Spartacus

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Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a rebellious slave purchased by Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), owner of a school for gladiators. For the entertainment of corrupt Roman senator Marcus Licinius Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Batiatus' gladiators are to stage a fight to the death. On the night before the event, the enslaved trainees are "rewarded" with female companionship. Spartacus' companion for the evening is Varinia (Jean Simmons), a slave from Brittania. When Spartacus later learns that Varinia has been sold to Crassus, he leads 78 fellow gladiators in revolt. Word of the rebellion spreads like wildfire, and soon Spartacus' army numbers in the hundreds. Escaping to join his cause is Varinia, who has fallen in love with Spartacus, and another of Crassus' house slaves, the sensitive Antoninus (Tony Curtis). The revolt becomes the principal cog in the wheel of a political struggle between Crassus and a more temperate senator named Gracchus (Charles Laughton). Anthony Mann was the original director of Spartacus, eventually replaced by Stanley Kubrick, who'd previously guided Douglas through Paths of Glory. The film received 4 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Ustinov. A crucial scene between Olivier and Curtis, removed from the 1967 reissue because of its subtle homosexual implications, was restored in 1991, with a newly recorded soundtrack featuring Curtis as his younger self and Anthony Hopkins standing in for the deceased Olivier. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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auth_author2 Curtis, Tony, 1925-2010., Dornhelm, Robert., Douglas, Kirk, 1916-, Fast, Howard, 1914-2003., Gavin, John, 1928-, Kubrick, Stanley, 1928-, Kubrick, Stanley., Laughton, Charles, 1899-1962., Lewis, Edward., Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989., Simmons, Jean, 1929-2010., Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976., Ustinov, Peter.
author2-role Bryna Productions, Inc., Criterion Collection (Firm), Curtis, Tony,1925-2010., Dornhelm, Robert., Douglas, Kirk,1916-, Fast, Howard,1914-2003., Fast, Howard,1914-2003.Spartacus., Gavin, John,1928-, Kubrick, Stanley,1928-, Kubrick, Stanley., Laughton, Charles,1899-1962., Lewis, Edward., Olivier, Laurence,1907-1989., Simmons, Jean,1929-2010., Trumbo, Dalton,1905-1976., Universal Pictures (Firm), Ustinov, Peter.
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display_description Stanley Kubrick directed a cast of screen legends--including Kirk Douglas as the indomitable gladiator who led a Roman slave revolt--in the sweeping epic that defined a genre and ushered in a new Hollywood era. The assured acting, lush Technicolor cinematography, bold costumes and visceral fight sequences won "Spartacus" four Oscars. Spartacus 2004: Based on Howard Fast's acclaimed novel, Goran Visnjic stars as Spartaus, the epic tale of one man's leadership during one of history's most legendary fights for freedom. Sold into slavery as a young boy after witnessing his father's murder, Spartacus grows up to lead the slave revolt against Rome's powerful generals and politicians.
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