Hercules, the son of Zeus and Hera, the Greek gods living atop Mount Olympus, is taken as a young child by Pain and Panic, the minions of Hades, who rules the underworld. With his immortality taken away, the young Hercules grows up on Earth as a typical child, except for his unusual strength. Once he reaches adulthood, Hercules, who learns of his true parentage, is determined to regain his immortality by becoming the world’s greatest hero. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching 1997’s “Hercules”.
∙ When Pain and Panic are first shown flying off with baby Hercules, the infant is facing up toward the sky with Panic holding onto his right arm and Pain has his left. It cuts to a closer view as they’re arguing and the baby is facing down toward the ground and Panic is now holding his left arm while Pain has his right.
∙ A young Hercules is racing towards the market while pulling the cart behind him. In the close-up, when his “dad”, Amphitryon, tells him to slow down, Penelope, the donkey, isn’t wearing a sling. But when they finally stop, she’s wearing one on her right front leg.
∙ When Hercules tells Philoctetes that he wants to be a hero, there is a far view of the statue’s head and the door to Philoctetes’ home that’s at the bottom of it is shut. Philoctetes, Hercules and Pegasus are walking towards the door when Philoctetes stops and giver Hercules and skeptical look. Philoctetes keeps walking to the door which is now open and he shuts it when he says, “Sorry, kid, I can’t help you”.
∙ Hercules escapes after being eaten by the Hydra. He drops his sword on the ground which Philoctetes picks up as they’re walking away. But when the Hydra comes back with three heads, Philoctetes yells, “definitely not good” and puts the sword in Hercules’ left hand before he runs away. It cuts to a farther view and Hercules is holding the sword in his right hand.
∙ CAUTION: May Contain Spoilers! After Hercule has had his power zapped by Hades, he’s being beaten by the one-eyed Cyclops monster. The strap over his left shoulder is unhooked when the others find him. It’s still unhooked when Hercules begins to fight back but when the monster falls, the strap is now hooked over his shoulder.
“Hercules” (1997) features the voices of Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, James Woods, Susan Egan, Bobcat Goldthwait, Rip Torn and Hal Holbrook. It runs 93 minutes and is rated G.
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