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4 March 2007 (USA) See more »
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The History Channel examines the Dark Ages from the fall of the Roman Empire to the First Crusade. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
Philip Daileader ... Himself - William and Mary College
Kelly DeVries ... Himself - Loyola College
Bonnie Effros ... Herself - SUNY Binghamton
Adnan Husain ... Himself - Queen's University
Michael Kulikowski ... Himself - University of Tennessee
Thomas Martin ... Himself - College of Holy Cross
Jim Masschaele ... Himself - Rutgers University
Vilma Raubaite ... Empress Theodora
Brett Whalen ... Himself - UNC, Chapel Hill
Grigorij Strelec ... King (uncredited)
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Directed by
Christopher Cassel 
 
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Christopher Cassel 

Produced by
Christopher Cassel .... producer
Dolores Gavin .... executive producer
Bill Hunt .... executive producer
Vincent Kralyevich .... executive producer
Shannon Mechutan .... development producer (as Shannon Sasser)
Lina Miseikyte .... line producer (as Lineta Zukauskiene)
Bobby Munster .... technical producer
Kristine Sabat .... executive producer
Diane Wai .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Kerry Muzzey 
 
Cinematography by
Tim Metzger 
 
Film Editing by
Jennifer Honn 
 
Casting by
Arturas Zukauskas 
 
Production Management
Jerome F. Calimeri .... production manager
Vladas Lyndo .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laura Akstinaite .... trainee assistant director
Andrius Brazas .... first assistant director
Agne Januskyte .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Chad Birmingham .... sound recordist
Jacques Boulanger .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Brian Spears .... special effects: prop heads
 
Visual Effects by
Justas Giedraitis .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Roman Grigaravicius .... stunts
Ruta Nemaniene .... assistant horse master
Arturas Nemanis .... horse master
Grigorij Strelec .... stunt rider
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Toby Birney .... camera operator: "b" camera
Rimas Jurgelevicius .... gaffer
Bo B. Randulff .... camera operator: "b" camera
 
Editorial Department
Jerome Bourgeois .... post-production coordinator
Christina Choi .... assistant editor
Alice Goguen .... assistant editor
Nicolas Huve .... post-production coordinator
Andrew Noble .... assistant editor
Sandy Patch .... colorist
Sandy Patch .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Vladas Lyndo .... location manager
Elizabeth Riebling .... production coordinator
Laurie-Anne Vazquez .... production coordinator (as Laurie Vazquez)
Rasa Vilkaityté .... production coordinator
Codine Williams .... production accountant
 

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USA:120 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A lot of information to cram into one film., 17 March 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Considering that the film covers a period spanning many centuries, it's amazing that they thought they could cram it all into two hours, but the History Channel has tried! And, overall, it achieves a lot in less than two hours. However, to adequately encompass the Middle Ages, a series would seem in order, as the show was a bit episodic and moved way too fast.

When the show begins, it's still the Roman era--one that the film seems to overly romanticize. Sure, it was advanced and organized--but it was also brutal and just plain evil. So, when Rome fell, I thought it was interesting that this was seen as a bad thing--as they had enslaved the civilized world. The show then jumps a bit in history to discuss the major events of the next 700 or so years. It hits most of the biggies such as Charlemagne, the Battle of Tours, plagues and the Vikings. It ends with the Crusades--an attempt by the Church to channel the cruel knights into more productive work.

There were some things I really liked about the show. A few of the comments by the historians were pretty funny, such as the remark about a Viking named 'Skull-Splitter' as well as their accurate assessment of the role of knights (they were NOT chivalrous or gallant in the least). I also liked that the Vikings were not shown wearing horned helmets (a common myth). A few things I was less thrilled about was how sketchy the show was, how it never really talked about the life of folks during this time as well as it portraying the Battle of Tours--with what seems like about 30 men (when it actually had an estimated 60000 soldiers in the fight). Not perfect but if you MUST see 700 years of history shoved into less than two hours, it does about as good a job as you could expect.

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