Spartacus Movie Review 1960

Information and Film Reviews for Spartacus the Movie

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The true story of a gladiator who leads other slaves in a rebellion against the power of Rome in 73 B.C. The rebellion is put down and the rebels are crucified. Douglas, whose political leanings are amply on display herein, also served as executive producer, surrounding himself with the best talent available. Magnificent climactic battle scene features 8,000 real, live Spanish soldiers to stunning effect. A version featuring Kubrick's "director's cut" is also available, featuring a restored, controversial homoerotic bath scene with Olivier and Curtis. Anthony Mann is uncredited as co-director. A boxoffice triumph that gave Kubrick much-desired financial independence.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 196 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Slavery, True Stories, Restored Footage, Top Grossing Films of 1960, Rome--Ancient, 4 Bones
Dalton Trumbo
Vinton (Hayworth) Haworth, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Tony Curtis, Charles Laughton, Herbert Lom, Nina Foch, Woody Strode, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, John Ireland, Charles McGraw, Joanna Barnes
Russell Metty
Stanley Kubrick
Alex North
Bryna Company


Oscars 1960: Art Dir./Set Dec., Color, Color Cinematog., Costume Des. (C), Support. Actor (Ustinov); Golden Globes 1961: Film--Drama.

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