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The True Story of Hannibal (2005)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  2 January 2005 (USA)
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One of history's greatest military leaders, at age nine Hannibal accompanied his father Hamilcar Barca on the Carthaginian expedition to conquer Spain. Before embarking, the boy vowed ... See full summary »

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One of history's greatest military leaders, at age nine Hannibal accompanied his father Hamilcar Barca on the Carthaginian expedition to conquer Spain. Before embarking, the boy vowed eternal hatred for Rome, his people's bitter rival. Twenty years later, in 218 BC, he left New Carthage (now Cartagena, Spain) to wage war on "The Eternal City" with an army of about 40,000, including cavalry and elephants. After crossing the Pyrenees and Rhone River, he traversed the Alps while beset by snowstorms, landslides, and hostile mountain tribes. This 2-hour special brings to life the story of the Carthaginian general who struck fear in all Roman hearts and wreaked havoc with his masterful military tactics, bringing the mighty Roman Republic to the brink of ruin. Archaeologists, historians, and military experts guide us through ancient Carthage and give insight into his military strategy up to defeat at Zama in 203 BC. Written by Anonymous

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Benjamin Maccabee, Victor Mature
5 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Benjamin Maccabee (2005) plays the same role as Victor Mature (1960), and both actors posses the qualities of a true hero: power, charisma, strength... mixed with a deep love for their cause and their people, and a very real sensitivity. Maccabee was the perfect choice, following valiantly in the shoes of Victor Mature and doing him justice. Without limited dialog due to the nature of this documentary, Maccabee still manages to convey an extreme sense of passion and one can really imagine him leading his troops into battle. And those deep, dark, beautiful eyes convey everything he is feeling on the battle field and off. This was an immensely moving historical recount of events in that era, with a true star at the helm


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