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Release Date:
18 June 1960 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Jump on! Hang on! Here comes the avenging Hannibal and his crazed elephant army! See more »
Plot:
After making his historic crossing of the Alps with elephants transporting supplies and troops, Hannibal marches on Rome in a war of revenge... See more » | Add synopsis »
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HANNIBAL (Edgar G. Ulmer and Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, 1959) **1/2 See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Victor Mature ... Hannibal

Gabriele Ferzetti ... Fabius Maximus
Rita Gam ... Sylvia
Milly Vitale ... Danila
Rik Battaglia ... Hasdrubal
Franco Silva ... Maharbal

Terence Hill ... Quintilius (as Mario Girotti)
Mirko Ellis ... Mago
Andrea Aureli ... Gajus Terentius Varro
Andrea Fantasia ... Konsul Paulus Emilius
Renzo Cesana (as Renato Cesana)

Bud Spencer ... Rutario (as Carlo Pedersoli)
Pina Bottin
Remo De Angelis
Piero Mitri
Mario Pisu
Franco Dominici ... Minitius
Enzo Fiermonte ... Announcer in Senate
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrea Esterhazy ... Slave
Piero Tiberi ... Hannibal's Son
Bruno Arié ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Nello Pazzafini ... Wrestler - Last Winner (uncredited)

Directed by
Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia 
Edgar G. Ulmer 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mortimer Braus  writer
Sandro Continenza  (as Allesandro Continenza)
Ottavio Poggi  story
Edgar G. Ulmer  writer

Produced by
Ottavio Poggi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carlo Rustichelli 
 
Cinematography by
Raffaele Masciocchi 
 
Film Editing by
Renato Cinquini 
 
Art Direction by
Ernest Kromberg 
 
Set Decoration by
Carlo Gentili 
 
Costume Design by
Giancarlo Bartolini Salimbeni 
 
Makeup Department
Mirella Ginnoto .... makeup artist (as Mirella Gonnoto)
 
Production Management
Nino Battiferri .... production manager
Lucio Bompani .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nino Zanchin .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Amedeo Mellone .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Raffaele Del Monte .... sound
Franco Groppioni .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Anacleto Giustini .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marcello Masciocchi .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... musical director
 
Other crew
Shirley Ulmer .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Annibale" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
100 min | USA:103 min | Italy:95 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Sound)
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Hannibal was a Punic Carthaginian general who lived between 247 BC and aprox.181 BC. Ancient Carthaginians were a Semitic civilization from the Phoenician city-state of Carthage, located in North Africa in present-day Tunisia.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
HANNIBAL (Edgar G. Ulmer and Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, 1959) **1/2, 13 April 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

This is one of several epic Italian productions 'supervised' by Hollywood directors - others of its ilk include THE GIANT OF MARATHON (Jacques Tourneur, 1959), Joseph AND HIS BRETHREN (Irving Rapper, 1960), THE MONGOLS (Andre' De Toth, 1961), THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (Arthur Lubin, 1961), THE WONDERS OF ALADDIN (Henry Levin, 1961) and SODOM AND GOMORRAH (Robert Aldrich, 1962); Ulmer himself served again in the same capacity on L' ATLANTIDE (1961).

As was generally the case, in spite of the participation of such noted film-makers, these spectacles displayed little directorial flair; in fact, this particular example is only distinguished from similar sword-and-sandal efforts by its above-average cast - though, to be fair, Ulmer stated in the accompanying interview on the VCI DVD that he didn't have final say on the film and, consequently, his vision was compromised by financiers who found his approach "too philosophical"! In any case, while the "elephant walk" (Hannibal famously crossed the Alps on pachyderms) and battle sequences are well enough staged, the look of the film is rather shoddy and bears evidence of budgetary restrictions. By the way, the Italian side of the directorial chores were handled by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia - a veteran of costume pictures who would soon replace Vittorio Cottafavi on AMAZONS OF ROME (1961), after the latter fell out with leading man Louis Jourdan!

Victor Mature, himself a regular of this type of film, is ideally cast as the legendary Carthaginian warrior - though his performance is merely adequate, the script having made his character distinctly one-dimensional (where he's involved in an unconvincing and dreary romance with Rita Gam, a woman from the enemy ranks); Gabriele Ferzetti lends dignity to the proceedings as a Roman senator. A surprising presence here is that of Spaghetti Western/action-comedy icon Terence Hill (billed under his real name of Mario Girotti) - playing the key role of Ferzetti's son; according to the IMDb, his subsequent frequent on-screen partner Bud Spencer also appears in the film...but I didn't spot him!

The supplements on the VCI disc include a precious 33-minute audio interview with Ulmer (conducted by Peter Bogdanovich), which imparts several interesting bits on the production of F.W. Murnau's THE LAST LAUGH (1924) - on which Ulmer served as art director - and HANNIBAL itself; also, besides having the director enthusiastically discuss John Schlesinger's MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969), it reveals his dislike of fellow expatriates Otto Preminger and William Dieterle!

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