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Attila (2001)

Attila (2001)






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Attila the Hun, fabled leader of a band of nomadic warriors who fearlessly took on the might of the Roman Empire, has his life story brought to the screen in this two-part miniseries. Attila (Gerard Butler) raised an army from the people of Caspia, and in time created a fighting force so strong that they received an annual tribute from the leaders of Rome as an inducement not to attack. Not all Romans were happy with this situation, and in time it was decided that General Aetius (Powers Boothe), a brave yet unscrupulous leader who attempted to usurp the rule of Empress Placidia (Alice Krige), was the only man who could confront Attila on his own terms. Aetius recognized Attila's skills as a leader, and decided the best way to prevent him from invading Rome was to lead him into an alliance, as Rome and the Huns joined forces against a third nation. But despite their mutual respect, it soon became apparent that only one man could be the undisputed leader in a meeting between Rome and the Huns. Attila also features Tim Curry as Theodosius, Simmone Jade MacKinnon as N'Kara, and Reg Rogers as Valentinian. Attila was first aired on the USA Cable Network on January 30 and 31, 2001.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Cochran
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 3, 2001


Powers Boothe
as Flavius Aetius
Tim Curry
as Theodosius, Leader ...
Simmone Mackinnon
as N'Kara/Ildico
Rollo Weeks
as Young Attila
Alice Krige
as Placidia
Reg Rogers
as Valentinian
Liam Cunningham
as King Theodoric
Pauline Lynch
as Galen the Soothsayer
Jolyon Baker
as Mundzak
Sian Phillips
as Attila's Grandmother
Jonathan Hyde
as Felix, Placida's Con...
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Audience Reviews for Attila

Gerard Butler and Powers Boothe, first friends then enemies, drive this biopic that serves as a history lesson really about a name far more popular and remembered than the deeds of this larger than life bloodthirsty character. For a television production its values are quite good if whitewashed. Attila is portrayed as the guy next door driven to unusual lengths by the acts of others in this telling, and not the ambition driven dynamo that history usually paints him as. Butler just manages to keep his head above water with the requirements the acting job makes on him, while Powers Boothe comes across as the real star of the show, a malevolent spider with his sticky claws in everything and he holds the thing together. Learn about the start of the Dark Ages, why not?

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Made-for-TV quality. The famous Gerard Butler doesn't really shine. I'm still not convinced it was really him....

Christian C

Super Reviewer

For a TV-made movie, this is an excellent historical action pic, although I'm willing to bet the writers covered the real Attilla in a sugary-sweet coating. I have my doubts that he was this decent of a guy. Turned me on (boy did it ever!) to Gerard Butler too.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

Attila Quotes

Attila: You Romans play with kings and nations as a child plays with toys.
Flavius Aetius: I go back to Rome soon. Come with me, and learn how the world is ruled. Find out if Rome really does play with nations as though they were toys. There is no-one like you in Rome, and no-one like me here. You and I can do great things together
Attila: If we don't kill each other first.
– Submitted by Frank M (3 years ago)
Flavius Aetius: Civilized men are easy to conquer, but civilization still belongs to the civilized, not the barbarians.
Attila: It belongs to whoever is strong enough to take it.
– Submitted by Frank M (3 years ago)
Attila: Trickery and deceit. That is the way of the Romans, not of the Huns.
Flavius Aetius: Yes, but which way rules the world?
– Submitted by Frank M (3 years ago)
Attila: I thought that the War God had refused me a sign, but I was wrong. What better sign than an enemy prepared to fight?
– Submitted by Frank M (3 years ago)

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