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Writers:
Adriano Bolzoni (dialogue)
Arpad DeRiso (writer)
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Release Date:
21 December 1963 (Italy) See more »
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Before Conan, There was one Barbarian renowned for his ferocity...
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This film features a colossal clash between a mass of invaders and the faithful Roman soldiers who must fight to defend the Roman Empire. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Gordon Mitchell ... Brenno
Ursula Davis ... Nissia
Massimo Serato ... Marco Furio Camillo
Tony Kendall ... Quinto Fabio
Erno Crisa ... Decio Vatinio
Vassili Karis (as Mark Vassilli)
Margherita Girelli ... Catulla
Carla Calò ... Sacerdotessa
Nerio Bernardi
Andrea Aureli
Michel Gaida
Anna-Maria Pace
Roland Gray
Carlo Lombardi
Lucio De Santis
Aldo Cecconi
Goffredo Unger
Pietro Tordi ... Vaxo
Aldo Pini
Attilio Dottesio
Franco Morici
Claudio Catania ... Bambino
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Spafford ... Narrator (uncredited)

Directed by
Giacomo Gentilomo 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Adriano Bolzoni  dialogue
Arpad DeRiso  writer
Nino Scolaro  writer

Produced by
Luigi Mondello .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carlo Franci 
 
Cinematography by
Oberdan Troiani 
 
Film Editing by
Gino Talamo 
 
Production Design by
Piero Filippone 
 
Set Decoration by
Camillo Del Signore 
Luciano Finocchiaro 
 
Costume Design by
Giorgio Desideri 
 
Makeup Department
Maria Arié .... hair stylist
Guglielmo Bonotti .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Augusto Dolfi .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angelo Sangermano .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alessandro Sarandrea .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cesare Allione .... camera operator
G. Ciulli .... assistant camera
Maurizio Santoni .... assistant camera
Ermanno Serto .... still photographer
Luigi Troiani .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Beatrice Felici .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Marcello Berni .... production secretary
Paola Salvadori .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Brenno il nemico di Roma" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
95 min | USA:90 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Ripping Yarn!, 3 March 2006
Author: steven-222 from Berkeley, CA, USA

BRENNUS takes various elements from Livy's history of the Gauls' attack on Rome, plus Plutarch's biography of Camillus, and cleverly remixes them to fashion a ripping yarn of an adventure movie. The banishment of the Roman general Camillus, the controversy over the spoils of Veii, the involvement of the Fabius brothers, the flight of the Vestal virgins from Rome, the barbarian who tugs the beard of a Roman elder, the honking of the sacred geese, and even Brennus's scornful "Woe to the vanquished!" as he heaps his sword onto the scales, are all from the historical record.

To be sure, the historical accounts are a bit more complicated and far less flattering to the Romans, but this variant is exactly the sort of heroic tale an ancient balladeer might have come up with to flatter his hosts at a Fabius family banquet. (Our hero is the dashing young Quintus Fabius, appealingly played by Tony Kendall.)

As for the barbarous Brennus, the more I see of Gordon Mitchell, the more I respect him as an actor. He makes a terrific villain; when he declares that he'll enter Rome with his new bride's head impaled on his sword, I believe it! Mitchell was equally impressive playing a tortured hero (see THE FURY OF ACHILLES and GIANT OF THE METROPOLIS).

No luck so far in finding this sword and sandal classic on DVD, alas. I managed to track down a VHS tape, but it was from a degraded full-screen print in black and white. I'd love to see this in full color and widescreen.

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