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Hannibal (2006)

It is 200 years before the birth of Christ and Rome is the new superpower of the ancient world. She believes she is invincible - but one man is destined to change that. He is a man bound by... See full summary »

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Edward Bazalgette
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Alexander Siddig ... Hannibal
Emilio Doorgasingh ... Maharbal
Bashar Rahal ... Hasdrubal
Mido Hamada ... Mago
Hristo Mitzkov Hristo Mitzkov ... Gisko
Shaun Dingwall ... Scipio
Tristan Gemmill ... Gaius Terentius Varro
Ben Cross ... Fabius Maximus
Valentin Ganev ... Lucius Aemilius Paullus
Rob Dixon Rob Dixon ... Publius Scipio
Hristo Mutafchiev Hristo Mutafchiev ... Vandicar
Teodora Duhovnikova ... Imilce (as Teodora Ivanova)
Vincent Riotta ... Hanno the Great
Ivan Petrushinov Ivan Petrushinov ... Boii Chief
Kenneth Cranham ... Self - Narrator (voice)
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It is 200 years before the birth of Christ and Rome is the new superpower of the ancient world. She believes she is invincible - but one man is destined to change that. He is a man bound by oath to avenge the wrongs inflicted on his home and, in pursuit of revenge, he will stop at nothing. Hannibal explores the man behind the myth, revealing what drove the 26-year-old to mastermind one of the most audacious military moves in history. With 40,000 soldiers and 37 elephants, he marched 1,500 miles to challenge his enemies on their own soil. It was an act so daring that few people believed it possible. Hannibal combines drama, the latest historical research and state-of-the-art CGI to bring this spectacular story to life. Written by Melissa Lowery

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[after sacrificing]
Barca: Put your hands in the blood.
[Hannibal does]
Barca: "I swear..."
Young Hannibal: I swear...
Barca: "That for as long as I live..."
Young Hannibal: That for as long as I live.
Barca: "I will be an enemy of Rome."
Young Hannibal: I will be an enemy of Rome.
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This exciting Television movie blends historic documentary , drama and spectacular battles
21 February 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is an epic documentary and fiction film released by History channel . Hannibal history is imaginatively brought to the life on impressive images with great production values by thousands of extras and state-of-the-art FX , including computer generator shots , recreating faithfully his army with 40,000 soldiers and 37 elephants . Sword cross , drama and documentary abound in this spellbinding adaptation on audacious Hannibal existence , one of the most glorious military in the History .

Hannibal (Alexander Siddig) made an oath in the presence his father , Amilcar Barca , to revenge the injustice inflicted on his country , Charthago .His sons Hannibal, Mago (Hamada) and Asdrubal gather together for battling the Romans . It was an act so daring that few people believed it possible . Hannibal broke the ¨statu quo¨, he crossed river Ebro, the natural frontier between the Roman power and the Charthaginian and he attacked Sagunto allied of Roma , causing the second Punic war . The mastermind Charthaginian commander going on crossing the Pyrinees and Alps with a colossal Army : 5o.ooo military,9.ooo horses and 37 elephants transported from Africa . He marched 1,500 miles to challenge his enemies on their own soil . Hannibal vanquished the Roman Army in several battles : Trevia (218) , lake Trasimeno (217) which caused a great commotion and Roma appointed a Dictator named Favio Maximus (Ben Cross) . Finally ,the Romans suffered the greatest defeat : Cannas(216) . Then , it was appointed the commander Publio Cornelius Scipion (Rob Dixon) who achieved defeat the Charthaginians and he took Cartago Nova and Gades and beheaded to Asdrúbal , whose head was sent his brother Hannibal . While , Hannibal hoped reinforcements from Chartago , Publio Cornelio Escipion the African disembarked in Africa and threaten Chartago . Then , Hannibal returned to Africa for confronting against Escipion . And Hannibal was ultimately defeated in Zama (202) , in spite of getting a most numbered Army . He flees and takes refuge under king Antioco III in Syria and he , posteriorly , committed suicide.

This TV movie , though semi-documentary and historical research , is well played by an excellent plethora of fine British actors . Alexander Siddig as Hannibal is magnificent, he is usual in costumer roles , in a Lawrence of Arabia (1991 with Ralph Fiennes) version played king Feisal ; besides , he played in Kingdom of heaven , Reign of fire and Syriana (as the Oriental prince). The famed actor Ben Cross (Chariots of fire) plays splendidly as Favio Máximo . The prestigious secondary actor Kenneth Cranham actuates as voice narrator in off . The movie will appeal to people enamored with historic event and epic feats.


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English

Release Date:

14 May 2006 (UK) See more »

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Hannibal: The Fall of Carthage See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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