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Barbarossa (2009)

German Emperor Barbarossa will stop at nothing to conquer and build his empire. But a young man from Milan, along with his army of 900 men known as the Company of Death, is prepared to challenge the Emperor.

Director:

Renzo Martinelli

Writers:

Renzo Martinelli (story), Giorgio Schottler (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Federico Barbarossa
Raz Degan ... Alberto da Giussano
F. Murray Abraham ... Siniscalco Barozzi
Christo Jivkov ... Gherardo Negro
Antonio Cupo ... Alberto dell'Orto
Cécile Cassel ... Beatrice di Borgogna
Kasia Smutniak ... Eleonora
Ángela Molina ... Ildegarda di Binden (as Angela Molina)
Elena Bouryka ... Antonia
Hristo Shopov Hristo Shopov ... Rinaldo di Dassel
Federica Martinelli Federica Martinelli ... Tessa
Maurizio Tabani Maurizio Tabani ... Giovanni da Giussano
Riccardo Cicogna ... Wibaldo
Gian Marco Tavani Gian Marco Tavani ... Lorenzo della Pigna
Robert Alexander Baer Robert Alexander Baer ... Alberto as a Child
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German Emperor Barbarossa will stop at nothing to conquer and build his empire. But a young man from Milan, along with his army of 900 men known as the Company of Death, is prepared to challenge the Emperor.

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 October 2009 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Sword of War See more »

Filming Locations:

Transylvania, Romania See more »

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Budget:

€30,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (2 parts) (TV) | (Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Part of the budget of the movie come from the Lega Nord, an italian political party that wants the separation between north and south Italy and has in the symbol the legendary warrior Alberto da Giussano. The leader of this party, Umberto Bossi, played a cameo in the movie. See more »

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Decent movie, well made; could have been better.
29 October 2012 | by cjinglaterraSee all my reviews

First, while I only gave this film 5 stars, it really isn't bad. Apart from an instance where a horse made a sound I considered unlikely under the circumstances based on my experience with them, my beef is that this movie is so much less than what it could have been. It could have been an epic, but they missed the bar. It could also have made a good patriotic film such as the Russian film 1612, had they shifted the focus a little more on the Milanese and slightly less on Barbarossa, filmed it in Italian (It is an Italian film, after all.), and livened it up a tad.

Bottom line, if you're a fan of this sort of movie as I am, watch it. It isn't that great, but I do not regret the time spent watching it. It just could have been better. If, on the other hand, you feel no attraction to films of this type, and are merely looking for a good movie to burn some time on, you might want to look elsewhere. Not to scare you off, though. Who knows, you might enjoy it.

If you like this movie, try 1612. That is the movie I was most reminded of watching this one.


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