Hercules in New York (1969)

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RATING– ✮✮½

DIRECTOR– Arthur Allan Seidelman

REVIEW– Arnold Schwarzenegger travels to America because he is bored with his homeland. He finds a rather dainty little tender fellow, moves in with him, and explores all sorts of new and exciting lifestyles. 

No, not the autobiographical account of the former Governor of California… but the plot of the truly absurd movie Hercules In New York

Seems Hercules, played by the phonetically challenged Schwarzenegger, is a randy young god who wants to experience the life of us ordinary folk. So he travels to New York, takes off his shirt, runs around beating things up, grunts a lot, becomes a movie star, marries a Kennedy, and has a love-child with his Spanish maid! 

Amazing how art imitates life, huh??!? 

Anyway, the message of Hercules In New York… what the filmmakers were really trying to say (as far as I can tell), is that it’s okay to be yourself. It’s okay to question your identity and experiment, to feel fabulous in tight pants, to be a muscle-bound Greek who shaves his chest… It’s okay! You’ll find love anyway! 

That love may be with a soft little pretzel salesman, but that shouldn’t affect you… Be proud & be loud, because deep down inside… we’re all the sons of Zeus!

In 1969, not wearing a bra was a liberating experience.