•• In 2005, Hallmark Entertainment released a miniseries based off of the Hercules myth. Despite some inaccuracies it is actually the closest to the original myth and even to the spirit of it! Oh, and the screenplay was written by Charles Edward Pogue who also wrote the screenplay for “Dragonheart”. In the movie, Elizabeth Perkins plays Alcmene (Hercules’ mother), is such a tragic character but obviously she portrays her perfectly with parental favouritism, devotion to greek goddess Hera and even sorrow. The film is full of references to other myths. Click on the previews below to view all the screen captures in full quality, enjoy!
– Synopsis: As Alcmene (Elizabeth Perkins, Finding Nemo), Princess of Thebes, awaits the return of her husband Amphitryon (Timothy Dalton, The Living Daylights) from war, the virtuous bride falls victim to the licentious Zeus and finds herself carrying the great god’s child. Born Hercules (Paul Telfer, Spartacus), the strapping lad is rejected by his mother, envied by his brother Iphicles (Luke Ford, The Junction Boys), and loathed by Zeus’s wife Hera. Seething with rage from the heavens, she abhors Hercules as damnable evidence of her husband’s infidelities, yet the demigod has his allies: his foster-father Amphitryon, who exalts in the boy’s potential; his faithful companion Linus (Oscar nominee Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), who promises to sing of his deeds far and wide; the blind oracle Tiresias, who foresees an extraordinary future; the beautiful nymph Deianeira (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Leelee Sobieski, Joan of Arc), who secretly loves him and the priestess Megara, who becomes his wife.Unbeknownst to Hercules, however, Megara and her sons are merely tools of the vengeful Hera, plotting against him and initiating events that lead to banishment from his people. Fearing there is only one way to atone for his sins, Hercules agrees to tasks impossible challenges designed to destroy him, set forth by Megara’s new husband, King Eurystheus (Kristian Schmid, Neighbours). From his journey through the Stymphalian Swamps in search of the slashing harpies to his face-off with the leather-winged Nemean Lion to the man-eating mares of Lemnos, and, finally, across the flaming waves of the River Styx into the depths of Hell itself, Hercules must survive terrifying odds to regain his stature as a god, as a hero and as a man accomplishing feats that will elevate him to the status of legend on Earth and achieve immortality in the heavens.A truly epic movie that takes you to thundering new heights of adventure, breathtaking high drama, and unparalleled excitement, Hercules towers above all others for fantastic entertainment of mythic proportions.