Attila, the leader of the barbarian Huns and called by the Romans "The Scourge of God", sweeps onto the Italian peninsula, defeating all of the armies of Rome, until he and his men reach the gates of the city itself.

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Attila (as Anthony Qvinn)
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Grune
Colette Régis ...
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Onegesius, counsellor to Attila (as Eduardo Cianelli)
Georges Bréhat ...
Prisco
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Hun Leader
Guido Celano ...
Capo della tribu / Tribe Chieftan
Aldo Pini ...
Dominicus
Marco Guglielmi ...
Kadis
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The king of the Huns, whose hordes from various tribes and allies have been sweeping the Asian steppes and both Roman empires, dies, leaving the throne to two sons. Bleda, tired of war and hungry, bloody campaigns, wants to settle as allies of Rome in peace, his brother Attila believes only in the power of the sword. Roman general Aethius, who knows the Huns well as a result of former hostage exchanges, fails to get a true peace but buys a shaky one promising doubled tribute. The court of weakling emperor Valentinianus, moved north from Rome to Ravenna, where the true ruler is empress-mother Galla Placidia, widow of a barbarian king, refuses the terms and imprisons Aethius, who still refuses to seize power with Valentinian's sister Honoria. The ambitious princess now offers her hand and the empire as dowry to Attila, just what Bleda hoped for. Scorning peace, Attila has popular Bleda murdered during a hunt, and persuades the hordes to march with him on the empire. While clueless, ... Written by KGF Vissers

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17 May 1958 (USA)  »

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ITL 450,000,000 (estimated)
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Anthony Quinn worked on La Strada (1954) simultaneously with this movie. He remarked that it had a much smaller budget than the Attila epic, but considered it a much better film. See more »

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Quinn tries his best with a bad and unreasonable script...

Destroying towns and cities across the Alp to Italy, the mounted hordes led by Attila, King of the Huns, reached the gates of Rome where they were stopped by the Cross and turned back by Pope Leo I...

Anthony Quinn is Attila, the infamous 5th Century barbarian in this Italian unworthy spectacular...

Sophia Loren offers a pretty presence as the ambitious tempting Honoria who accepts Attila as a husband just to save Rome... She loses her life and half of her kingdom...

Quinn tries his best in his portrayal of the infamous Attila, but the script is bad and unreasonable...


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