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Hannibal (1959)

Annibale (original title)
During the Second Punic War in 218 BC, Carthaginian general Hannibal attacks the Roman Republic by crossing the Pyrenees and the Alps with his vast army.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Hannibal
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Fabius Maximus
Rita Gam ... Sylvia
Milly Vitale ... Danila
Rik Battaglia ... Hasdrubal
Franco Silva ... Maharbal
Terence Hill ... Quintilius (as Mario Girotti)
Mirko Ellis Mirko Ellis ... Mago
Andrea Aureli ... Gajus Terentius Varro
Andrea Fantasia Andrea Fantasia ... Konsul Paulus Emilius
Renzo Cesana ... (as Renato Cesana)
Bud Spencer ... Rutario (as Carlo Pedersoli)
Pina Bottin Pina Bottin
Remo De Angelis
Piero Mitri Piero Mitri
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After making his historic crossing of the Alps with elephants transporting supplies and troops, Hannibal marches on Rome in a war of revenge. During his advance, he captures Sylvia, the niece of Roman Senator Fabius Maximus but, instead of holding her prisoner, he shows her his powerful army and herds of elephants, then sets her free. He is sure she will report what she has seen to his Roman enemies. Hannibal defeats the Romans at the battle of Trebbia and sends a message to Sylvia that he is marching on Rome. Sylvia succumbs to her love of Hannibal and they have a rendezvous, but are surprised by a Roman patrol. Hannibal escapes and Sylvia is confined to the temple of the Vesta Goddess. She escapes and meets Hannibal again. Hannibal orders his brother Hasdrubal to Carthage to take over command of the reinforcements preparing to join Hannibal. Hannibals wife Danila arrives from Carthage unexpectedly and Sylvia runs away and returns to Rome, where she is tried for high treason and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"What my elephants can't conquer, I'll conquer alone!" See more »


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Trivia

Director Edgar G. Ulmer has said that Warner Bros., which released the picture in the US, had cut the film so badly that when he saw it in a theater he barely recognized it. See more »

Goofs

Towards the start of the film there is a panoramic shot of Rome. This shot includes many familiar buildings such as the Colosseum, which was not built until some 300 years after the events of the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

There were two different cuts of this movie in existence at the time of release. The version released originally in Italy and subsequently in Germany and maybe other non English speaking European countries had a running time of 95 minutes. The US release version is given with 103 minutes. The BBFC lists a submitted running time of 104m 40s. See more »

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Referenced in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

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Just plain awful.
22 January 2011 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

I don't know who the hell shot this, but I suppose I could glance at the credits and lay blame on the culprits, but since I'm lazy and irritated right now I'll just skip the formality and say that Victor Mature probably fired his agent several times over after being booked for this gig.

He is quite literally the only competent person thesping his role, all the while other actors are stiff, comical, and otherwise just plain unconvincing. But like I implied in my first paragraph, it's not even the acting (however bad by the supporting cast) that's the issue: It's the cinematography: It's the direction and shot set ups: It's poor scheduling of the extras so the most can be gotten out of them shot wise. It's everything from the awful costumes to the lack of historical accuracy, to the extreme lack of consistent production values.

The battle scenes are so poorly staged that you wonder who the hell was in charge of this thing. The acting, as mentioned, by all other than the lead (Mature) is some of the worst I've seen for a feature film. It's that bad.

Avoid this thing.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 June 1960 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Avala Studios, Belgrade, Serbia

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Liber Film See more »
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Mono (Westrex Sound)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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