Sunday, September 9, 2007

Classic Physique Building Inspiration: The Films of Steve Reeves

Need some classic physique building inspiration? Check out the films of Steve Reeves. After winning the Mr. America 1947, Mr. World 1948, and Mr. Universe 1950 titles, Steve went on to star in 17 films! He was the first to make the transition from bodybuilding into films (well before Arnold!). His film Hercules (made in 1957) started the "Sword and Sandal" movie craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the early 1960s, Steve and Sophia Loren were the highest paid actors of their time.

Here is a list of Steve Reeves' 17 films:

1. Jail Bait (1954)
2. Athena (1954)
3. Hercules (1957)
4. Hercules Unchained (1959)
5. The White Warrior (1959)
6. Goliath and the Barbarians (1959)
7. The Last Days of Pompeii (1959)
8. The Giant of Marathon (1959)
9. Morgan the Pirate (1960)
10. Thief of Baghdad (1961)
11. The Trojan Horse (1961)
12. Duel of the Titans (1961)
13. The Slave (1962)
14. The Avenger (1962)
15. Sandokan the Great (1963)
16. Pirates of Malaysia (1964)
17. A long Ride From Hell (1969)

Most of these films can be bought (as DVD or videos) online at the Steve Reeves International Society (,,, and other sites! (The photo above shows Steve in Hercules - notice his tremendous "V-shape"!).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, are the photos still shots, taken from the 1957 Hercules movie?