General Category => Reg Park's films and other classics => Topic started by: Sergio on December 06, 2012, 07:16:43 PM

Title: Steeve Reeves's Hercules
Post by: Sergio on December 06, 2012, 07:16:43 PM
From wikipedia:

Here is a brief review of his filmography.  Many are not Hercules, but sword and sandall films with the same purpouse of entertaintment that show legendary adventures and natural muscles in action.
In 1957, Reeves went to Italy and played the lead character in Pietro Francisci's Hercules, a relatively low-budget epic based loosely on the tales of Jason and the Argonauts, though inserting Hercules into the lead role.[1] The film was a major box-office success, grossing $5m in the United States alone in 1959.[4] Its commercial success led to a 1959 sequel Hercules Unchained.
From 1959 through 1964, Reeves went on to appear in a string of sword and sandal movies shot on relatively small budgets,[1] and although he is best known for his portrayal of Hercules, he played the character only twice: in the 1957 film (released in the USA in 1959) and its 1959 sequel Hercules Unchained (released in the US in 1960). He played a number of other characters on screen, including Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton's Glaucus of Pompeii; Goliath, the bane of the barbarians (actually called "Emiliano" in the Italian version); Tatar hero Hadji Murad; Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome (opposite Gordon Scott as his twin brother Remus); Pheidippides, the famous war-time messenger of the Battle of Marathon; pirate and self-proclaimed governor of Jamaica, Captain Henry Morgan; and Karim, the fabled Thief of Baghdad. Twice he played Aeneas of Troy and twice he played Emilio Salgari's Malaysian hero, Sandokan.

Why des Reeves abandon the films?  It's well know, as you can read:

During the filming of The Last Days of Pompeii, Reeves dislocated his shoulder when his chariot slammed into a tree.[1][2] Swimming in a subsequent underwater escape scene, he re-injured his shoulder. The injury would be aggravated by his stunt work in each successive film, ultimately leading to his retirement from filmmaking and weightlifting.[1]

He die of a lymphoma in the firsts months of the new millenium:
Title: Re: Steeve Reeves's Hercules
Post by: Sergio on December 06, 2012, 07:22:16 PM
I put that pic because is the first film of Hercules and a bodybuilder actor that I saw in my life.  I not remember what film of Hercules it is, but I do remember that it was the first of a collection of films about the Hercules theme.  The second was: Reg Park's Hercules conquers Atlantis.  I remember my father saying to me, only a child then, "Look, He has more muscles that Steve Reeves"  Yes, a lot more.   It was an stupid idea not let Steeve to show all his full muscularity in his films.  His legend would be greater.
Title: Re: Steeve Reeves's Hercules
Post by: Sergio on December 11, 2012, 12:30:39 PM
This is the quality physique that we didn't saw in his films!
Title: Re: Steeve Reeves's Hercules
Post by: Steff on December 14, 2012, 12:20:35 PM
Steve was not a small guy.
He was somthing like half an inch smaller on some measurements
than Reg and that's not being small.
And they weren't small compared with todays natural BB:ers.

Table 2: Measurements of Drug-free Bodybuilders
                    Chest            Biceps             Forearms   Neck                      Quads             Calves
Bodybuilder   actual/pred   actual/pred   actual/pred   actual/pred   actual/pred   actual/pred
George Eiferman47.5 / 47.7   16.7 / 17.1   13.4 / 13.7   16.5 / 16.7   25.0 / 25.4   16.0 / 17.0
Reg Park             NA / 50.5   18.5 / 18.5   NA / 14.8           18.0 / 18.0   26.5 / 26.4   17.5 / 17.7
John Grimek   49.9 / 49.8   18.0 / 18.1   14.5 / 14.5   17.7 / 17.6   25.7 / 26.1   17.3 / 17.5
Jack Delinger   47.5 / 47.9   17.2 / 17.4   13.8 / 13.9   16.8 / 17.0   25.0 / 25.1   16.6 / 16.8
Steve Reeves   49.5 / 49.6   18.0 / 18.0   14.5 / 14.4   17.5 / 17.6   25.5 / 26.1   17.8 / 17.5

Current World Champ. "B"            NA / 44.2    16.0 / 16.2   NA / 12.9          15.5 / 15.7   23.0 / 23.2   16.0 / 15.5
Current National 1st Place "A"   47.3 / 49.6   17.5 / 17.7   NA / 14.2          17.8 / 17.3   25.5 / 26.5   16.5 / 17.7
Current National 1st Place "B"   NA / 46.3           17.2 / 16.9    NA / 13.6    17.0 / 16.5   24.5 / 24.2   15.5 / 16.2

Borrowed this from Casey Butts site: (
Title: Re: Steeve Reeves's Hercules
Post by: Sergio on December 15, 2012, 01:12:51 AM
Good Casey!  (for the table)

Stevee Reeves was a mighty genetic man.  As giften as Reg Park, with the exection that he uses his muscles to make money,  the firsts was the movies, so he reduced his great volume.  Reg also gain money with his muscles, that is not exactly the same  of steve or Arnold.  The use of muscles by Reg Park where the same as the use of muscles of John Grimek.  They like been strong and healthy, and they never compromised these things for gaining more money.  Anyway, Steve was one of the big three and has an aura that even the other two don't have.  Maybe his best nickname would be: The mythe, more than Sergio Oliva.

Title: Re: Steeve Reeves's Hercules
Post by: Sergio on January 16, 2013, 07:12:05 PM
Reeves with Hercules look.
Title: Re: Steeve Reeves's Hercules
Post by: Sergio on August 06, 2013, 12:57:24 AM
more Hercules:
Title: Re: Steeve Reeves's Hercules
Post by: Sergio on August 07, 2013, 04:15:16 PM
One of the most famous photograph of Hercules of all times.
Title: Re: Steeve Reeves's Hercules
Post by: Sergio on January 23, 2014, 01:30:07 PM
I remember this sawing as a child: