Hannibal - The Nightmare of Rome

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German title Hannibal - The Nightmare of Rome
Original title Hannibal - Rome's Worst Nightmare
Country of production United Kingdom
original language English
Publishing year 2006
length 89 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Edward Bazalgette
script Matthew Faulk ,
Mark Skeet
production Ailsa Orr
music Ty Unwin
camera Mike Spragg
cut Mark Gravil

Hannibal - The Nightmare of Rome (Original title: Hannibal - Rome's Worst Nightmare ) is a dramatized documentary produced by the BBC from 2006 about the Carthaginian military leader Hannibal .

The British - Sudanese actor Alexander Siddig took on the title role . Mido Hamada , Emilio Doorgasingh , Shaun Dingwall , Tristan Gemmill , Ben Cross and Vincent Riotta can also be seen in other roles .

The film focuses on Hannibal's campaign during the Second Punic War .


At a young age, Hannibal Barkas was taught by his father to see a bitter archenemy in Rome . He grows up with the conviction that he is avenging the defeat his father suffered in the First Punic War .

In 219 BC In BC Hannibal attacks the city of Sagunto , located in today's Spain , knowing full well that this act will provoke Saguntum's allies Rome. His plan proves successful. Fabius Maximus, sent by the Roman Senate, declares war on Carthage. As a result, Hannibal begins to raise his multiethnic-multinational army, consisting of southern Europeans and north Africans. Against the will of his brothers, Mago and Hasdrubal, and his loyal follower Maharbal, Hannibal decides to take the battle to Rome and not to fight a defensive battle as in the first war. He also tells his men to take the daring route across the Alps . Hasdrubal is left behind to protect the Carthaginian provinces on mainland Europe, as is Hannibal's wife Imilce as a prisoner to prevent the people from overflowing to Rome.

On their march from Spain, via Gaul to Italy , the huge army encountered its first problems. Not only does she get ambushed by the Gauls, but also has to contend with shortages of supplies and disease. Meanwhile, the Roman troops prepare for the attack on Carthage. Publius Scipio, one of the two military consuls, and his son, who are stationed on the Rhone in southern Gaul, miss Hannibal's army, which is already marching towards the Alps. They plan to attack them on the other side when Hannibal's troops are weakened by the long march.

The route over the Alps proves to be deadly for humans and animals. In addition to horses, Hannibal also leads 35 elephants to Italy. When the other side was reached, about half of Hannibal's army fell victim to hunger and climatic conditions. Hannibal still believes in victory. He succeeds in winning enemies of Rome over to his cause in northern Italy. After a first battle against the small army of the Scipio clan, in the course of which Publius was almost killed by an arrow, Sempronius Longus, the second military consul, took command. Hannibal shows tactical sophistication in each of his battles and uses the element of surprise. In the Battle of Trebia and Lake Trasimeno , Hannibal's soldiers kill nearly 35,000 Roman soldiers, including Longus.

Rome is panicking more and more as Hannibal is already dangerously close to the city. While Fabius Maximus wants to play for a while, the young and ambitious Gaius Terentius Varro prevails with his plan to seek the decisive battle instead. So it comes to the battle of Cannae in southern Italy . Around 40,000 Carthaginians face a Roman army that is almost twice as large. Hannibal succeeds in surrounding the Roman army and almost completely destroying it. With this victory he inflicted the greatest military defeat on Rome. Hannibal subsequently refrains from taking Rome because he is of the opinion that one does not have to destroy Rome to prove that one has won the war. This in turn plays into the cards of Fabius Maximus' tactics. Since Hannibal hesitates, Rome can restore its army and begins to decimate and starve the Carthaginian troops piece by piece.

Hannibal then asks for further support for the war. While his brother Hasdrubal and his troops set out on the march to Italy, but are discovered and smashed, the political leadership, above all Hanno the Great, refrain from promising Hannibal any further support, as they are of the opinion that the war is already over cost the lives of too many Carthaginians.

After a stalemate in the conflict over Italy, the son of Publius Scipio seeks the decisive battle with Hannibal. During the last three years of the ongoing war, the young commandant learned to study Hannibal's tactics. At the Battle of Zama in what is now Tunisia , the two generals face each other. Scipio uses his tactical knowledge and can defeat the Carthaginian general with his tactics. Even Hannibal's war elephants prove to be ineffective, as the Romans lured them into deadly corridors, forced them to turn and subsequently attacked their own troops. Hannibal still manages to escape. He spends the next time in exile and is still bitterly wanted by Scipio. The film ends with Hannibal committing suicide by poison and thus does not fall into the arms of the Romans.

Origin and production

The film was shot largely in Bulgaria . It was first broadcast on German television on May 5, 2006. On May 14th, it was broadcast on the BBC .


The German dubbing was done by the Scalamedia dubbing company in Munich.

role actor Voice actor
Hannibal Barkas Alexander Siddig Marcus Off
Maharbal Emilio Doorgasingh Frank Engelhardt
Mago Barkas Mido Hamada Ole Pfennig
Hasdrubal Barkas Bashar Rahal Pascal Breuer
Publius Scipio Shaun Dingwall Philipp Moog
Gaius Tenetius Varro Tristan Gemmill Martin Halm
Fabius Maximus Ben Cross Crock Krumbiegel
Publius Scipio Africanus Rob Dixon Walter von Hauff
Imilce Teodora Duhovnikova Shandra Schadt
Hanno the Great Vincent Riotta Ekkehardt Belle
teller Kenneth Cranham Christoph Jablonka

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for Hannibal - The Nightmare of Rome . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , May 2006 (PDF; test number: 106 295 DVD).
  2. Hannibal - The Nightmare of Rome. In: synchronkartei.de. German synchronous index , accessed on October 18, 2016 .