Hercules and the Circle of Fire

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Hercules and the Circle of Fire
Directed byDoug Lefler
Produced bySam Raimi
Robert Tapert
Written byAndrew Dettmann
Barry Pullman
Daniel Truly
Christian Williams
StarringKevin Sorbo (Hercules)
Tawny Kitaen(Deianeira)
Antony Quinn (Zeus)
Music byJoseph LoDuca
CinematographyJames Bartle
Edited byJon Koslowsky
Distributed byMCA-Television
Release date
November 5, 1994
Running time
91 minutes
CountriesUnited States
New Zealand

Hercules and the Circle of Fire is a made for television movie. It was the third of five pre-series movies, so it may be considered part of the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. When all the earth's fire begins to go out, Hercules and Deianeira must go in search for fire to stop the world from cold.

Plot synopsis[change | change source]

Hercules is walking through a snowy mountain top where he finds a woman in the cold, and goes to help her. He sees Zeus in a cave and a rock closes over the entrance. Hercules turns around and the woman calls out to him and freezes and explodes. Hercules wakes from a dream. He turns over and goes back to sleep. As he sleeps his camp-fire goes out. Next day Hercules and young man are walking through a cave with dead bodies strewn all over. The man tells Hercules that they are all men from his village and that the witch who guards the Fountain of Youth killed them for their youth and strength.

Later Hercules arrives at Chiron's house. Hercules gives him the water and he drinks it. The wound heals, but after a few seconds the wound worsens. Hercules tells him he will find a cure for his wound. Meanwhile, all over the village fires are being inexplicably extinguished. Hercules and Chiron are talking by the fire side and the fire goes out. Hercules realizes that something is amiss.

Zeus replies that he does, but he loves Hercules more. Hercules tells Zeus he loves him too. Zeus accepts what Hercules must do, and lets him go. Hercules goes through the fire and retrieves the Torch. He throws it and it lands in Prometheus's home, waking him. Fire begins to return. As Hercules lays dying in the circle, Zeus begs Hera not to harm Hercules or he will haunt her for eternity. Hercules takes the torch to Chiron's house and asks him to step inside a circle of straw. Chiron stands in the centre of the circle and Hercules lights the straw with the torch. Chiron drops to his knees and cries out. As the flames die out Chiron exclaims that his wound is healed. The flames had burned away his immortality and healed the wound.

Series continuity and notes[change | change source]

The special actor: Anthony Quinn
  • This movie is loosely based on the myth of Prometheus. The basic plot concept of Prometheus being captured, is similar to the first season Xena: Warrior Princess episode Prometheus, although in that episode mankind is robbed of the gift of healing not fire.

Main cast[change | change source]

Awards[change | change source]

  • 1 nomination in 1995 in the category Best Single Genre Television Presentation, in the Saturn Awards.

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