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simply put, HERCULES RETURNS (1993) is one of the great comedies of all-time.
i only heard of it because i lived overseas. its pretty crazy, i was living in nigeria in the mid-90s and the cable tv we had basically included CNN International, VOX (German), RTL and RTL2 (German), CANAL+ (French) and this south african entertainment channel called M-NET. i know this now from being overseas that US firms are known to be quite expensive when it comes to syndication rights to their content, both film and television, which is why you often see grossly outdated material overseas or content from other countries entirely.
case in point: in albania they would show tons of mexican telenovelas because their syndication rights were so low. same with italian matinees and croatian children's shows. oh yeah, and they had I LOVE LUCY. go figure?
anyway, M-NET would should lots of indie films from australia and new zealand for exactly this reason and usually they were pretty mediocre. i remember the weekend they showed HERCULES RETURNS, an australian comedy. it was a sunday and literally the next day half my school bus was quoting this film and it never really let down. a legend was born.
i've been told by people that the movie is based on a play, but the basic ploy of the film is that people are dubbing over an old muscle movie from the 1960s. basically BAD LIP READING but actually funny and clever.
i don't want to give anything of it away. just want to get the word out their that this is a gem of a film that is sadly under-appreciated in the united states and i am here to help reinvigorate it back to prominence and glory. must-seem classic.