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as Flavius Aetius
as Theodosius, Leader of Constantinople
as King Rua
as Young Attila
as King Theodoric
as Galen the Soothsayer
as Attila's Grandmother
as Felix, Placida's Consort
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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?
Made-for-TV quality. The famous Gerard Butler doesn't really shine. I'm still not convinced it was really him....
Attila the film is a biopic of a great Hun who was a shrewd tactician who cared deeply about the welfare of his people, genuinely believed his conquered subjects were better off under him, and therefore strived to rule with justice. Rollo Weeks was only in the very beginning of the movie as young Attila, but his acting was wonderful! I viewed Attila because I wanted to see more of Gerard Butler THE ACTOR and I was not disappointed. The adult Attila played by Butler, was quite good at capturing Attila's warlike side and his more cerebral, introspective side. This fantastic Scottish rogue was captivating and so gorgeously handsome that it was a little difficult to pay attention to his acting when all I could think of is his good looks and what was under his armor. And those eyes wow!!!!! Nevertheless I got to learn more about a historical figure who always intrigued me. The screenplay shows his respect to the great Roman strategist Flavius Aetius magnificently played by Powers Boothe who used his mind as primary weapon and his influence as power combined with an almost Machiavellian ruthlessness. I also liked Pauline Lynch as Galen the witch. The look she gives him after teasing him about the feisty red-haired woman is so poignant. I feel like her. 'Here's this amazing guy that will never notice me, the crazy toadstool'.
|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.|
|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.|
|Attila:||Trickery and deceit. That is the way of the Romans, not of the Huns.|
|Flavius Aetius:||Yes, but which way rules the world?|
|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?|