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Spartacus -- The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire.

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Writers:
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
Howard Fast (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
7 October 1960 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
They trained him to kill for their pleasure. . .but they trained him a little too well. . . See more »
Plot:
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Great Movie Due To Its Romantic Ideals See more (260 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Spartacus

Laurence Olivier ... Crassus

Jean Simmons ... Varinia

Charles Laughton ... Gracchus

Peter Ustinov ... Batiatus

John Gavin ... Julius Caesar

Nina Foch ... Helena Glabrus

John Ireland ... Crixus

Herbert Lom ... Tigranes Levantus

John Dall ... Marcus Publius Glabrus

Charles McGraw ... Marcellus

Joanna Barnes ... Claudia Marius

Harold J. Stone ... David

Woody Strode ... Draba
Peter Brocco ... Ramon
Paul Lambert ... Gannicus

Robert J. Wilke ... Guard Captain
Nick Dennis ... Dionysius (as Nicholas Dennis)

John Hoyt ... Caius
Frederick Worlock ... Laelius (as Frederic Worlock)

Tony Curtis ... Antoninus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Altman ... Slave (uncredited)
Dave Armstrong ... Small Role (uncredited)
John Barton ... Slave (uncredited)
Arthur Batanides ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
Paul Baxley ... Gladiator (uncredited)
John Benson ... Guard (uncredited)
Shari Lee Bernath ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Norman Bishop ... Pirate (uncredited)
Bill Blackburn ... Prisoner (uncredited)
David Bond ... Slave (uncredited)
Buff Brady ... Soldier (uncredited)
Don Bramblett ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Courtney Brown ... Pirate (uncredited)
Jerry Brown ... Soldier (uncredited)
Rudy Bukich ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Pirate (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Fimbria (uncredited)
Polly Burson ... Slave (uncredited)
Wayne Burson ... Guard (uncredited)
Joe Canutt ... Soldier (uncredited)
Tap Canutt ... Soldier (uncredited)
Al Carmichael ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Bill Catching ... Soldier (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney ... Soldier (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Guard (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Capua Guard (uncredited)
Carol Daniels ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Tony Dante ... Roman Solider / Christian Solider (uncredited)
Doris Darling ... Slave (uncredited)

Ted de Corsia ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
Terence de Marney ... Majordomo (uncredited)
Frank Donahue ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Mary Donovan ... Slave (uncredited)
Craig Duncan ... Petitioner (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Beheaded Man (uncredited)
Louie Elias ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Maurice Elias ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Roman Businessman (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Salt Mine Slave / Gladiator / Slave General (uncredited)
Logan Field ... Centurion (uncredited)
Lila Finn ... Slave (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Roman Senator (uncredited)
Charlotte Fletcher ... Mother with Child (uncredited)

Robert Fuller ... Extra (uncredited)
Jeanne Gerson ... Woman Selling Chestnuts (uncredited)
Seamon Glass ... Pirate (uncredited)
Joe Gold ... Soldier (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Slave (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Slave Leader (uncredited)
Marvin Goux ... Trainer (uncredited)

James Griffith ... Otho (uncredited)
Jack Grinnage ... Petitioner (uncredited)
Donna Hall ... Slave (uncredited)
Don Happy ... Slave (uncredited)
Edith Happy ... Slave (uncredited)
Betty Harford ... Slave (uncredited)
Brad Harris ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. ... Slave (uncredited)
Joe Haworth ... Marius (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Soldier (uncredited)
Vinton Hayworth ... Metallius (uncredited)
Wayne Heffley ... Slave Guard (uncredited)
Manuel Herreros ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bob Herron ... Small Role (uncredited)
Hallene Hill ... Beggar Woman (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Slave Leader (uncredited)
Basil Howes ... Orderly (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy ... Soldier (uncredited)

Loren Janes ... Salt Mine Slave / Gladiator / Slave General (uncredited)
Jil Jarmyn ... Julia (uncredited)
Anthony Jochim ... Petitioner (uncredited)
Duke Johnson ... Juggler (uncredited)
Harry C. Johnson ... Juggler (uncredited)
Paul Keast ... Roman Businessman (uncredited)
Valley Keene ... Soldier (uncredited)
Pete Kellett ... Slave (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Roman Senator (uncredited)

George Kennedy ... Rebel Soldier (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Aron Kincaid ... Crassus' Standard-Bearer (uncredited)
Desmond Koch ... Soldier (uncredited)
Irvin 'Zabo' Koszewski ... Soldier (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Roman Senator (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger ... Pirate (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... Guard (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ... Symmachus (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Soldier (uncredited)
Otto Malde ... Roman General (uncredited)

Michael Masters ... Small Role (uncredited)
Joan McKellen ... Slave (uncredited)

Gordon Mitchell ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... Galeno (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Rod Normond ... Guard (uncredited)
Tracy Olsen ... Girl (uncredited)
Dayton Osmond ... Boy Chicken Seller (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Slave (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Guard (uncredited)
Regis Parton ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Victor Paul ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Leonard Penn ... Garrison Officer (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Slave Leader (uncredited)
Jack Perkins ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Vic Perrin ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Larry Perron ... Guard (uncredited)
Preston Peterson ... Pirate (uncredited)
Lorrie Pettit ... Slave (uncredited)
Eugene Poole ... Pirate (uncredited)
Bill Raisch ... Soldier Whose Arm is Hacked Off (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Slave (uncredited)
George Robotham ... Pirate (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... Guard (uncredited)
Wally Rose ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Frosty Royce ... Slave (uncredited)
Autumn Russell ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Russell Saunders ... Soldier (uncredited)
Aaron Saxon ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Charles Schaeffer ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jim Sears ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Roman Senator (uncredited)
Bill Shannon ... Soldier (uncredited)
Alex Sharp ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Gladiator (uncredited)
John Stephenson ... Centurion (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
Kay Stewart ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Jo Summers ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Glen Thompson ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Larry Thor ... Staff Officer (uncredited)
Helen Thurston ... Slave (uncredited)
John Traux ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Don Turner ... Guard (uncredited)
Lili Valenty ... Old Crone (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn ... Soldier (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Trainer (uncredited)
Louise Vincent ... Slave at Gracchus' Home (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ... Guard (uncredited)
Will J. White ... Guard (uncredited)
Judy Whitney ... Child (uncredited)
Charles Wilcox ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Billy Williams ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... Soldier (uncredited)
Lynda Lee Williams ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Carleton Young ... Herald (uncredited)
Fred Zendar ... Guard (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stanley Kubrick 
 
Writing credits
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)

Howard Fast (based on the novel by)

Peter Ustinov  uncredited
Calder Willingham  battle scenes (uncredited)

Produced by
Kirk Douglas .... executive producer
Edward Lewis .... producer
Edward Muhl .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alex North (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Lawrence (film editor)
Irving Lerner (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Alexander Golitzen 
Roger Forse (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Eric Orbom 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
Julia Heron (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Valles (costumes by)
William Ware Theiss (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup
Jay Sebring .... hair designer: Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Norman Deming .... unit production manager
Eduardo García Maroto .... unit production manager: Spain (uncredited)
Tadeo Villalba .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marshall Green .... assistant director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director (uncredited)
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (uncredited)
Irving Lerner .... second unit director (uncredited)
Foster H. Phinney .... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles Scott .... assistant director (uncredited)
Julio Sempere .... third assistant director (uncredited in original version)
Robert Webb .... second assistant director (uncredited)
James Welch .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Claude Gillingwater Jr. .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Johnny Peacock .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... supervising re-recording mixer: 1991 restoration
James Bolt .... re-recording mixer: 1991 restoration
Joel Fein .... re-recording mixer: 1991 restoration
Mark Gordon .... sound effects editor: 1991 restoration
David Gray .... dolby consultant: 1991 restoration
Gibb Jaffe .... sound effects editor: 1991 restoration
Joe Lapis .... sound
Diane Marshall .... foley artist: 1991 restoration
Ronald Pierce .... sound
Karin Roulo .... foley mixer: 1991 restoration
Murray Spivack .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Glenn E. Anderson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jack Foley .... foley artist (uncredited)
Jack Foley .... sound (uncredited)
Frank E. Warner .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Wah Chang .... creator: forced perspective figures (uncredited)
Don Sahlin .... crew: forced perspective figures (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Saul Bass .... design consultant
Robert Fortenberry Jr. .... camera operator (1991 restoration)
John Rupkalvis .... camera operator (1991 restoration)
Paul Rutan Jr. .... manager of optical operations (1991 restoration)
Peter Ellenshaw .... matte artist (uncredited)
Russell Lawson .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ray Austin .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
John Benson .... stunts (uncredited)
Norman Bishop .... stunts (uncredited)
Buff Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
George Bruggeman .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Wayne Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Louie Elias .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Brad Harris .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns .... stunts (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael Masters .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Miles .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Reid .... stunt player (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Schaeffer .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Sharp .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Don Turner .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Red West .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Gereghty .... still photographer
Clifford Stine .... additional scenes photographed by
George Dye .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael P. Joyce .... film loader (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... additional grip (uncredited)
Harry L. Wolf .... camera operator (uncredited)
William Read Woodfield .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ruggero Peruzzi .... wardrobe (as Peruzzi)
Bill Thomas .... costumes: Miss Simmons'
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... score co-conducted by
Alex North .... music conducted by
Arnold Schwarzwald .... music editor
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Samuel Matlovsky .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musican: trumpet (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... design consultant
Saul Bass .... main titles
Fred A. Chulack .... assistant to the film editor (as Fred Chulack)
Stan Margulies .... production aide
Vittorio Nino Novarese .... historical & technical advisor
Robert Schulte .... assistant to the film editor
Jeff Corey .... acting coach (uncredited)
Bob Larson .... executive in charge of production: Bryna Productions (uncredited)
Jeff Livingston .... executive coordinator: sales and advertising (uncredited)
Anthony Mann .... director: Libyan slave camp scenes (uncredited)
Mel North .... fencing master (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Spartacus: Rebel Against Rome" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
184 min (premiere version) | Sweden:187 min (1968 re-release) | USA:161 min (1967 re-release) | USA:197 min (1991 restored version) | 184 min (theatrical version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints, original release) | Dolby Stereo (1991 restoration)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:G (Manitoba) (1967 version) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) (restored version) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (1967 version) | Canada:PG (Ontario) (original release) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (restored version) | Canada:G (Quebec) (restored version) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-14 (1992) | Finland:K-16 (1962) | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:12 (video rating) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (1963) | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (uncut) (1968) | Sweden:15 (cut) (1962) | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1991) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (1992) (2000) (2004) (2010) | USA:PG-13 | USA:Approved (PCA #19623) | USA:PG-13 (restored version) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
During the film Laurence Olivier gave Tony Curtis tips on acting to improve his performance, and Curtis gave Olivier tips on bodybuilding to improve his physique.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The trainer blows a pea-whistle to call in the slaves. The first pea-whistle wasn't invented until the 19th century, although the Romans are known to use other whistles on board slave-galleys in order to keep the correct pace.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:In the last century before the birth of the new faith called Christianity, which was destined to overthrow the pagan tyranny of Rome and bring about a new society, the Roman Republic stood at the very center of the civilized world. "Of all things fairest," sang the poet...
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23 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A Great Movie Due To Its Romantic Ideals, 19 June 2005
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

Did you know that Karl Marx hero was Spartacus ? There's something deeply ironic about this because the film version of SPARTACUS has so many Marxist ideals it could have been subtitled " THE STORY OF AN ENLIGHTENED PROLETERIAN HERO " As film buffs may know the screenwriter of SPARTACUS Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted by the Hollywood studio system because of alleged communist sympathies and it's impossible not to notice that Trumbo has done a sort of leftist inversion of John Ford's " Always make the legend " mantra . As a history lesson SPARTACUS is rather poor , if you look up the goofs on this page you'll notice that no one has really bothered to their home work as to the history , politics and machinations of ancient Rome with perhaps the most striking piece of speculation is the myth that Spartacus was from a Greek province sold into slavery when it's far more likely he was a Roman legionnaire who was sent to gladiator school but I guess the being sold into slavery makes for a better story

But this very simplistic black and white view of history can be forgiven because it's what makes SPARTACUS a great movie , we know who the bad guys are and why they're bad guys ( They're rich and cruel ) and we know who the good guys are and why they're good guys ( They're poor but noble ) and therefore the audience know instantly whose side they're on SPARTACUS is also a film famous because its director Stanley Kubrick supposedly hated it mainly down to the fact that he didn't have any involvement in the screenplay . What ? A director dislikes a movie of this standard ? I'm certain Spielberg or Scorsese would have killed to make a movie this good . It contains fine performances from all the cast but the stand outs are Douglas , Simmons , Laughton ( Someone else alleged to have had leftist sympathies ) Olivier and Ustinov , so many fine actors in one movie and you don't notice how many different accents used until it's pointed out to you . Check out those battle scenes at the end and remember this was long before CGI so these were real people making up the slave and Roman armies but for me the greatest scene of the film and one of the most haunting scenes I have ever seen is where Woody Strode and Kirk Douglas sit facing each other waiting to go into the arena . What makes it even more spellbinding is that there's no dialogue at all , we only hear the sounds of the previous contestants fighting to the death

Without doubt a movie that deserves to be in the IMDb Top 250 Movies list and possibly Kubrick's best film , he certainly didn't make anything as good as this ever again . But it's a movie that was ignored for most of the major awards at that years Oscar nominations . I guess that because the Oscars are a celebration of American film making talent they didn't want to give awards to movies celebrating communist heroes

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