1960 Stanley Kubrick film recounting the story of a gladiator who led a slave revolt


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"Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast. The life story of the historical figure Spartacus and the events of the Third Servile War were adapted by Dalton Trumbo as a screenplay. The film stars Kirk Douglas as rebellious slave Spartacus and Laurence Olivier as his foe, the Roman general and politician Marcus Licinius Crassus. Co-starring are Peter Ustinov (who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as slave trader Lentulus Batiatus), John Gavin (as Julius Caesar), Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, John Ireland, Herbert Lom, Woody Strode, Tony Curtis, John Dall and Charles McGraw. The film won four Oscars in all. ..."

Cast and Crew

Kirk DouglasSpartacus
Stanley KubrickDirector

Video Products

Spartacus (1960), 31 Mar 1998
Spartacus (50th Anniversary Edition), 25 May 2010
Spartacus (The Criterion Collection), 24 Apr 2001


Spartacus (1960)
    by Jon Osborne, Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video, 2001
"It tells the story of Spartacus, a slave trained as a gladiator who leads other slaves in a nearly successful rebellion and escape from the pre-Christian Roman Empire. ... In the end, it's clear that slavery for even a few is literally incompatible with freedom for anyone. This enjoyable (if long) antislavery film is one of the few movies to really do justice to the word spectacle."


Spartacus - Official Trailer [1960], 1960
Includes scenes where Spartacus breaks "the symbol of the Senate" (fasces baton) in two, and where he tells Varinia (his wife) that he prays "for a son who'll be born free"