Hercules, Samson and Ulysses (1965): Italian (Campy) Sand and Sandals Epic

Hercules, Samson and Ulysses is a 1963 cheesy and campy Italian Metrocolor peplum epos, directed by Pietro Francisci.


Hercules, Samson and Ulysses

Italian poster for Hercules, Samson and Ulysses

Hercules, Samson and Ulysses is a 1963 Italian Metrocolor peplum film directed by Pietro Francisci.

On a Greek Island, Hercules and Ulysses are asked to kill a sea serpent menacing the coast and its inhabitants. They succeed, but their ship is caught in a storm.

Shipwrecked, they come to Phoenicia and encounter the mighty Samson, who they help in battling the vicious Phoenicians.

The movie offers (guilty) visual pleasure in showing very sexy muscled men and minimally clad women. It’s possible to watch the movie without listening to the dialogue (such as it is).

Hercules, Samson and Ulysses opened on December 20, 1963 in Italy, and almost two years later, May 1965, in the U.S.

The costume designers reportedly used re-purposed Nazi helmets for the Philistine headgear.

Kirk Morris: Hercules
Iloosh Khoshabe: Samson (aka Richard Lloyd)
Enzo Cerusico: Ulysses
Liana Orfei: Delilah
Diletta D’Andrea: Leria
Fulvia Franco: Ithaca Queen
Aldo Giuffrè: Seren
Pietro Tordi: Azer

Running time: 93 minutes


TCM shows this movie every year, most recently June 1, 2021.