June 27th, 1997


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The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.9/10 (41,093 voted)

Director: Ron Clements

Stars: Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, James Woods

Hercules, son of the Greek God, Zeus, is turned into a half-god, half-mortal by evil Hades, God of the Underworld, who plans to overthrow Zeus. Hercules is raised on Earth and retains his god-like strength, but when he discovers his immortal heritage Zeus tells him that to return to Mount Olympus he must become a True Hero. Hercules becomes a famous hero with the help of his friend Pegasus and his personal trainer, Phil the satyr. Hercules battles monsters, Hades and the Titans, but it is his self-sacrifice to rescue his love Meg which makes him a True Hero.

Writers: Ron Clements, John Musker

Tate Donovan - Hercules(voice)
Josh Keaton - Young Hercules(voice)
Roger Bart - Young Hercules(singing voice)
Danny DeVito - Philoctetes(voice)
James Woods - Hades; Lord of the Underworld(voice)
Susan Egan - Meg(voice)
Bobcat Goldthwait - Pain(voice)
Matt Frewer - Panic(voice)
Rip Torn - Zeus(voice)
Samantha Eggar - Hera, Hercules' Mother(voice)
Barbara Barrie - Alcmene; Hercules' Foster Mother(voice)
Hal Holbrook - Amphitryon; Hercules Foster Father(voice)
Paul Shaffer - Hermes; the Messenger God(voice)
Amanda Plummer - The Fates(voice)
Carole Shelley - The Fates(voice)

Taglines: Zero to Hero!

Release Date: 27 June 1997

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $249,567 (USA) (15 June 1997) (1 Screen)

Gross: $146,000,000 (Worldwide) (11 January 1998) (except USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Raoul Bova voiced Hercules in the Italian language version.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Since this film is only an adaptation of the myths it is understandable for there to be quite a bit of artistic license taken with the stories. Any differences between this film and the myths belong in the trivia section of this site.

[first lines]
Narrator: Long ago, in the faraway land of ancient Greece, there was a golden age of powerful gods and extraordinary heroes. And the greatest and strongest of all these heroes was the mighty Hercules. But what is the measure of a true hero? Ah, that is what our story is...
Thalia: Will you listen to him? He's makin' the story sound like some Greek tragedy.
Terpsichore: Lighten up, dude.
Calliope: We'll take it from here, darling.
Narrator: You go, girl.

User Review

Disney's funniest

Rating: 8/10

I'm shocked to see this movie with a rating below 7. As a big Disney fan, I'll go out on a limb and say this is one Disney's top 5. There isn't a Disney movie out there with wit as sharp as this one's with much of it probably lost on the audience guessing by the rating given to this movie.

"Meg" definitely emerges as my all-time favorite female Disney role. Breaking from tradition, her character is not all that lady-like in her biting wit and sarcasm, but it works, serving to make the movie funny and her character lovable despite working with questionable motives.

The set-up and plot is typical for the movie but the script, animation, and music are most original AND good. IF I had to register a complaint, I would say that it's perpetual humor kept the movie from being emotionally wrenching. However, this movie remains one of the most entertaining I've seen. 8.5/10