Unhappy and frustrated working for Australia's largest cinema chain film buff Brad McBain (David Argue) decides to go it alone and set-up his own old-style cinema the revamped Picture Palace featuring classic old films. The Palace will open with a glitzy Gala Charity Night featuring the mini epic "Hercules Samson Machismo and Ursus are Invincible". But ex-employer the Kent Corporation's egotistical boss Sir Michael Kent (Michael Carman) will stop at nothing to ruin McBain's plans switching the Italian epic with a non-subtitled version. Not to be thwarted McBain his weird projectionist - Sprocket (Bruce Spence) and forceful publicist - Lisa (Mary Coustas) are forced to come up with new dialogue sound effects and story line improvised from the projection booth. The hilarious improvisation has Hercules as a caberet artist who is forced to take on the now wimpy Samson. His true love Labia though seems more entangled with Testiculi. Hearing the audience in an uproar of approval ex-boss Kent is even more determined to destroy Brad and his side-kicks. The action spills out of the projection booth into the cinema and then into the foyer for the final big showdown.
Forget the usual Aussie cringe with this film, it's a beauty!!! So close to what has happened and is happening in the small town scene, and the corporate juggling for supremacy between rival companies, Hercules Returns ticks all the boxes. With some great acting, great sets and a storyline of international standard, the Aussie take on that international film is a whizzer, and so sharp it could cut glass. With memorable performances by Bruce Spence and David Argue, finely tuned by the great Mary Coustas, this is a "must Buy" film for any collector, and is a tribute to our fantastic writers and producers who all "got it right!!"
This movie is a classic Australian comedy. On opening night of a new picture theatre the owners copy of the movie "Hercules" is replaced with a foriegn version by a rival theatre owner. This leaves the staff to dubb the voices of the characters on screen as the movie plays. I have never laughed so much in my laugh, great Ozzie humour with an overwhelming amount of catch phrases to learn. Great fun for the whole family.
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