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  • Approved
  • 1959
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 5.2  (1,102)

In Hannibal, a 1959 epic historical drama, director Edgar Ulmer tells the story of the legendary Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca's march on Rome during the Second Punic War. Victor Mature stars as Hannibal, Gabriele Ferzetti plays Maharbal, Hannibal's trusted adviser, and Rita Gam portrays a beautiful Roman hostage named Sylvia.

The film opens with Hannibal's father, the Carthaginian General Hamilcar Barca, taking young Hannibal to an altar to swear an oath of vengeance against Rome. Years later, Hannibal's army is making its way through the Alps, en route to Italy, with elephants in tow. The journey is perilous, and the obstacles of the Alps, along with attacks from hostile tribes, only exacerbate the challenges of the journey.

As Hannibal's army marches through Italy, they wage war on the Roman legions, winning a crushing victory at the Battle of Cannae, one of the greatest military victories in history. However, the Romans soon begin to gain the upper hand, and even Hannibal's tactical brilliance is not enough to overcome the Roman forces.

Throughout the film, Hannibal faces overwhelming odds, treacherous enemies, and internal struggles within his own forces. He is a complex figure, at times merciless and bloodthirsty, at others charismatic and inspiring. As his army is worn down by the Romans, Hannibal is forced to make difficult decisions, including sacrificing his own loved ones to achieve victory.

The story of Hannibal's march on Rome is also one of tragic romance, as he falls in love with Sylvia, the beautiful Roman hostage. Their love is dangerous and doomed, as Hannibal's actions are driven solely by his desire for revenge against Rome.

The film is visually stunning, with sweeping shots of exotic landscapes and intricate battle scenes. The costuming and attention to historical detail are also impressive, immersing the viewer in the world of ancient Carthage and Rome.

Overall, Hannibal is a gripping epic about one of history's most legendary military leaders. Victor Mature's portrayal of Hannibal is powerful and memorable, and the film's pacing and visual style keep the viewer engaged throughout. It's a must-see for fans of historical drama and ancient warfare.

Hannibal is a 1959 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.2.

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    1 hr 44 min
  • IMDB Rating
    5.2  (1,102)