Attila (2001)



During the waning days of the Roman Empire, the barbarian Huns are making their way toward Europe. A warrior named Attila (Gerard Butler) violently assumes Hun leadership and unites the warring clans under his banner. But this is not enough for him, Attila seeks to form an empire, and he sees Rome, bristling under the leadership of the incompetent Caesar Valentinian (Reg Rogers), ripe for the picking. In an attempt to quell a Hun invasion, ambitious Roman General Flavius Aetius (Powers Boothe) attempts to form an alliance with Attila against their mutual enemy, Visigoth King Theodoric (Liam Cunningham). But this plan backfires, and it soon becomes clear that a violent showdown between all three armies awaits.



Gerard Butler … Attila the Hun
Pauline Lynch … Galen
Steven Berkoff … King Rua
Andrew Pleavin … Orestes
Tommy Flanagan … Bleda
Kirsty Mitchell … Honoria
Jonathan Hyde … Felix
Tim Curry … Theodosius
Janet Henfrey … Palcharia
Liam Cunningham … King Theodoric
Rollo Weeks … Young Attila
Kate Steavenson-Payne… Lydia
Richard Lumsden … Petronius
Mark Letheren … Thorismund
Jolyon Baker … Mundzuk
David Bailie … Shaman
Powers Boothe … Flavius Aetius
Alice Krige … Placida
Simmone Mackinnon… Ildico
Reg Rogers … Valentinian
Isla Fisher … Cerca
Finbar Lynch … Valorus
Gabija Jaraminaite… Verona

Director: Dick Lowry
Writer: Robert Cochran





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