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It is the 3rd century A.D. A lazy swamp-Germanian named Hermann finds himself suddenly captured by Roman slave hunters. Dragged off to Rome, he is sold to Tusnelda. An ex-Germanian herself, she is the rich proprietress of a training school for gladiators. She mistakenly sees in Hermann the new star in the colosseum, and a likely husband for herself. Stressed by Tusnelda's womanly advances, Hermann, now re-named by Tusnelda as "Germanikus", flees from his captor, but lands in the imperial court in a very risky job: he's the official Royal Taster for the Emperor. When the Emperor "mysteriously" dies, Germanikus is the prime suspect. Once again on the run, this time he is caught and condemned to certain death - in the colosseum! With the help of a slave-girl named Saba, he wins in single combat with a tiger, is declared the new Emperor against his will, and as such, brings about the fall of the Roman Empire!

He has to flee again, now back home to mama! But with Saba as his empress, a whole new set of prospects awaits him in Germania ...

Hanns Christian Mueller was born in 1949 in Munich. He has worked in various theaters, including the Muenchner Kammerspiele, since 1974. He began working in television in 1978 and moved into cinema with the cult-films Kehraus (1983) and man spricht deutsh (1987). His other films include: Longer Saturday (Langer Samstag, 1992), the Tatort-episode ... und die Musi spielt dazu (TV, 1994), Willkommen in Kronstadt (TV, 1996), and Germanikus (2001).
Genre Comedy, History
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Hanns Christian Mueller
Screenplay Hans Weth, Hanns Christian Mueller, Gerhard Polt, Franco Ferrini
Cinematography Fred Schuler (A.S.C.)
Gerd Berner
Ralf Wengenmayr
Tonio Zera, Eleonora Ponzoni, Daniela Voccia
Cast Gisela Schneeberger, Moritz Bleibtreu, Rufus Beck, Gerhard Polt, Sylviane Aissatou Thiam, Nadja Rinaldi, Tom Gerhard
Producer Hans Weth
Production Company Vision Film, Munich, in co-production with B.A. Produktion/Munich, Constantin Film Produktion
Length 87 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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