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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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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)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Sound)
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Trivia:
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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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Non-History Supplemented by Poor Acting, 8 May 2005
Author: evanbrooks from United States

Although touted as a Grade-B epic, such a high rating is dubious. The acting is overwrought and the plot and narrative devices are poor. The most distinguishing characteristic of this film is the cinematography -- which is simply horrendous. Over and over, there are shots of the Carthaginian Army marching somewhere -- the problem is that the march order is more akin to a company of skirmishers than it is to an army of thousands on the march. Scenes are often so dark as to be indistinguishable, and battles look like company exercises.

The Roman defeat at Cannae was the worst loss suffered by any Western army in a single day in history. Historically, the four/eight legions(opinions vary to whether double legions were present) were surrounded and destroyed in place, often because the Romans were so compressed in space that they could not effectively engage. Yet, the movie battle shows a rather open battle with large areas of maneuverability.

Much is made of Hannibal's elephants, but one must understand that only eighteen of the beasts survived the crossing of the Alps. In effect, they were the Panzers of the ancient world -- and much more effective as a terror weapon threat than an actual force multiplier.

The sub-plot of a love interest is pure Hollywood Italia -- no basis in reality. And although Fabius Cunctator was a historical figure whose "Fabian tactics" were proved correct, the movie concludes before any mention of Scipio Africanus who eventually defeated Hannibal at Zama.

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