Hercules in the Underworld

Synopsis: Hercules is finally a happy family man with his wife Deianeira, two young sons Aeson and Clonus, daughter Ilea and in-living centaur Nessus. When a trickster lures men to fight -using a fake- Eryx the Boxer, they are slain, so Hercules is called and slays the giant, but to Zeus' disappointment loses his temper when Hera shows by a peacock feather to be behind it again, and wrecks her temple. Nessus grumbles he's tired of the Herc-idolatry. The next call for help is made by Iole, from a city where people are killed by the fume from an entrance to the underworld which opened the earth there. He goes, but when an old woman recognizes the pendant the messenger gave Deianeira, saying it proves she belongs to maidens trained so well in the art of seduction they can get any man in their power, she finally believes jealous Nessus' warnings not to trust her with Hercules; they catch up with him, but he convinces her to trust him, then Nessus tries to rape her and dies cursing Hera's failure to
Director(s): Bill Norton
Production: Renaissance Pictures
90 min

Thie is the story

of a time long ago.

A time of myth and legend,

when the earth

was still young.

The ancient gods

were petty and cruel,

and they played mankind

for their sport.


Plaguing them with suffering,

besieging them with terrors.

( laughing )

For centuries, the people

had nowhere to turn,

no one to look to for help.

Until... he arrived.

He was man

like no other.

Born of a beautiful

mortal woman,

but fathered by Zeus,

king of the gods.

Hercules possessed strength

the world had never seen,

a strength surpassed

only by the power of his heart.

But everywhere he went he was

tormented by his stepmother,

Hera, the all-powerful

queen of the gods.

Hera's eternal obsession

was to destroy Hercules,

for he was the constant

living reminder of Zeus' infidelity.

No matter the obstacle,

as long as there were people

crying for help,

there was one man

who would never rest:


( Dogs Barking )

( Faint Rumbling )

( Rumbling Increases )

( Sighing, Hissing,

Roaring Sounds )

# And the maidens #

# Will cry #

# To each other #

- Ah, Median.

- Mmm.

This time I'm gonna do it.

I'm really gonna do it.

Don't do it on my boots.

They cost me five dinar.

Ahh. No, you idiot.

I'm gonna talk to her, to Critisa.

Yeah. You always say that.

All you ever end up doing is pouring

more wine down your throat.

Well, this time is different.

There's her house.

I'm gonna go up to her window.

And when she comes out

to see who it is,

I'm gonna tell her I love her.

You're crazy.

What if that isn't Critisa's window?

Why, then I'll pledge my love

to her sister...

and hope that she's pretty.

( Rumbling, Distant Outcry )

Median, stop.

- Lover boy chickens out again, huh?

- Ah, no. Look!

( Growling )


Stay here.

- ( Growling Continues )

- Ledus?

( Rumbling, Outcries )

( Coughing )

( Choking )

- Ledus!

- ( Coughing Continues )

Ledus! Come on!

- We gotta get outta here!

- ( Loud Roaring )

( Both Screaming )

( Growling )

( People Chattering )

It's near the fresh cheese.

Oh, come, come.

Who are these men?

What do they bring

to your tiny town?

Is it entertainment ?

Is it opportunity?

Perhaps it is the chance

to win a prize.

Well, ladies and gents,

we've brought you all three!

If you wish-- No.

If you dare,

take a chance and step

into the ring...

with Eryx the Boxer !

- ( Puffing Rhythnically )

- ( Onlooker Laughs )

Hey, how much do we win

if we beat him?

Ah, that depends

on what you'll put up.

I'll pay you three times whatever

you're willing to wager.

I've got two dinar that says I'll beat you

Eryx the Boxer. - I've got three.

- Five.

- Well, step into the ring, brave friend.

- ( Boxer Puffing )

- But I warn you,

Eryx the Boxer has never been beaten.

That's because he's never faced

any of us. ( Chuckles )

Not so fast, friend.

You paid to fight Eryx the Boxer.

- ( Fighter Puffing )

- I thought this is Eryx the Boxer.

No, no, no.

This is Eryx the Boxer.

Who? I don't see--

( Onlookers Gasping,

Exclaining )

Wait. You tricked me.

This isn't fair.

( Growls )

I thought the other guy was--

( Bone Breaking )

Who's next?

You cheating bastard!

Sestus was my friend!

Well, come on! Come on.

No! Don't do it.

( Bone Breaking, Flesh Ripping )

( Laughing )

Quick. Go get Hercules.

We need help.

( Dog Barking )

( Children Chattering )

- I am not!

- I'm gonna get this time.

I'm gonna get it

this time.

- ( Lion Growling )

- There he is! There he is!

( Boys Yelling, Lion Growling )

- ( Barking )

- ( Growling, Yelling Continue )

Kill the Lion! It got me!

Kill him! Kill him!

- ( Thud )

- ( Grunts )

Kill it! Yeah!

- Daddy?

- ( Roars )

( Laughs )

That was fun!

I didn't I scare us.

Can we do it again?

- ( Laughing )

Hercules! Hercules!


We need you!

( Laughing )

- Who's next?

- MAN:
Not I, sir.

What about you? Or you? Huh?

What about you?

- What about me?

- It's about time.

It was me you wanted, you didn't have

to kill all these innocent men.

I had to find some way

to amuse myself.

- You hard look like the strongest man in

the world. - Sorry to let you down.

It doesn't matter. Your days are over!

Then let's stop talking

and start fighting.

( Grunts )

Son, you should have seen

that last one coming!

Put your left up and jab!

Jab! Come on!

( Punches Landing, Grunts )

- That your boy?

- No, no, I'm just a spectator.

Come on! Pump one, left!

( Bone Creaking )

Oh, now he's got him.

Now he's got him!

- Ooh!

- He won't keep his left up.

- Enough games, Hercules.

- I agree. Let's finish this.

Ohh, watch. Watch, watch.

Come on, Hercules!

- You a fighter?

- Me a fighter? No, I just--

- I just fight with the devil sometimes!

- ( Laughs )

Right. Right!

Oh, he's going better, eh?


( Yelling )

You won, Hercules.

You're entitled to a prize.

- I don't want any prize from you.

- But this is special.

It was pricked out just for you.

( Coins Clinking )

Hera, I thought we were through

with these games of yours.

I don't want to battle

with you any longer.

What do you say to a truce?

( Thunderclap )

Fine. If that's how you want it, we

can always go back to the way it was.

You were doing so well, my son.

- Why did you let it end like that?

- She's lucky that's all I did!

- It'll only make her angrier.

- If you hadn't been unfaithful, she wouldn't be so mad.

( Chuckles ) And you wouldn't

have been born.

It doesn't make my life easier,

living under a curse.

Curse? You've got

a warm bed to sleep in,

a lovely wife, beautiful children.

That's more then most men have.

That's more than I'll ever have.

You should realize how--

how lucky you are!

Yeah, I do.

Although I don't call it luck.

I've had to fight for what I have.

You'll have to work twice as hard

to keep it. But it's worth it.

And you know it.

It's worth it.

You know, you ought to

come and visit sometime.

- I'll try. Promise.

- Okay.

Hey! You were great today.

But don't forget to jab,

jab a little more, and duck!

Don't forget to duck now

and then ( Chuckles )

I should have known Eryx was

another one of Hera's tricks.

What difference would it have made?

You would have gone anyway.

- That's who you are. People call for help--

- And I always go. I know.

- Yes. - I can't stand to see the gods

play with people's lives,

anybody's lives.

I know that,

and I love that about you.

You got this from that great lion.

What would the people of Nemea

have done if you hadn't killed it for them?

And the Hydra that tormented

the Lernaeans?

What would have happened if you

hadn't have come to their aid?

And Tiphys.


Think of all the suffering he

caused until you stopped him.

And do I have to remind you

what happened in Saenia?

( Chickens Clucking,

Goats Bleating )

( Metal Clinking Steadily )

Nessus, what an I doing wrong?

Be patient, Hercules. You can't

just bully iron into shape.

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Christian Williams

Christian Williams is an American journalist, television writer and yachtsman. A former Washington Post editor during the Watergate era, he later created two television dramas and is the author of two books including the Ted Turner biography “Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way." more…

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