Spartacus (1960)

PG-13   |    |  Adventure, Biography, Drama


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The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.


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3 March 2019 | alansabljakovic-39044
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| Gladiator prequel or sequel
Another Kubrick's masterpiece and very influential movie in it's genre. Kirk Douglas did great job as Spartacus but for me the best charachter in this movie was Laurence Olivier as Crassus. He brings on of the best villain performances I've ever seen. Spartacus had a lot of influence on Ridley Scoot's Gladiator, from way of acting (especially the similarity between Joaquin Pheonix and Laurence Olivier's character) to the way camera moves and shots are taken. This is truely a great historical film and a classic you should see. It will be hard for me to rank it amongst other Kubrick's films but I will try it (don't get angry if you disagree).

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Universal Pictures trimmed several action scenes, along with political content that was deemed subversive. Apparently, the studio feared that if this movie had a chance of winning, viewers would perceive it as Communist, especially after using openly Communist screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was unabashed in his political views, and even wrote a book about them.


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Narrator: 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 ...


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When the slave gladiators revolt and break out of the kitchen, they make for a tall wrought-iron fence, each spindle in the fence is one lone piece with a spear point at the top of each. The slaves manage to knock down a section of this fence, with about 10 pointed spindles. A number of them take up the section of fence and run at the guards. While it might be an interesting idea, as they run at the guards, the ones in their path just lay down. The section of fence passes over them and continues on. While the soldiers were never touched they can be seen laying on the ground making themselves as small as possible with their shields over them. Without wounds they continue to lay there. They lied down before the fence hit them simply because they didn't want to be hit and hoped to be spared the slaves' rage.


Crazy Credits

The six main cast members are accompanied by an item that represents their character (a chain, a Roman eagle, a wine jug, a couple of hands - one wielding a snake, and a sword).


Alternate Versions

The film premiered at 202 minutes. However, the prints from the premiere were lost in the 1970s when Universal threw out all the film's tracks, outtakes, additional prints etc. (This was parallel to 'John Landis'' claim during his work on creating the director's cut of The Blues Brothers (1980)). The Criterion Collection has 4 minutes of lost scenes involving the Gracchus subplot:

  • 1.) After the first senatorial meeting scene, Gracchus and Caesar walk around the market discussing the dirty tactic of fishing votes. (Shown in production-still form)
  • 2.) Gracchus commits suicide by slitting his wrist in the bathtub. This occurred immediately after he closes the curtain near the end of the film. Only the audio track was found in the studio vault.

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Adventure | Biography | Drama | History | War

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