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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Vincent Riotta ... Hanno the Great
Ivan Petrushinov Ivan Petrushinov ... Boii Chief
Kenneth Cranham ... Himself - 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Annivas See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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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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Good but wayyy to short....
12 December 2006 | by userwithnonameSee all my reviews

The BBC makes a lot of good historical documentaries and the story of Hannibal has everything needed for a great one. This treatment was very far from it, simply because it was too short. Given the length of Hannibal's campaign, much longer than Alexander's, a two hour documentary would be the minimum.

Okay, BBC doesn't have the budget and our knowledge of Hannibal is incomplete, not to mention that much of what we do know is in contention. Still, Hannibal's genius didn't just lie in his crossing of the alps and Cannae, but in general logistics. His being able to outmaneuver his opponents again and again. I would love to have seen the crossing of the Rhone, both Trebbia and Trasimene, and a lot more detail on Cannae and Zama, all of which are timeless classics in classical history. The fact that our knowledge is incomplete also allows for a lot of opportunists for informed guesswork and gap-filling, which the producers have missed out on.

All this is a huge shame because Siddig was a very believable Hannibal and a good actor. In general, BBC documentaries do history much better than Hollywood, because attention is given to accuracy, and the target audience is more specific. It's just unfortunate that they're limited by such things and budget and time constraints. Given the length of this show, it is unlikely that it will be released on DVD, and it will be a long time before there will be another attempt at Hannibal...


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