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Attila The Hun [DVD]

Gerard Butler , Powers Boothe , Dick Lowry    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gerard Butler, Powers Boothe, Simmone Mackinnon, Reg Rogers, Alice Krige
  • Directors: Dick Lowry
  • Writers: Robert Cochran
  • Producers: Caldecot Chubb, James Jacks, Judith Craig Marlin, Michael R. Joyce, Paul Lichtman
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Mar 2002
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006K0H9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,787 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gerard Butler plays Attila, the King of the Huns, in this epic historical adventure. Attila has a vision for his people, that they can move beyond plundering and extorting their neighbours, and build an empire of their own. He subsequently begins a campaign which sees his army go from strength to strength, but the Roman General Flavius Aetius (Powers Boothe) is deteremined that Rome must continue to rule the world, and does everything in his power to prevent Atilla from realising his dream.

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Straight out of the American television movie school of historical thought, Attila the Hun is a glossy, at times long and often ridiculous re-telling of one of the great stories of Ancient Rome. How much of it is historically accurate is debatable--much of the action is ludicrously far fetched--and the image that most of us have of Attila is quite different to the bare-chested, longhaired reject from an 80s soft rock band that is presented here.

The film does have its own slightly warped charm, though. The storyline is surprisingly complex, involving plots and counter plots, and the movie does exhibit a sense of epic somewhat in the vein of Gladiator, but is sadly lacking the budget, style or talent. The acting is awful (as befits anything that stars Steven Berkoff) and reduces the political machinations of Rome to little more than Dynasty in togas. Gerrard Butler is a fine actor--as he proved in the recent TV drama The Jury--but is woeful here, delivering his lines in a bizarre trans-Atlantic Scottish accent. At three hours it's way too long, too. There does remain something strangely compelling about Atilla the Hun, though you'll find more reliable facts about Roman history in an Asterix book. --Phil Udell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Attila the Ham 5 April 2003
By Ylime
Format:VHS Tape
It really was definitely a made for TV effort. Plastic armour spotted here and there, and as another reviewer says here... 'cast of dozens'. HOWEVER! if you have a lazy sunday afternoon its worth it just to relish the eye candy which is Gerard Butler in this wonderfully hammy production. The man is a beauty, he may have been given a shoddy script, but as long as he's shirtless, who cares right?
Kind of similar to Xena warrior princess and Hercules... cheesy but fun. If you 'get' the cheesy kind of films, you'll like it... just dont take it too seriously. they werent too strict about historical fact!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent escapism! 16 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
When we sit down to watch a video we often wish to be taken a way from out hum drum lives. Attila does this. Gerard Butler is superb in his role as Atilla.Who cares what he should look like he is exactly what he needs to be - A HERO,with exceptional good looks! The story is very good, if you want historical facts then buy a school 'History' tape if you wish to be entertained and escape for several hours from work and life then watch this video. If only to wish Gerard was saying, 'Goodnight' to you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The finctional hun... 28 April 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:VHS Tape
Attila the Hun is a shadowy character in history. This is primarily due to the fact that the Huns and other peoples allied with and subject to them left little by way of written documentation. Most of what we know comes through Roman Imperial sources; even the legends that originated beyond the borders of the Eastern and Western Imperial lands were transcribed (and no doubt modified in the process) by the writers to suit their world view, if not particular political intentions.

Much of the legendary Attila has been re-worked over time so that many nations in Europe and Asia have claimed at one time or another either kinship with or victory over or subjugation to Attila. Some of these legends show forth in the movie, and others do not. This movie does not get high marks for historical accuracy. The Roman political scene is not as it is described; save for a few of the names that have been preserved, few of the events and intrigues presented in the film have any historical accuracy. Unlike films that play fast and loose with history while maintaining some integrity with the subject (notable examples include Elizabeth, I Claudius, and Pearl Harbor), this movie is, apart from the most general of frameworks of characterization, a work of fiction.

The primary historical argument I would have (beyond the fictional political intrigues which provided much of the plot) was the nearly-complete absence of the early church and its influence. This was a period in which the old Roman order was failing, both in the East and West, and the power of bishops, including Leo, bishop (pope) of Rome, was on the rise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slight dissapointment 20 May 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Atilla The Hun is a title with some promise in it, having seen Gladiator it is possible that my expectations were somewhat high.
But the battle scenes were poor excuses for battle and the uniforms of the romans displayed armor the roman legion had long since taken out of service, and the number of people involved were clearly far short of even a skirmish. The story shaves some of that and Butler and to some extent Boothe does well.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The finctional hun... 28 April 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:DVD
Attila the Hun is a shadowy character in history. This is primarily due to the fact that the Huns and other peoples allied with and subject to them left little by way of written documentation. Most of what we know comes through Roman Imperial sources; even the legends that originated beyond the borders of the Eastern and Western Imperial lands were transcribed (and no doubt modified in the process) by the writers to suit their world view, if not particular political intentions.

Much of the legendary Attila has been re-worked over time so that many nations in Europe and Asia have claimed at one time or another either kinship with or victory over or subjugation to Attila. Some of these legends show forth in the movie, and others do not. This movie does not get high marks for historical accuracy. The Roman political scene is not as it is described; save for a few of the names that have been preserved, few of the events and intrigues presented in the film have any historical accuracy. Unlike films that play fast and loose with history while maintaining some integrity with the subject (notable examples include Elizabeth, I Claudius, and Pearl Harbor), this movie is, apart from the most general of frameworks of characterization, a work of fiction.

The primary historical argument I would have (beyond the fictional political intrigues which provided much of the plot) was the nearly-complete absence of the early church and its influence. This was a period in which the old Roman order was failing, both in the East and West, and the power of bishops, including Leo, bishop (pope) of Rome, was on the rise.
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Published 7 months ago by Foutoulakis Simeon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is wonderful.I would recommend it to everyone. A great story, wonderful cast. Gerard Butler does it again. What an actor.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Margaret L. Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historic Fiction
I got this after becoming curious as to whatever happened to Rollo Weeks, the child actor. Apparently he became a lawyer, but before that he made this film in which he plays the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. A. Channing
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so epic treatment for Attila the Hun
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This made for television romanticised mini-series runs for a serious 177 minutes but is not an epic spectacular by any stretch of the imagination. Read more
Published 15 months ago by BlackBrigand
5.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of action and history.
I really enjoyed the story although it was a tad romanticised. That didn't worry me though as the story is for entertainment not a history lesson. Loved it.
Published 19 months ago by Stella1
3.0 out of 5 stars only bought this because gerard butler in it
bought 2nd hand.good quality.film is ok. butler" hammy " I am pleased i bought it cheaply because i would not
pay price of new .
Published 22 months ago by Annie
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