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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.


Powers Boothe
as Flavius Aetius
Tim Curry
as Theodosius, Leader of Constantinople
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 Consort
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Critic Reviews for Attila

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

The film would serve as an entertaining educational tool if it weren't for excessive blood and a generous amount of exposed skin.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…
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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
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
Christian C

Super Reviewer


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'.

Deb S
Deb S

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