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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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Credited cast:
Hannibal (as Benjamin Kobby)
Richard Wilkinson ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Chrissanthos ...
Greg Daly ...
Alison Futrell ...
Herself (as Dr. Alison Futrell)
Adrian Goldsworthy ...
Himself (as Dr. Adrian Goldsworthy)
Dexter Hotos ...
Himself (as Dr. Dexter Hotos)
David Potter ...


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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The 'True story of Hannibal' A grand slam.
18 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gret Show. Director Mark Hufnail hit a home run with the 'true story of Hannibal'. A Dacu/feature in it's best. Smooth and flawless. this show will go down in the History Channel pages as a break through Show as a new breed of TV shows. Jeffrey Wright was a perfect choice for narration. Benjamin Maccabee a perfect choice for the role of Hannibal Barca, Maccabee took the role to Higher standards Like George C Scott in Patton, Maccabee fit in the shoes of the greatest general in history Hannibal Barca. Maccabee a true star quality and truly one of the great ones. Richard Wilikinson who played the part of Scipio did a great job. Writers /Producers Hyman and Mcpherson truly did hit a home run with this show. Vin Diesel should take notes for his up and coming epic 'Hannibal Barca'.

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