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Annibale Ninchi ...
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Fosco Giachetti ...
Captain Massinissa
Francesca Braggiotti ...
Queen Sophonisba
Marcello Giorda ...
King Syphace
Guglielmo Barnabò ...
Furius, fat Roman
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Velia, a Roman woman
Memo Benassi ...
Franco Coop ...
Mezio, Roman soldier
Ciro Galvani ...
Carlo Lombardi ...
Lucio
Marcello Spada ...
Arunte
Piero Carnabuci ...
Il Reduce della Battaglia
Carlo Ninchi ...
Lelius
Lamberto Picasso ...
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Mussolini's government, in addition to making the railroads run on time (and other items not so good), could also produce a movie on a lavish scale, including over 6000 extras in the battle scenes. A story of the Second Punic Wars, beginning with Scipio's futile pleas to the Roman Senate to build an army to battle Hannibal, that climaxes with the battle of Zama. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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21 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal  »

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This film was a project championed by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. See more »

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Extras wearing wristwatches, even though the film is set thousands of years before they were invented. See more »

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great battle scenes
20 August 2001 | by (florida, usa) – See all my reviews

in 1937, scipione l'africano was to be mussolini's propaganda masterpiece of nationalism. it turned out to be quite entertaining, and much less of a propaganda story that mussolini had hoped for. it was supposed to show the glory of battle & victory! in many scenes it shows clearly the barabrism of war and its aftermath. nothing was less gloryfying! the battle scenes are very realistic between scipione and his roman legions and hannibal & his carthagianians! the scenes are gory and noe for the squemish. animal lovers beware of the elephants being attacked by the romans. it is believed that during shooting of this battle scene, that two elephants had to be destroyed. for the true lover of correctly staged battle scenes, this is a must. if you prefer your battles cleansed, stick to the 60s muscleman epics! sasheegm!


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