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Release Date: 1960

DVD Release Date: March 31st, 1998

PG-13|3 hr 4 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Tony Curtis, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Nina Foch

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Bryna Productions, Universal Pictures

Keywords: Engaging, Inspiring, Rise, Revenge, Murder, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Spartacus stands up handsomely. At times it's even stirring, as in Woody Strode's performance as the African gladiator who, in sparing Spartacus' life, opens his eyes. Spartacus is one of Hollywood's great comic strips. [3 May 1991, p.45]

  • Spartacus isn't the greatest epic ever made, but it's head and shoulders above most of the sword-and-sandal wheezers that came out in the '50s and '60s. And, given the prohibitive costs of shooting an epic today, it's the kind of movie we're not likely to see anymore -- except in well-deserved revivals like this one. [13 May 1991, p.E1]

  • The most entertaining performance in the movie, consistently funny, is by Ustinov, who upstages everybody when he is onscreen (he won an Oscar). show more

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Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1961)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Cinematography (Color)
Nominated Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner Art Direction (Color)
Winner Costume Design (Color)
Nominated Film Editing