Spartacus (1960)

Original Title : Spartacus
Director : Stanley Kubrick
Writer : Howard Fast
Dalton Trumbo
Calder Willingham
Peter Ustinov
Genre : Action
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Kirk Douglas , James C. Katz , Edward Lewis (I)
Music : Alex North
Photography : Russell Metty
Clifford Stine
IMDB ID : 0054331
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Kirk Douglas Spartacus
Laurence Olivier Marcus Licinius Crassus
Jean Simmons Varinia
Charles Laughton Sempronius Gracchus
Peter Ustinov Lentulus Batiatus
John Gavin Julius Caesar
Nina Foch Helena Glabrus
John Ireland Crixus


The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes. Meanwhile, in Rome, the slave revolt has become a deciding factor in the power struggle between two senators: the republican Gracchus and the militarist Crassus, each of whom sees the fortunes of the rebellion as the key to his own rise to power or humiliating defeat. As the two statesmen attempt to aid, hinder and manipulate the rebels for their own benefit, Spartacus and his followers press on toward freedom.


Magnificent "Spartacus" is not only a spectacular epic, but a humane and often moving one, which is very rare for this genre. Overlength is the only thing that weakens it, but top-notch performances by the entire cast (especially by Laughton and Douglas, who is much better than Olivier) carry the viewer along. I don't think it's a perfect film, but compared to the silly and didactic "Ben-Hur", it's magnificent.
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