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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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  • "I couldnt get enough of the show definitely good " in 1 review
  • "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
Megan T.
Rogersville, TN
7 reviews
WHY did it have to end!! it was sooo good. but it is not a show you want to watch when your children or kids are any where near the tv. thats the only thing bad i got to say. it sucks that they had to change actors a few times and i wish it was not so, but (andy) the 1st spartacus unfortunalty passed away. and its sad. because he was a AMAZING spartacus. but the other guy did good too.this is a really great show and i could not stop watching it for the life of me. i watched ever season in about 3 days it was so good. i hightly recommend it. plus its real history and spartacus was a real person who overcame a lot of odds. who changed & freed slaves all over rome, him & his band of misfits. if you have netflix GO WATCH IT NOW! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
Maria W.
Chandler, AZ
86 reviews
I gave this movie five stars as I absolutely loved this series! I couldn't get enough of this! Not recommended for children under 17 as this has several violent scenes as well as high sexual content (soft core porn). A Thracian gladiator who escaped being held as a slave is fights he way out along with several others held captive. A must watch if you can stomach the violence, blood and sex.
Sunita R.
Doral, FL
264 reviews
Pop Culture Expert Level 2
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.
Seattle , WA
90 reviews
Pop Culture Expert Level 2
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.
Bayside, NY
43 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.
Brooke D.
Madison Hts, VA
16 reviews
Absolutely loved this show. If you love a good thriller story, blood, and gore, this is for you! 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!
raichel j.
132 reviews
Raw and uncouth yes. Surprisingly historical and downright riveting? Yes. If you love a good underdog story you won't find a more pleasing adventure than Spartacus. I repeat not for children's eyes but absolutely delightful for mature audiences.
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.
Maluhia K.
Frederick, Md
158 reviews
Pop Culture Expert Level 2
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.
Miami, FL
152 reviews
Pop Culture Expert Level 3
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
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