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Sword of War (2009)

Barbarossa (original title)
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 ... Rinaldo di Dassel
Federica Martinelli Federica Martinelli ... Tessa
Maurizio Tabani Maurizio Tabani ... Giovanni da Giussano
Riccardo Cicogna ... Wibaldo
Gian Marco Tavani ... Lorenzo della Pigna
Robert Alexander Baer Robert Alexander Baer ... Alberto - as a Child
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Storyline

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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Battlefields run red with warriors' blood. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Part of the budget came from the Lega Nord, an Italian political party that wants separation between north and south Italy and has in the symbol the legendary warrior Alberto da Giussano. The leader of this party, Umberto Bossi, had a small part. in the movie. See more »

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Truly Awful
27 September 2010 | by debniakSee all my reviews

The only reason I didn't give this a "1" was because some of the cinematography was decent. However, even the best cinematography can't save a film from truly bad acting, a horrible script, poor directing and sloppy editing.

The only good acting I saw in this movie came from F. Murray Abraham. All the rest were... well, not even good amateurs. They seemed to have no training or experience in acting at all. Their characters were entirely unbelievable.

I'm not the least bit surprised to see that this flick lost money. Someone should do us all a favor and lose all the prints, copies, DVDs, etc. Don't waste any portion of your life on this movie -- find something, anything else to watch.


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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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Box Office

Budget:

EUR30,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,189,887
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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