Hercules Against the Barbarians

Hercules Against the Barbarians (Italian: Maciste nell'inferno di Gengis Khan, lit.'Maciste in Genghis Khan's Hell') is a 1964 Italian peplum film directed by Domenico Paolella.[2][page needed] [3][page needed]

Hercules Against the Barbarians
Directed byDomenico Paolella
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Domenico Paolella
  • Alessandro Ferrau[1]
Music byGiuseppe Piccillo[1]
CinematographyRaffaele Masciochi[1]
Edited byOtello Colangeli[1]
Jonia Film[1]
Release date
  • 16 April 1964 (1964-04-16) (Italy)
Running time
96 minutes[1]

When the Mongols invade Europe, they are defeated at Krakow for the first time after many victories. Kubilai (Ken Clark), the responsible commander, asks his emperor Genghis Khan for a second chance. Kubilai has two ideas how to avoid another defeat. First, he wants to eliminate Maciste (aka Hercules in the American dubbed version), the hero of the Polish people, played by Mark Forest. And then, Kubilai holds a prisoner who reveals an important secret: the princess and future queen of Poland lives in a village under false identity. The Mongols want to capture her, but of course, Maciste is a guardian to any maiden in distress...



Hercules Against the Barbarians was released in Italy on 16 April 1964.[1]


Film critic Howard Hughes objected a lack of "logic and history".[4][page needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 81.
  2. ^ Poppi
  3. ^ Giordano
  4. ^ Hughes


  • Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 978-1476662916.
  • Poppi, Roberto; Lancia, Enrico; Pecorari, Mario (1992). Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film. Rome: Gremese Editore. ISBN 8876055932.
  • Giordano, Michele (1998). Giganti buoni. Rome: Gremese Editore. ISBN 8877421835.
  • Hughes, Howard (2011). Cinema Italiano - The Complete Guide From Classics To Cult. London - New York: I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84885-608-0.

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