Hercules Quotes: Switch Off the Brain(Total Quotes: 65)
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Steve Moore (Radical comic “Hercules”)
Dwayne Johnson – Hercules
Ian McShane – Amphiaraus
John Hurt – Lord Cotys
Rufus Sewell – Autolycus
Aksel Hennie – Tydeus
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal – Atalanta
Reece Ritchie – Iolaus
Joseph Fiennes – King Eurystheus
Tobias Santelmann – Rhesus
Peter Mullan – Sitacles
Rebecca Ferguson – Ergenia
Isaac Andrews – Arius
Joe Anderson – Phineas
Stephen Peacocke – Stephanos
Nicholas Moss – Demetrius
Robert Whitelock – Nicolaus
Irina Shayk – Megara
OUR REVIEW & RATING ★★½
This new version of Hercules, which is loosely based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously and this is very much reflected in its quotes. The simplistic narrative follows Hercules working as a mercenary, who along with his five faithful companions travel ancient Greece selling their services for gold. However, things get complicated for Hercules when the ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek his help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord.
With a part that clearly Dwayne Johnson was made for, Brett Ratner’s Hercules could have easily been the best of all and the one we should have deserved to have seen, but sadly the thin predictable content of the movie just makes this version like another breezy action adventure with the usual cheesy one-liners. There’s certainly plenty of action and Johnson does a commendable job of carrying the movie as the disillusioned hero, but with the exception of McShane, the rest of the cast are stuck with portraying two-dimensional stock characters.
Verdict: Predictable action adventure with clichéd dialogue, but it’s not all bad as it’s fast-paced and helped by the fact that it’s unpretentious. You’ll enjoy it more if you go into with your brain switch off.
[first lines; on a stormy night, we see Hercules being born]
Iolaus: [voice over] You think you know the truth about him? You know nothing. His father was Zeus. The Zeus. King of the gods. His mother, Alcmene, a mortal woman. Together, they had a boy. Half human, half God. But Zeus’ queen, Hera, saw this bastard child as an insult, a living reminder of her husband’s infidelity. Alcmene named the boy Hercules, which means “glory of Hera,” but this failed to appease the goddess. She wanted him dead.
[one night as Alcmene puts young Hercules down to sleep, suddenly two serpents emerge from the eyes of a Hera statue in the room and slither their way to Hercules, but he snaps their necks]
Iolaus: [voice over] Luckily, he took after his father.
[we see an adult Hercules treads through a swamp in the middle of the night]
Iolaus: [voice over] Once he reached manhood, the gods commanded him to perform Twelve Labors, twelve dangerous missions. If he completed them all and survived, Hera agreed to finally let him live in peace.
[suddenly the Lernaean Hydra emerges from the swamp in front of Hercules]
Iolaus: [voice over] He fought the Lernaean Hydra!
[Hercules slices off their heads one by one; next we see Hercules running through the wintry woods]
Iolaus: [voice over] He battled the Erymanthean Boar!
[Hercules takes down the boar with his club]
Iolaus: [voice over] But his greatest labor was the Nemean Lion.
[we see Hercules in a cave, the lion’s hiding place who Hercules suddenly comes face to face with]
Iolaus: [voice over] This was no ordinary beast. It had a hide so tough, no weapon could penetrate it.
[Hercules shoots an arrow at the lion but the arrow doesn’t penetrate and the lion jumps to attack Hercules]
Iolaus: [voice over] But even this monster was no match for the son of Zeus.
[as the lion goes to attack, Hercules grabs its jaws and snaps it in half]
[Macedonian Coast, Northern Greece, 358 BC]
Gryza: What a load of crap!
[we see Iolaus, Hercules’ nephew, tied up and hanging over a wooden pike right below his groin]
Iolaus: Every word is true.
Gryza: You know what I think? This friend of yours doesn’t even exist.
[the other men laugh]
Iolaus: Laugh all you want. He’s coming, and be warned, Gryza, he despises pirates.
Macedonia has been good to us. Plenty of villages ripe for pillaging. We are here to stay.
[to one of his men]
Gryza: Finish him.
[the pirate starts to burn the rope that holds Iolaus]
Gryza’s Pirate: The more you struggle, the faster you drop.
Iolaus: Indeed, your fleet is strong. But…
[just then Iolaus sees a massive shadow behind them, Iolaus smiles]
Iolaus: Yet, as I was about to explain before I was so rudely interrupted. The Nemean Lion was strong, too. Yet, he still destroyed it. And not with a sword or a spear or arrows. No!
[suddenly Hercules appears wearing the skin of the Nemean Lion on his head]
Hercules: I did it with my bare hands! Or so they say.
Hercules: Is this all the men you have?
Gryza: There’s forty of us, one of you!
Hercules: The king of this land has offered me gold to dispose of you. So leave, or die. I get paid either way.
[to his men]
Gryza: Make him bleed.
[five men charge towards Hercules and he knocks them all down with a single blow]
Iolaus: Five men with a single blow! Still think you can destroy the son of Zeus?
Gryza: Bring me his head!
[the rest of Gryza’s men start charging]
Hercules: Seems they need more convincing, Autolycus.
Autolycus: That’s why we’re here.
[Autolycus throws his knives at some of the men killing them]
[Atlanta starts killing them with her arrow]
[Amphiaraus kills one of the pirates with his spear]
Amphiaraus: May Zeus forgive you.
[Tydeus jumps down and takes out more men with his axe, then together they take down the pirates one by one]
[Gryza hears Hercules killing all his men]
Gryza’s Pirate: Die, Hercules!
[suddenly there’s silence and one of Gryza’s pirates appears making Gryza think he’s killed Hercules]
Gryza: Ah, good man.
[suddenly the man collapses revealing Hercules standing behind him, just then Iolaus ropes begin to burn off and gets closer to falling onto the pike]
Iolaus: Hurry! Hurry! Uncle! Uncle, hurry! Hurry! Hurry!
[Hercules walks over to Iolaus and pushes him to safety before he falls onto the pike]
Iolaus: Any longer, Uncle…
Hercules: And the girls would finally be safe from your attentions.
[Hercules smiles at Iolaus then turns to the rest of the pirates]
Hercules: The rest of you may go.
[pointing to Gryza]
Hercules: But not you.
[suddenly Hercules takes one powerful swing of his club at Gryza]
[Autolycus counts the dead bodies of the pirates they’ve just killed]
Autolycus: Thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen…
Atalanta: That was fun.
Autolycus: …eighteen, nineteen, twenty. Twenty pirates at two gold pieces a head, minus the headless ones. Let’s see.
Hercules: Not a bad night.
Iolaus: You see how the pirates ran? My story softened their resolve.
Autolycus: Their resolve must be broken, Iolaus. When you spread the legend of Hercules, make it bigger, scarier. The more they believe Hercules is truly the son of Zeus, the less likely
they are to fight.
[just then Amphiaraus makes the fire they’re seating in front rise by dropping herbs into it]
Hercules: Care to join us here on earth?
Amphiaraus: A lion and a crow in strange alliance, fighting across a sea of corpses.
[Amphiaraus puts more herbs into the fire making it rise again]
Autolycus: If you’re going to use those herbs, Amphiaraus, at least share.
[the others laugh at Amphiaraus]
[Hercules and his comrades are in a tavern eating and drinking, Atalanta is playing a game with another man holding their hand over fire to see who can keep it there longest]
Man at Tavern: Hold it! Hold it! Hold it! Hold it! Fight it!
[suddenly the other man take his hand away, no longer able to keep his hand over the fire]
Atalanta: Keep practicing, boys! So who’s next? You? You?
[sat at table Hercules empties their bag of gold payment onto the table]
Autolycus: That’s a pretty sight.
Hercules: One more payday, Autolycus, that’s all we need.
Autolycus: Then we get to live like the kings we’ve served.
Hercules: Or live simply.
Autolycus: You still dreaming of barbarian lands?
Hercules: Beyond the Aegean, at the shores of the black sea. That is where I will live out the rest of my days in solitude.
Autolycus: Boring, if you ask me.
Hercules: Maybe so, Autolycus. But I’ll never find peace unless I move as far away as possible.
Autolycus: What of Tydeus? Without you to temper his rage, I fear what he may become.
Hercules: Tydeus will go with me. Civilization has become too civilized for us.
Iolaus: Uncle! Join us, the girls are eager to welcome you.
[Hercules looks at Autolycus he waves his hand in refusal, Hercules then joins Iolaus as he takes them to meet two women]
Iolaus: See? I told you I knew Hercules.
Vixen #1: Are you his servant?
Iolaus: I’m his nephew.
Vixen #2: Are you, really?
Iolaus: I tell of Hercules’ Twelve Labors, like the Nemean Lion, the Apples of the Hesperides, the Belt of Hippolyta with its buxom naked Amazons and exciting bondage. I immortalize him…
[just then Autolycus interrupts him]
Autolycus: He talks, while the rest of us fight. It is a wonder you share the same blood as Hercules.
[the two women laugh; to Iolaus]
Hercules: Have fun.
[Hercules starts walking off]
[Hercules joins Tydeus at his table]
[a woman named Ergenia enters the Tavern, as she goes to approach Hercules Atalanta stops her]
Atalanta: What do you want with Hercules?
Ergenia: My words are for him, not you.
Hercules: Atalanta, it’s alright.
[Atalanta steps aside and Ergenia goes over to Hercules]
Ergenia: You certainly are a hard man to find.
Hercules: Maybe I don’t want anyone to find me.
Ergenia: Well I’m not just anyone. My name is Ergenia, daughter to Lord Cotys.
Hercules: Your father is most fortunate to have such a beautiful heir.
Ergenia: My father is most unfortunate. He battles a warlord, Rhesus. Our land is torn by civil war. Every day villages are destroyed, crops ruined, innocents slaughtered.
Hercules: We all have problems.
Ergenia: Well, perhaps I can convince you to make our problems your own.
Autolycus: Unfortunately, my lady, Hercules is fully committed till the Feast of Dionysus. We could, however, advance you to the front of the line, for the right price.
Ergenia: Hm. I thought heroes fight for glory.
Hercules: But mercenaries fight for gold.
Ergenia: Lord Cotys is a rich man.
Autolycus: I like him already.
Ergenia: If you agree to aid him, he will pay your weight in gold.
[Autolycus pushes a plate of food towards Hercules]
Autolycus: Eat up.
[Iolaus sees Hercules’ Nemean Lion head and a crow carved on a shield near them and remembers Amphiaraus earlier words]
Iolaus: “A lion and crow in strange alliance.”
Amphiaraus: Told you.
[Hercules considers Ergenia’s proposal for a moment]
Hercules: Where are we going?
[he smiles at Ergenia]
[Hercules, his comrades and Ergenia travel to Thrace, Eastern Greece]
Ergenia’s Maiden: It is good to see you safe, my lady.
[Ergenia walks over to General Sitacles]
Sitacles: This war claims more victims every day. We were concerned, my lady.
Ergenia: Thank you, General Sitacles.
[referring to Hercules standing next to her]
Ergenia: I was well protected.
Sitacles: Ah. The mighty Hercules. An honor. Though not quite as big an honor as I expected.
Ergenia: General, go tell my father Hercules is here.
[referring to the large statue of Hera]
Iolaus: Hera. Impressive.
Ergenia: It’s meant to be. It took five years and a thousand men to build her temple. Hera is the patron goddess of Thrace. Everyone knows the legend, how Hera seeks to destroy Hercules. Perhaps the right cause might finally reconcile you.
[Ergenia’s son, Arius, runs over to her with excitement]
[Ergenia embraces Arius before he goes over to Hercules]
Arius: You’re Hercules.
Hercules: That’s right.
Arius: My name is Arius. I know all your labors by heart. You killed the giant Geryon with a single blow, cleaned the Augean stables in one night…
Ergenia: Hercules is probably tired.
Arius: And the Labor of the Hide, and the Labor of the Mares.
Ergenia: That’s enough, Arius. Come along.
[Hercules chuckles as Ergenia walks Arius away]
Ergenia: Stay away from him. Men who deal in violence attract violence.
Arius: But he’s Hercules. He’s no mere mortal, he’s the greatest!
Sitacles: Lord Cotys will see you now.
[Hercules and his comrades walk over to Sitacles]
Sitacles: Have you ever met royalty, Hercules?
Hercules: Once or twice.
[Hercules recalls three years earlier at the palace of King Eurystheus, Athens, as Hercules is brings the heads of the Hydra, he is reunited with his wife Megara and children]
Hercules’ Sons: Father!
[his two sons and Megara embrace him]
Megara: Welcome home, my love.
[the crowd at the palace applaud Hercules]
King Eurystheus: Hercules!
[later he meets with Eurystheus]
Hercules: Whenever I’m here, I imagine this is what Elysium must look like.
King Eurystheus: Well, men like us have the means to create our own paradise on earth.
[pointing to a peacock]
King Eurystheus: Look. Magnificent, aren’t they? Well, do not keep us in suspense. Are we safe from the monster Hydra?
[Hercules drops the bag and opens it to reveal the heads of the Hydra]
Hercules: The Hydra’s heads, your majesty.
[Eurystheus looks at the head more closely and sees it’s the head of man with a mask on his head]
King Eurystheus: The masks of serpents. No wonder men thought they were monsters. You’ve done your sovereign a great service. Come, let the people have their hero.
Announcer: All hail King Eurystheus. And the mighty protector of Athens, Hercules!
[the crowd cheers]
Crowd: Hercules! Hercules! Hercules!
King Eurystheus: A man faced with such adoration might be tempted to think himself a God.
Hercules: I only want to be a husband and a father.
[as the crowd cheers Hercules turns and looks at is wife and three children, then suddenly he has a vision of his family screaming, and the walls covered in blood]
Sitacles: Lord Cotys awaits.
[Sitacles takes Hercules and his comrades to Cotys]
Lord Cotys: Hercules. Welcome. An honor to host such a legend.
Hercules: Lord Cotys.
[Cotys notices Hercules’ comrades standing behind him]
Lord Cotys: But in legend you fight alone.
Hercules: My reputation would not exist without my comrades.
[he introduces each of them]
Hercules: Autolycus of Sparta. Tydeus of Thebes. Atalanta of Scythia. Iolaus of Athens. And Amphiaraus of Argos.
Lord Cotys: Amphiaraus? The famed seer of Argos.
[Cotys walks over to Amphiaraus]
Lord Cotys: It is said you have glimpsed your own death, so you fight each battle knowing that it is not yet your time to die. What else can you tell of the future?
Amphiaraus: Only what the gods see fit to reveal.
Lord Cotys: A shame. It would have been a great gift to know the outcome of this war.
Amphiaraus: The gods can be frustrating sometimes, Lord Cotys.
[Cotys laughs, he then walks over to Atalanta]
Lord Cotys: With respect, I fear that the task ahead might not be suitable for a woman, even if she is an Amazon warrior.
[suddenly Atalanta turns and proves him wrong by shooting two arrows at the helmets of two guards, making them stick to the door behind them, Cotys turns to her and holds up his hands]
Lord Cotys: I stand corrected.
[later that night as they are dining with Cotys and his men]
Lord Cotys: When the kings of yesteryear built this citadel, it was intended as the high seat of all Thrace. But now Thrace is divided.
Sitacles: This war has depleted our forces, we’re left with nothing but farmers and merchants to replenish our army.
Lord Cotys: It takes every one of us to resist Rhesus. People think that he cannot be killed by an ordinary mortal. Only by a God.
Sitacles: Rhesus is a sorcerer. His magic words confuse men, bend them to his will. He leads an army of monsters; half horse, half human.
Atalanta: You’ve actually seen them?
Sitacles: They have been seen.
Come, Hercules. Let me show you what misery Rhesus has brought us.
[Cotys and Ergenia show Hercules the refugee camps]
Lord Cotys: Every week, more refugees arrive seeking my protection, most of them covered in blood, crippled or burnt by Rhesus’ men. I feared nothing could ever be good again, till you arrived.
Hercules: I’m just a mercenary fighting for gold.
Lord Cotys: How we view ourselves is of little consequence. How others perceive us is important. And your name, like it or not, is a rallying cry.
Ergenia: I have seen too much reality to trust in legends, and I am not alone. Nobody has any faith anymore. The people need a hero, they need someone to look up to. My son believes in you. Bring us peace, and I will believe in you, too.
[Hercules meets with his comrades]
Hercules: I’m convinced these are good people.
Autolycus: I see. And who’s more convincing, Cotys or his daughter?
Atalanta: All the gold on earth is not as convincing as a pair of breasts.
Autolycus: Maybe, but gold never ages.
Hercules: Which is why I got them to double our price.
Autolycus: Double your weight in gold? Well done.
Amphiaraus: If it be the will of Zeus.
Iolaus: Which title sounds more terrifying to our enemies? “Hercules: Savior of Thrace”, or “Hercules: A legend is Born?”
Autolycus: Both sound terrifyingly boring.
Atalanta: What are we supposed to do with an army of farmers?
Hercules: Train them.
Amphiaraus: Oh, shit.
[the next day Hercules begins training Cotys’ soldiers]
Hercules: In war, there is one thing more important than killing: surviving. My companions and I will show you how to stay alive, so that you may return home to your farms someday.
[he turns to Autolycus]
Autolycus: Shield wall! Form!
[the soldiers huddle in close together holding their shields in front of them, suddenly Tydeus charges at them and easily knocks then down]
Hercules: Corpses! Every last one of you! Because your shield wall was weak. Dead. Dead. Very dead.
[one of the soldier smiles at Hercules]
Hercules: Soldier, many lives depend on you. When attacked, lock your feet in the ground. You understand?
Soldier: Yes, sir.
Hercules: When a shield wall is strong, nothing can ever defeat it! You must learn to work together, react together. When you do, each individual will become a link in a chain that will be stronger than iron.
Autolycus: I hope the enemy has a sense of humor.
[to the soldiers]
Autolycus: Right! Today’s lesson, how not to stab yourselves!
[to Cotys; Hercules enters Cotys’ chamber as he is meeting with his scouts]
Phineas: It is imperative that we strike now, my lord, given this opportunity.
Lord Cotys: Ah! There you are! Hercules, my scouts have brought news. Rhesus is on the move.
Phineas: Archers who shoot lightning from their bows. And infantry of four thousand strong men, their minds bewitched. Demons march with them.
Hercules: So now we’re fighting demons.
Phineas: No stranger than the monsters I hear you faced, Hercules. My lord, Rhesus is preparing to attack Bessi lands. He will be on them within six days.
Lord Cotys: If the Bessi fall, we’re next. Unless we intercept him.
Hercules: Your men need weeks, if not months, of training before they’re ready.
Lord Cotys: The Bessi are a fierce but primitive tribe. If we do not protect them, then there will be a bloodbath.
Hercules: Face Rhesus with an untrained army and you risk losing far more than a single battle.
Phineas: My lord, Rhesus is coming. I vouch my life on it.
Lord Cotys: The longer Rhesus lives, the more villages will be burnt and the more innocents will be killed.
[turning to Sitacles]
Lord Cotys: Assemble your men, we march tomorrow.
[Sitacles and Phineas leave the room]
Lord Cotys: Hercules, the gods have offered us a gift. We must not squander it.
Hercules: Are your gods going to be fighting with us?
Lord Cotys: No. The son of Zeus will.
[later that night Sitacles watches Atalanta as she sharpens her sword]
Sitacles: I’ve seen how you watch over Hercules. Tell me, how did a woman, beautiful woman, fall in with these hardened men? Killers? Son of Zeus need a woman’s protection?
Atalanta: Oh, I don’t protect him. I protect you from him.
[Sitacles touches her face]
[Atalanta pushes his hand away, suddenly Sitacles points his knife under her throat but Atalanta quickly shoves the knife back under his neck, Hercules walks over to them]
Hercules: General, from now on, maybe you should favor the company of your men.
[Sitacles walks off]
Hercules: He pulled a knife?
Atalanta: It was only a small prick.
[Arius wanders around in the night when he hears a snarling noise, he looks in the darkness and suddenly Tydeus lunges at him, Arius runs off in fear screaming when he is caught by Hercules]
Hercules: Your mother told you to stay away. You should listen.
Arius: What’s wrong with him?
Hercules: Tydeus is my most loyal warrior. He was born in war. When I found him, he was more animal than human. He never speaks of what he saw, he never speaks at all. But he relives it every night. Come, let’s find your mother.
[Hercules leads Arius away]
Arius: When I grow up, I want to be a great hero, like you.
Hercules: Like me?
Arius: No hero is greater than Hercules. I know all your labors. Like the Cretan Bull, you wrestled it for seven days and seven nights.
Hercules: Uh…that’s a bit exaggerated.
Arius: And struck it forty-nine times with your club.
Hercules: Maybe not quite that many.
Arius: Until it fell dead and Crete was saved. It’s my favorite labor. Also Queen Hippolyta’s Belt, with its buxom Amazons and exciting bondage.
Hercules: Do you even know what that means?
[Hercules takes Arius to Ergenia who is at the hospice tending to the refugee’s wounds]
Ergenia: Arius. You’re supposed to be in bed.
Hercules: Why are you in the hospice?
Arius: My mother saves people’s lives.
Ergenia: Many of our physicians were killed during battle. So, out of necessity, I taught myself the art of healing.
Arius: If I could be like you, I would protect all of Thrace and no one would ever get hurt.
[Hercules smiles at him and then takes off the tooth of the Nemean Lion hanging around his neck and offers it to Arius]
Hercules: Here. I was going to give this to someone else, but I never got the chance. Only a hero may wear this. But to become a hero, you must grow strong.
[he puts the tooth around Arius’s neck]
Arius: Is this the Nemean Lion’s tooth?
Hercules: It is.
Arius: Thank you!
Ergenia: Thank you.
Hercules: Good night.
Ergenia: Good night, Hercules.
[Hercules turns and walks off]
[addressing the soldiers]
Amphiaraus: Have no fear. If you fall in the service of a just cause, your souls will go to Elysium, where they will dwell forever among the shades of heroes, like Theseus.
Amphiaraus: And the great Achilles.
Autolycus: Or if you’re lucky, you’ll go to Hades, where all the fun people are.
[as Hercules walks among the soldiers he notices Iolaus among them dressed in their gear and holding up a shield, Hercules pulls him out of the line]
Hercules: Iolaus. Your place is beside Lord Cotys, where it’s safe.
Iolaus: I’ve been giving it a lot of thought, and I really feel I’m ready to fight.
Hercules: You’re a storyteller, not a warrior.
Iolaus: We share the same blood.
Hercules: And I will not see it shed. Chariot. Now.
[Iolaus scoffs at Hercules and goes over to the chariot]
[addressing the soldiers]
Hercules: Thracians, the shield wall is your home, your shelter. When you sleep, the wall is your blanket. When you fight, the wall is your armor. The shield wall will never break formation as long as there is breath in your body. Remember these words, and you will taste victory.
Lord Cotys: Move the army out!
Soldier: Move out!
[Hercules starts leading the soldiers to the Bessi Heartland, Central Thrace, then Hercules stops them as he notices something in the fog ahead of them]
Soldier #1: Halt!
Soldier #2: Halt!
Soldier #3: Halt!
[they walk closer and find dead bodies sprawled everywhere, including young children, and the heads of men mounted on spikes]
Lord Cotys: We are too late. Rhesus has already been here.
[to the soldiers]
Hercules: Leave the chariots. We’ll go down on foot.
[as they walk through the field of dead bodies]
Amphiaraus: The lion and crow cross a field of corpses. I hate being right all the time.
Soldier #1: Halt!
Soldier #2: Halt!
[Hercules goes over to check out one of the heads mounted on a spike]
Hercules: This head is rotting. A week old, at least. Yet some of these bodies are fresh.
[Sitacles bends down to check one of the fresh looking bodies and suddenly he attacks Sitacles, the body lying by Iolaus comes to and starts stabbing him in the foot]
[Sitacles kills the savage attacking him and Hercules rescues Iolaus, throws the savage over to Autolycus who kills him with his sword]
Autolycus: And we’ve walked into a trap.
[more of the savages come out from the hiding places, ready to attack]
Hercules: Shield a wall! Form a single square and protect Lord Cotys!
[he pushes Iolaus towards the soldiers]
Hercules: Iolaus, go!
Sitacles: Shield a wall!
[the soldiers line up with their shields up forming a wall]
Hercules: We’re here to help them. Why are they attacking?
Sitacles: This is Rhesus’ doing. They say his spells have the power to cloud minds, turn comrades against each other.
[to Cotys’ guards]
Sitacles: King’s guards, around Lord Cotys!
[the guards form a wall around Cotys]
Hercules: Amphiaraus, do we die in this battle?
Amphiaraus: My time’s not come yet. Not sure about yours.
Hercules: That’s comforting.
[the savages leader starts yelling and swinging his weapons around]
Amphiaraus: I think he wants a challenge.
[as the other savages join in with their leader and start yelling, Hercules breaks off the head of one of Atalanta’s arrows then puts on his Nemean Lion head on]
Iolaus: Hercules’ fists have been dipped in the blood of the Hydra! Lethal to anyone but him! Watch!
[the leader of the savages charges toward Hercules who punches the savage so hard that he flies backwards, with the arrowhead lodged in his skull]
Stephanos: Did you see that?
Nicolaus: The gods fight on our side!
[the soldiers cheer]
Iolaus: Hercules! Hercules! Hercules…
Soldiers: Hercules! Hercules! Hercules! Hercules! Hercules!
[to the soldiers]
Atalanta: Battle position!
[the soldiers hold out their spears, as the savages are about to attack Atalanta kneels and starts praying]
Atalanta: Lady Artemis, if I am to fall, let me be judged…
[the savages start attacking, Hercules, his crew and the soldiers fight back]
Sitacles: Stand fast! Hold your position!
[the savages start overpowering the soldiers]
Sitacles: Do not yield!
[to the soldiers as the fighting continues]
Hercules: No retreat! Stay in the wall!
Sitacles: Hold the line! Do not yield! Defend Lord Cotys!
[as the savages break through the soldier’s shields]
Sitacles: The wall has been breached! Seal up the shield wall! Defend Lord Cotys!
[as the savages start attacking the Cotys’ guards Cotys and Iolaus get their swords out ready to fight; to the guard next to him]
[Sitacles starts using the whip on the savages]
Hercules: Bring the chariots!
[suddenly one of the savages stabs Hercules from behind, Hercules manages to grab him by the throat and throw him at a rock]
Sitacles: Defend your Lord!
[when he sees his friend being killed by of the savages]
[Hercules and Amphiaraus each ride a horse-drawn chariot, Amphiaraus’s chariot extends blades which kills the savages it comes in contact with, Hercules starts riding around and killing every savage in sight with his sword]
[Hercules and Amphiaraus kill most of the savages and the rest run off; to the soldiers]
Sitacles: Make way!
[the soldiers allow Cotys and Iolaus to walk through them]
Lord Cotys: Where is Rhesus?
[we see Rhesus sitting on his horse watching them from afar]
[as the soldiers tend to their wounded Hercules goes over to Cotys who is sitting alone in deep thought]
Hercules: Lord Cotys.
Lord Cotys: We came here to save this village, but, no, they killed half my army. Rhesus. This is all his doing.
Hercules: And yours. I warned you, your men are brave, but untrained, unprepared for battle. Give me time to make warriors.
Lord Cotys: Very well.
[as Hercules turns to walk away Iolaus sees the wound the savage had given him]
Iolaus: Cover up, before your loyal army sees you bleed like a mortal.
[he covers Hercules’ wounds so that the others won’t see his wound]
[Sitacles looks at the bodies of the dead soldiers]
Sitacles: Phineas. You plead your life.
Phineas: And I gladly offer it.
[Phineas kneels down]
Phineas: I failed to see this trap. The fault is mine! Spare the other scouts.
[as Sitacles raises his sword to behead Phineas Autolycus interrupts him]
Autolycus: General Sitacles. I think we’ve lost enough men for the day, haven’t you? But just to avoid future misunderstandings, I’ll be taking charge of your scouts from now on. Is that clear?
[Autolycus pulls Phineas up to his feet and leads him away]
Phineas: Thank you.
Autolycus: Another mistake, I’ll end you myself.
[he pushes Phineas aside]
[Ergenia arrives with her maidens and tends to Hercules’ wounds in his tent]
Ergenia: I’m applying a salve of mint, chamomile and clay to seal the wound. This is extract of lithops for the pain, a powerful sedative.
[she pours the liquid sedative in a cup and offers it to Hercules]
Ergenia: It should rest you after consuming it. It may have certain side effects.
Hercules: I don’t need it.
Ergenia: Ah, forgive me, I forgot. No mortal can harm Hercules. And, uh…your lion’s hide is indestructible? Drink, son of Zeus.
[she offers the sedative to Hercules again and he takes it]
Ergenia: Arius’ father was the same, he distrusted medicines.
Hercules: Where is he now?
Ergenia: Taken by the gods before my son was born.
Hercules: I’m sorry. I never knew my father.
Ergenia: Well, he must have been very, very strong.
[they both laugh]
Hercules: Tell me about Arius.
Ergenia: Oh. He’s a good boy. And someday, he will make a fine king. Do you have any children?
[Hercules doesn’t reply and his smile fades]
Ergenia: Do they live in Athens?
Hercules: Thank you for your care.
[he hands the cup of sedative back to Ergenia who looks clearly hurt by Hercules’ lack of response]
Ergenia: The sedative will help you rest.
[as Ergenia leaves him in the tent, Hercules lies down and goes to sleep, he starts dreaming of his wife and sees the bodies of his dead children, we then see Hercules kneeling before Eurystheus with his hands in chains and covered in blood]
King Eurystheus: How could you do such a terrible thing? By law, I should execute you, but I believe a more fitting punishment would be to let you live. So you can walk the earth in torment, haunted by the knowledge that you alone are responsible for the death of your loved ones. The great Hercules, hands forever stained with innocent blood. Get out, you monster. Get out!
[suddenly Hercules wakes from his dream]
[after Hercules is woken from his nightmare he hears a noise and wanders out of his tent, he sees the dead bodies of the savages they’d killed earlier everywhere, but suddenly amongst them he notices the dead bodies of his wife and children, he then sees the three-headed dog of Hades, Cerberus, who starts eating the bodies]
[Hercules runs towards Cerberus and as it goes to attack Hercules he holds his spear up to kill Cerberus when it disappears, at the same time Tydeus comes up behind Hercules and puts his hand on his shoulder snapping Hercules out of his vision]
[the next morning Hercules is washing his face with water looking tired]
Amphiaraus: It happened again, didn’t it? Hmm? Another vision of Cerberus, the three-headed beast of Hades? The gods show you things they don’t share with others.
Hercules: There’s a word for that: madness.
Amphiaraus: When we were driven from Athens, I consulted the Oracle of Delphi on your behalf. Do you remember her prophecy?
Hercules: “Hercules must finish the labor that remains unfinished.”
Amphiaraus: And what is that, Hercules? Confront the beast that haunts you, only then will you find peace. I speak from experience. No matter how far you run, no matter how fast you go, the beast will follow. Man cannot escape his fate.
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