At last--see Steve Reeves without the beard!
Movie Lover: the Jax
-- August, 8, 2004
Sword 'n sandal fans will want this DVD to complete their collections, despite the lack of monsters, magic, and acting.
Fan favorite Steve "Hercules" Reeves is the Olympic champion and respected soldier Phillipedes (no, he's not a giant). He's the first to admit the gods blessed him with physical abilities, not mental. Torn between two women, the big guy decides to leave the city and forget them both. Bad timing; only Philippedes can rally Athens and Sparta against the invading Persian army.
Lots of exciting, well-shot battle stuff happens in the last 20 minutes, bearing the mark of cinematographer Mario Bava. It's only this last portion that I'll really watch again.