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A documentary about the rise and fall of the Hittite empire, which existed about 3500 years ago in what is now central Turkey.


Tolga Örnek


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Credited cast:
Haluk Bilginer ... King III. Hattuþili
Jeremy Irons ... Narrator
Sanem Çelik Sanem Çelik ... Puduhepa
Burak Sergen Burak Sergen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yesim Aliç Yesim Aliç
Asli Altaylar Asli Altaylar
Gary Beckman Gary Beckman ... Himself - University of Michigan
Trevor Bryce Trevor Bryce ... Himself - Author
Billie Jean Collins Billie Jean Collins ... Herself - Emory University
Ali Dinçol Ali Dinçol ... Himself - Istanbul University
Gülhan Elmalioglu Gülhan Elmalioglu
Atilla Eroglu Atilla Eroglu
Gaballa Ali Gaballa Gaballa Ali Gaballa ... Himself - Cairo University (as G.A. Gaballa)
David Hawkins David Hawkins ... Himself - University of London Archaelogist
Cumhuriyet Kiper Cumhuriyet Kiper


A documentary about the rise and fall of the Hittite empire, which existed about 3500 years ago in what is now central Turkey.

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9 May 2003 (Turkey) See more »

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Hittites See more »

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1.85 : 1
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A lost and less known civilization, revived successfully.
16 October 2004 | by kayabaySee all my reviews

Hittites are a lost and less known civilization lived thousands of years ago, tens of decades before Christ in Anatolia, the cradle of ancient civilizations. The movie is rather a full length documentary and a fine told story about 120 minutes.

I watched the DVD version which was also well prepared even with some bonus DVD giving out the details and efforts on how the film was made.

Tolga Örnek, a young and hard-working Turkish director, who is well known with his two consequent documentaries Atatürk and Mount Nemrut which were also successful, wrote, designed and directed Hittites.

The movie used digital technology as well as filming on locations in Turkey, Syria and Egypt took almost 2 years to be prepared. Several archaeologists were interviewed and a fine cast of Turkish film industry took role in dramatizations.

The most important role of Hittites in history were that they had been a bridge between the west & the east, they had improved diplomacy and maintained peace not only with wars but politics, and most importantly they had written down what they did for the next generations.

The visual effects including models and computer animation makes the movie look like a high budget one, though I presume most of the budget was spent on research, post production and location shots.

With the beautiful original soundtrack and the wonderful nature shots made in Anatolian landscape, the story goes smooth and mysterious as the Hittites were.

As a result, I highly recommend the movie especially to people devoted in history and world peace.

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