Spartacus

Spartacus

DVD - 2001
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A dramatized account of the slave uprising led by laborer-turned-gladiator Spartacus, against the combined forces of the late Roman Republic. After escaping from a gladiator training ground, Spartacus convinces his fellow escapees to join him in an attempt to free all Roman slaves, and becomes the head of a massive revolt that threatens to overwhelm the power of Rome.
Publisher: [Irvington, New York] : Criterion Collection, [2001]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Copyright Date: ℗1960
ISBN: 9781559409155
1559409150
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (196 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Hollywood 10
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EvanSchoenfeld
May 06, 2017

So overflowing with grandeur, powerful confrontations of good and evil and superb technique, I think this movie could have left the audience enraged against human brutality, wanting to go out and fix the world, and that would have been fine. Does Crassus’ delicate handling of his enemy’s wife reconcile the viewer to the horrors of mass crucifixion? Gracchus was thrown in with the good guys, even though no opponent of slavery. (Neither was the historical Spartacus, this being beside the point.) If we saw Roman crimes escalate during the course of events, would it have been more hard-hitting? This is probably the best of your sword and sandal epics, and deserves better than to have me find fault with it. I, who usually favor realism and subtlety.

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sdetasnady
Dec 16, 2016

REally must be seen on the Big Screen, as the photography and scenic displays are lost on the small screen.

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 29, 2015

Fun to see again - it's been a while. Very good acting, love story, politics, etc.

Also, the Love Theme and the rest of the soundtrack by Alex North get highest marks!

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garycornell
Aug 13, 2014

Spartacus is simply one of the best films ever made. Much of the credit is easy to see. The cast of Kirk Douglas, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons are all classic actors and actress of their time. Director Stanley
Kubrick was also a great selection as director. He would be able to handle a cast of thousands and the battle scenes of an epic movie. Veteran screen writer Dalton Trumbo wrote a tight script that ran 3 hours and 18 minutes. See for yourself if the movie doesn't seem to fly on by. You are just so engrossed in the story of a single gladiator leading fellow gladiators and slaves against the armies of Rome. In 1960, Peter Ustinov would receive a Best Supporting Oscar for his performance in the movie. As you watch Spartacus notice the beauty of the soundtrack and the wonderful color of the cinematography. At times it leaves me breathless. Thank you Kirk Douglas who produced and stared in the movie. You had the vision and the talent to create a masterpiece!

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