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Milo (Pierre Cressoy) has just killed the king of Mykenas & blamed it
all on rebels, which nobody really believes, so upon his return, the populace
tries to revolt, but he has a magic blade that, when removed from its shaft,
makes a handful of Golden soldiers appear who unrelentlessly beat up everyone
in their way - a gift from his mother, a witch (Moira Orfei).
But Milo is no
fool & doesn't try to take over the kingdom just like that, instead he lets
nighbouring noblemen fight for the hand & land of the deceased king's
daughter Ate (Marilů Tolo), confident that his right hand man Gordio (Piero
Lulli) will win, whom he together with Ate will kill afterwards in an accident
to finally get his hands on the throne.
But what he hasn't taken into account
is that the rebels have called in Hercules (Dan Vadis), & Hercules , a
childhood friend of Ate, doesn't only fight for her hand & ultimately
defeat Gordio, he also saves hmself & Ate from teh trap Milo has originally
set up for Gordio & Ate. So Milo decides to change strategy, has Ate
abducted & persuades Hercules that the rebels have kidnapped her. Hercules,
believes every word of it, heads for the rebels' hide-out, pretty much tears it
down &, when questioning their leader about Ate, accidently kills him.
father, the god Zeus is very unhappy about that & decides to strip him of
his supernatural powers ... Hercules has meanwhile found out it was all a foul
trick of Milo though, & - ignorant of his drained powers - wants to fight
him & his mighty army single-handedly ... but is soon overcome & thrown
into the dungeon.
Later, Milo wants to execute Hercules & Ate in the
arena, & he makes it dependent from Hercules now very natural powers of how
long Ate will live ... but he hasn't taken into account that the people of
Mykenas will not accept that & start a revolt, & that Zeus, when
Hercules pleas for the life of Ate, will have second thoughts & restore
Hercules' supernatural powers ...
So in the end, Milo is overthrown &,
together with his golden warriors killed in a landslide, while his mother the
witch tries to get Hercules to save her, having taken the form of Ate, but when
Hercules looks into her eyes, he fails to see Ate's innocence & lets her
fall off a cliff into her watery grave.
Il Trionfo di Ercole,
produced towards the tail-end of the muscleman-peplum-boom, does take pretty
little care in mythological accuracy, instead has its muscleman hero thrown
into a colourful fairytale plot of beautiful princesses who are fought over,
evil witches, black magic & the wonderful golden warriors, all done in a
delightfully cheapish way, with rather meager sets (much of the plot takes
place in a pretty unconvincing & pretty small arena) & second rate
actors (especially Dan Vadis' performance as Hercules almost borders the
On a trashy level, it is pure, childish entertainment though.