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Spartacus

Spartacus

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4.82 / 5 based on 22 Reviews

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Based - as was the 1960 Stanley Kubrick epic of the same name - on Howard Fast's historical novel about the famous 1st century B.C. slave who led a massive revolt against tyrannical Roman oppressors, L szl? Seregi's ballet Spartacus is mounted by The Australian Ballet at Melbourne's Arts Centre in this release. Lisa Pavane and Steven Heathcote star; The State Orchestra of Victoria provides musical accompaniment. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide. see more...

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  • "The only thing I would say is that the effects with blood are very overly done, but I honestly could care less because I loved the series...hated that it ended!" in 1 review
  • "I couldnt get enough of the show definitely good " in 1 review
LEAR17497 Isabella P.
LEAR17497 Isabella P.
Miami, Florida
155 reviews
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Long before Russell Crowe picked up his sword and battled corrupt Roman emperors, Kirk Douglas showed him the way in "Spartacus". This epic 1960 film still ranks as one of the best performances in Douglas's distinguished career, and it marked his second collaboration with famed director Stanley Kubrick. Even more than "Gladiator", "Spartacus" is based on a real historical event, although it greatly exaggerates the actual history. Spartacus was a Roman slave in the first century AD who became a gladiator for the Romans, but then escaped and formed an enormous army (estimated at anywhere from 50,000 to 75,000) of freed slaves and gladiators. For the next year this army, under Spartacus's leadership, terrorized the Italian countryside, until they were finally trapped and destroyed in battle with the still-powerful Roman Army.

As an old-fashioned Hollywood epic, "Spartacus" doesn't disappoint the viewer - there are epic battle scenes, high drama, and some great acting by several Hollywood legends. Interestingly, the film's producers felt that the contrast between the slave-gladiators and their corrupt Roman masters would be given greater contrast if they cast British actors (Sir Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov, Charles Laughton) as the leading Roman characters, and American actors as the slaves (Douglas, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons). All of the actors listed above shine in this film - Olivier simply drips with menace and hypocrisy as the great Roman General Crassus, who will stop at nothing to crush the slave revolt and bring the entire Roman Empire under his personal control. Laughton is delightful as Gracchus, a fat and somewhat corrupt, but also clever and freedom-loving, Roman Senator who loathes Crassus
Sunita R.
Sunita R.
Doral, FL
264 reviews
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Really enjoyed this series, from the miniute i started i could not stop watching. It's really entertaining, filled with a lot of violence, killing, blood, dominace, romance, sex. Therefore it's not suited for anyone under the age of eighteen. Each episode is widly entertaining and i would absolutely recommend giving this a watch, you would not regret it.
Alma R.
Alma R.
Seattle, WA
90 reviews
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I screamed in horror when Spartacus sliced off a man's face. My boyfriend quite enjoyed it. I would watch intermittently when he would have it on and I happened to walk into the room when that scene came on. Probably the most memorable scene for him just seeing my reaction alone.
Sharon B.
Sharon B.
Bayside, NY
42 reviews
I am very interested in shows that bring you far back into the past. This is by far the best portrayal of Spartacus I've ever seen. Although they had to change the actor who played Spartacus it is still a great show. Might be hard for some people to understand but its amazing.
Zuly C.
Zuly C.
96 reviews
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This TV show was awesome I was so sad that the main character in the first season died he was a great actor , everyone should watch this serie :)
Rachel g.
Rachel g.
Miami, FL
19 reviews
This show is trash. Completely wonderful, bonkers, campy, salacious, beyond silly trash -- but trash. Expect to see lots of dismemberment and naked bodies, although to this show's credit it objectifies men just as much as it does women. It's a great show so long as you go into it expecting it to be terrible. Don't watch it with grandma.
Deann K.
Deann K.
252 reviews
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Loved every season of this. I was really hurt about the original Spartacus passing away, but the guy that replaced him did an awesome job! Some of the scenes caused me to blush and look away, but this was definitely a show I enjoyed watching all the time!
Sheila M.
Sheila M.
Avalon , CA
389 reviews
My husband and I loved the series! It was very good and had a lot fighting and kept you in suspense.
Maluhia K.
Maluhia K.
Frederick, Md
158 reviews
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It was tragic that Andy Whitfield lost his battle with cancer. He played that part of Spartacus flawlessly. To his credit thought, Liam McIntyre did a wonderful job with the role and I'm sad the series is over.
Canisha D.
Canisha D.
Pasadena, MD
40 reviews
I love this show! It was great. I got really into it. They had to change actors and after that it wasn't as good.
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