Spartacus (1960)

Spartacus
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Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger viewers.

Medium level violence

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Actors: Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis, Peter Ustinov, Kirk Douglas, Charles Laughton, Jean Simmons, John Gavin

This presentation of the powerful film classic features an additional five minutes of footage cut from the film's original release, plus the original overture and extended soundtrack. Director Stanley Kubrick tells the tale of Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), the bold gladiator slave and Varinia (Jean Simmons), the woman who believed in his cause. Challenged by the power-hungry General Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Spartacus is forced to face his convictions and the power of Imperial Rome at its glorious height. The inspirational tru account of man's eternal struggle for freedom, Spartacus combines history with spectacle to create a moving drama of love and commitment.

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Run Time: 189mins
File Size (Approx): 1.7 GB
Spartacus
by Jess Lomas,

“I’m Spartacus!” It’s one of the greatest lines in cinema history and is spoken in a pivotal scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 toga-fest Spartacus. When you talk of epic Hollywood films, few come close to trumping this 3-hour test of endurance. Packed with injustice, romance, action, and fights to the death, Kubrick tackles the life of Spartacus and the Third Servile War in grand fashion. Adapted by screenwriter Dalton Trumbo from the novel of the same name by Howard Fast, Kirk Douglas plays the slave named Spartacus; rebellious in nature and a natural born leader. Rescued from a death sentence by slave trader Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov,who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance), Spartacus enters gladiatorial training from which he will be sold and forced to fight for ...

“I’m Spartacus!” It’s one of the greatest lines in cinema history and is spoken in a pivotal scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 toga-fest Spartacus. When you talk of epic Hollywood films, few come close to trumping this 3-hour test of endurance. Packed with injustice, romance, action, and fights to the death, Kubrick tackles the life of Spartacus and the Third Servile War in grand fashion.

Adapted by screenwriter Dalton Trumbo from the novel of the same name by Howard Fast, Kirk Douglas plays the slave named Spartacus; rebellious in nature and a natural born leader. Rescued from a death sentence by slave trader Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov,who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance), Spartacus enters gladiatorial training from which he will be sold and forced to fight for the wealthy citizen’s entertainment. It is during his training that he meets and falls in love with a slave woman, Varinia (Jean Simmons).

When Roman general and politician Marcus Licinius Crassus (Laurence Olivier) arrives with his small party and demands to be treated to a show, four gladiators - including Spartacus - are chosen to fight to the death in an exhibition of their skills. What follows this demoralising demand is a revolt and a chain of events that will not only alter the future of Spartacus and his fellow slaves, but the future of the Roman empire.

Interestingly, Kubrick was the replacement for director Anthony Mann, who was fired by Kirk Douglas after one week of shooting. Though many doubted Kubrick’s ability to helm such an ambitious picture, it would go on to become a classic and win four Academy Awards including Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. Spartacus was also nominated for Best Film Editing and Best Music; with the haunting, and, at times, repetitious score lingering after the credits.

Tony Curtis also makes an appearance as the slave Antoninus, though it is Douglas’ performance that is iconic overall. A richly filmed and elaborate production, Spartacus is an epic undertaking for truly committed fans of cinema. Thankfully, the DVD includes a much-needed intermission for your respite.

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