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The Three Stooges Meet Hercules
The Three Stooges Meet Hercules
Actors: Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Joe Derita, Vicki Trickett, Quinn K. Redeker
Director: Edward Bernds
Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2005     1hr 29min

The Three Stooges hop in a time machine and are transported to the era of the Roman Legion in Greece. Dressed in sandals and togas, they are trapped on a galley ship, battle cyclops, and wind up in a madcap chariot ch...  more »

     
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Actors: Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Joe Derita, Vicki Trickett, Quinn K. Redeker
Director: Edward Bernds
Creators: Scotty Welbourne, Edwin H. Bryant, Norman Maurer, Elwood Ullman
Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Classic Comedies, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Black and White,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/28/2005
Original Release Date: 02/15/1962
Theatrical Release Date: 02/15/1962
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Black and White,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

The Best of the Stooges features
Peter Ingemi | Worcester County, Massachusetts United States | 07/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is the best of all of the stooges movies made in the late 50's and early 60's. Of all of them it captures the spirit of the classic shorts which made them them one of the longest lasting and most consistant moneymakers (at least for their studios) in the comedy business.The plot is simple the boys aid a geek trying to build a time machine while keeping the villian away from his girl. The result is a trip to ancient Greece, a meeting with the legendary Hercules and the changing of the Geek to a man. Pure unadultruated fun. a real winner."
It's about time...
Ronald L. Cohen | Brooklyn, NY United States | 05/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the one Three Stooge feature film the 1960's with Joe DeRita that I have been waiting for. "Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze" is a close second. This film proved that the Stooges comedy could be maintained in a feature film, the one thing Moe and Larry wanted after the 25 years of making short features. And it was an excellent film, especially after the abominable "Snow White and the Three Stooges". The only drawback, like the other Stooges features, is that there are no special features. (Since this would have deducted a half a star, and this was not a choice, I left my rating at a 5.)"
Probably their best feature
Anyechka | Rensselaer, NY United States | 10/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Not that it's saying much, considering the type of material they were given to work with in the DeRita era, but this is probably the best starring feature they did. Most of the DeRita features have very weak scripts and really embarrassing cringe-worthy childish storylines, something that generally only children and nostalgic aging Boomers actually like, but there are a handful of them that have pretty good scripts and supporting casts, such as this one. It was also directed by the wonderful Ed Bernds, which might account for the surprisingly positive change in direction, going from bad kiddy fare to a movie that, while not nearly at the same level as classics like 'Hoi Polloi' or 'Brideless Groom,' can still be watched multiple times and be enjoyed by non-Boomers and people over the age of ten. Under Bernds's direction, they look and act decades younger! Sure there are some moments (like the scene with the hokey-looking Cyclops) that do seem geared to the kiddy matinee audience, but overall it's something that flows along seamlessly, a great plot that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It doesn't even have the same dated quality as 'The Outlaws Is Coming!,' their other best DeRita feature, making it even stronger. Even DeRita isn't as teeth-gratingly annoying as he usually is; he's tolerable so long as he stays in the background and is taken in small doses. This picture also has their longtime supporting player Emil Sitka, which is always a good thing; another supporting player I really enjoyed was Samson Burke as Hercules. He was so hilariously hammy! And though there isn't that much slapstick in here (due to all of the parents who thought their kids would imitate their violent antics), it does feature in more than usual, complete with sound effects. Probably the only thing I can find to really find fault with here is how Moe does a number of Curlyisms. It's as embarrassing and cringe-worthy as it always is when he tries to imitate his (by that time deceased) baby brother's trademark noises and mannerisms.

The only extra besides basics like scene selection is a self-congratulatory preview for the colorised DVDs that Columbia had released around this time. Why wasn't an actual trailer for this movie included in lieu of that? Although this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, given how no-frills their other Stooge DVDs are, barely any hint that they're DVDs and not video cassettes. Overall, it's one of the few DeRita features I would recommend instead of urging people to steer well clear of."
Great for all ages
MoeHailstone | NY State, USA | 06/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film was made at the height of the Stooges popularity in the late 50s and early 60s. It grossed about two million dollars at the box office, exceeding expectations, and landed the Stooges a three-picture deal. Those three would turn out to be Three Stooges in Orbit, Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze, and Outlaws is Coming. Two million gross at the box office is pathetic these days, but it was substantial 43 years ago.

People already know the premise of this film. It's repeated several times on this page. But this is the type of film anyone with an appreciation of comedy would like. Be it a five year old or a 75 year old. It's just a fun, quick-paced, and clean film. I'm a Stooges fan, and this is one of my favorite things they ever did, including their short films.

This flick is the best place for anyone to start in the DeRita era, which tends to be frowned upon by many Stooge fans, but I liked DeRita. He was a good actor.

5 stars for the movie, but until proven otherwise, the actual DVD will get a 1 or a 2. These pictures were filmed in the 1:66 to 1 aspect ratio, but Columbia has typically released with in 1:85 to 1. This crops the picture somewhat, but the average fan won't notice. I don't even think it's all that noticible, you you wish they release it how it was filmed to be released."