PG-13 | | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.
Although Anthony Mann was fired as director by Kirk Douglas, he tried to get Douglas to take the lead role in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), and the following year, the two made The Heroes of Telemark (1965) together.
In the last century before the birth of the new faith called Christianity, which was destined to overthrow the pagan tyranny of Rome and bring about a new society, the Roman Republic stood at the very center of the civilized world. "Of all things ...
During the scene where the slaves are storming a wall, the slaves who die at the wall can be seen rolling under it to jump over again later.
The opening titles appear in a montage of silhouetted Roman sculptures and tablets, which evokes the strength and power of the Roman Empire. The montage ends with a zoom into the eye of a crumbling Roman bust, which hints at the Empire's coming decline and fall.
After its premiere the film was heavily cut and wasn't shown in its complete form until 1991, when a restored version was re-released. Among the restored scenes is one where where Marcus Licinius (Laurence Olivier) tries to seduce Antonius (Tony Curtis) in the bath. The soundtrack was damaged, so Anthony Hopkins was called in to dub Olivier's lines.