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Adriano Bolzoni (dialogue)
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21 December 1963 (Italy) See more »
Before Conan, There was one Barbarian renowned for his ferocity...
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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BRENNUS, ENEMY OF ROME (Giacomo Gentilomo, 1963) **1/2 See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)

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 Moruzzi (as 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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95 min | USA:90 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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BRENNUS, ENEMY OF ROME (Giacomo Gentilomo, 1963) **1/2, 30 April 2011
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Although the cult Italian TV program "Fuori Orario" (which translates to "After Hours") shown every weekend during night-time is usually taken up by rare art-house stuff, occasionally it lowers its standards to include a tribute to the native journeymen which passed through the portals of Cinema throughout its 116-year history; one such contender was Giacomo Gentilomo and, after 2 satisfactory encounters with his mostly unknown work – THE LAST OF THE VIKINGS and, just last week, GOLIATH AGAINST THE VAMPIRES (both 1961 and of the peplum variety) – this is yet another above-average example in the same mould and which was released in the U.K. under the misleading title BATTLE OF THE SPARTANS.

Since the budget allocated to such pseudo-historical fare was typically on the low side, barbarian conqueror Brennus' marauding march on Rome is often economically depicted via battle montages with star Gordon Mitchell's scowling features superimposed over them! Following the willful exile to a peaceful retirement in the countryside of disillusioned Roman hero Massimo Serato (disgusted by the egotistical political machinations of self-serving Senators), it is left for the likes of leading man Tony Kendall (as one of a band of three brothers) to oppose Brennus; eventually, two of them (and Serato's own young adopted son) are killed which, naturally enough, paves the way for the banished legionnaire's return to (and fateful intervention in) the ultimate salvation of his beloved Rome.

The usual quota of tried-and-tested elements such as damsels-in-distress and duplicitous but ultimately ill-fated senators are to be found here as well but, frankly, the one single incident in the entire film that has remained with me a full 10 days since I saw it is the uproarious sequence of Mitchell 'invading' the heroine's tent and, after taking a sip from the first vessel he finds lying about, he enquires whether it is some rare wine due to the odd taste it has…to which she nonchalantly informs him that what he just drank had been her new perfume!

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