PG-13 | | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
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 ...
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.
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).
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:
$92,162 28 April 1991