called Vesuvius. Christine Kaufmann, Barbara Carroll also star. This special edition also includes an English-narrated version of the 1913 Italian filming. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono; scene access.

The White Warrior [DVD](1961) DVD
Unusual casting finds strongman Steve Reeves in a story by Leo Tolstoy as Hadji Murad, who leads his mountain warriors against the army of Russian ruler Nicholas I while battling a rival for his girlfriend's hand. Georgia Moll, Renato Baldini also star; photography by Mario Bava. 88 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailers; scene access.

The Trojan Horse(1962) VHS
Muscles, mythology and history mix in this exciting epic starring Steve Reeves as Aeneas, a Greek warrior who battles leader Paris, tries to find his kidnapped, pregnant wife Creusa and joins fellow fighters in the famous Trojan Horse. With John Drew Barrymore, Juliette Mayniel and Mimmo Palmara. 104 min. Dubbed in English.

The Avenger [DVD](1962) DVD
The majestically muscular Steve Reeves slings a lot of bull (literally) in this action-filled tale of a fight for freedom between Etruscan slavedrivers and oppressed Trojans. The bull stampede is not to be missed. AKA: "The Last Glory of Troy." 100 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; scene access. Plays All Regions.

The Giant Of Marathon [DVD](1962) DVD
Steve "Hercules" Reeves plays the musclebound hero who defends Athens from Persian forces. A horse with incredible stamina, a double-crossing siren, epic land and sea battles and Reeves' amazing physique highlight this sword-and-sandal winner directed by Jacques Tourneur ("Cat People"). 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; scene access. Plays All Regions.

Sandokan And The Pirates Of Malasia(1964) VHS
In this rarely-seen sequel to his title turn in 1963's "Sandokan the Great," Steve Reeves returns as the heoric East Asian privateer, helping a deposed rajah regain his throne from a greedy British officer. With Jacqueline Sassard, Mimmo Palmara; directed by "Sandokan the Great" helmer Umbero Lenzi. AKA: "Pirates of Malasia." 97 min.

Hercules Unchained [DVD](1960) DVD
Steve Reeves returns as the mighty Hercules in another saga of muscles, maidens and monsters. Robbed of his memory, Herc is a prisoner of the lovely Queen of Lidia and must compete in the Contest of Giants for his freedom. 101 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English dubbed mono.

Jail Bait [DVD](1954) DVD
A hard-as-nails gangster film, Ed Wood-style. A hood on the lam shoots his partner, then forces the guy's surgeon-father to change his face. The stars include Lyle Talbot, Dolores Fuller, Timothy Farrell and a young Steve Reeves; don't miss the "hilarious" blackface minstrel sequence! 75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailer.


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Hercules (1957)
Hercules Unchained (1959)
The Giant Of Marathon (1959)
Duel Of The Titans (1961)
Morgan The Pirate (1961)
The Trojan Horse (1962)
Hercules Recycled (1994)

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