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Because he has blinded the cyclops son of Poseidon, Zeus orders the
hero Ulysses (Georges Marchal) to be captured by his son Hercules (Michael
Lane), to be laid in chains and brought to the cyclops for sweet revenge.
... and Ulysses, on his way home from Troy, is captured soon enough
with the help of a bunch of pirates, but escapes by setting their ship on
fire. When later Hercules catches up with him again, he and Ulysses both
are captured by a tribe of birdmen and their beautiful queen, who wants to
marry one of them (no matter which one) and sacrifice the other one to the
great Eagle God. however, a bolt of lightning and Ulysses' cunning frees
our heroes. Hercules though still treats Ulysses as his captive and it
takes Ulysses some more cunning to break free again ... only to be
captured by evil king Lagos (Gianni Santuccio) and his tribe of cavemen.
At first Ulysses manages to convince Lagos that he needs him thanks to his
superior intellect, but when one of Ulysses inventions - wings that enable
the king to take off to the air - goes horribloy wrong, Lagos has Ulysses
thrown into his dungeon.
In the dungeon, Ulysses meets girls from the hometown of Helena
(Alessandra Panaro), Hercules' sweetheart, and helps them escape in hopes
that they will notify Hercules so he fights and defeats Lagos and frees
Ulysses - if only to hand him over to the cyclops.
Hercules meanwhile is in Helena's hometown, but learns that Helena is
promised to another man, Adrastus (Raf Baldassarre), who once saved her
hometown from barbarians. Now though, the town seems to be threatened by
barbarians again, Lagos' cavemen, and Hercules figures if he saves the
town this time, he not Adrastus will get Helena's hand in marriage ... and
he will fianally get his hands on Ulysses (once again). Of course
everything works as planned, and Hercules even manages to not only free
Ulysses but save him from being squashed by the lowering ceiling of his
Still, Ulysses remains Hercules' prisoner, but then Adrastus, who
learns he has lost Helena to Hercules, attacks her hometown and kidnaps
her, and suddenly Hercules has to go to war which allows Ulysses to make
another escape. Then though Ulysses finds Helena in the clutches of baddie
Adrastus, and instead of making good his escape, he saves Hercules' girl,
which in the end causes Hercules - after having defeated Adrastus and his
army - to plead to his father Zeus for forgiveness for Ulysses - which
Zeus of course grants ...
The Italian peplums (= sword and sandal movies) never had too much to
do with the actual history and/or mythology they were based on but were
rather conceived as a colourful succession of action and fantasy scenes
starring one or more bodybuilder heroes - and Ulisse contro Ercole
is no exception, it features a totally and freshly made up story pitting
Hercules against Ulysses that also includes cavemen, birdmen, pirates and
the like. The outcome, as one would expect, is rather ridiculous and
utterly childish - but still, if you are in touch with your inner child,
you might find the film quite exhilarating. On the other hand, if you take
it seriously, you will probably no less than hate it - it's your decision.