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Spartacus -- Stanley Kubrick directs Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons in this Academy Award-winning classic story of a bold gladiator slave who takes on Imperial Rome.
Spartacus -- The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire.
Spartacus -- Spartacus gives one last pep talk before the battle begins, and then things get incredibly surprising.
Spartacus -- Crassus is super angry about how Tiberius messed up the first battle of the campaign, and Tiberius learns that Sabinus could die for his mistakes.
Spartacus -- When Spartacus finds out that Agron lied, he tells the men that he stands with Crixus; and the merry band of men is split up.

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Director:
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:
The World of Stanley Kubrick: Director for hire. See more (268 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)
Lars Hensen ... Slave (uncredited)
Manuel Herreros ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bob Herron ... Small Role (uncredited)
Hallene Hill ... Beggar Woman (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Slave Leader (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Slave (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)

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
Preston Peterson .... stunts (as Peter Peterson uncredited)
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)
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 .... photographer: additional scenes
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-conductor
Alex North .... conductor
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
Elaine Bass .... director: main title sequence
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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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:
2.20 : 1 See more »
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:
Although some reviews noted the story's unreliable correlation to history, many of the film's characters were derived from real figures, including Spartacus (d. 71 B.C.), Marcus Licinius Crassus (d. 53 B.C.) and Caius Sempronius Gracchus (d. 121 B.C.). As accurately depicted in the film, Spartacus was a Thracian slave who broke out of a Capuan gladiators' school to lead a revolt that was eventually suppressed by Crassus, who then crucified his captives by the hundreds. Spartacus was killed in battle - not, as stated in the film, captured and then crucified - after which Crassus ruled Rome in a triumvirate with Pompey and Julius Caesar. Gracchus lived decades earlier, and helped organize a social reform movement that lasted only a few years before its reforms were repealed. He was killed in a series of riots protesting the repeals. General Crassus was reported to have been put to death by the Parthians after losing the battle of Carrhae, by being forced to drink a goblet of molten gold, symbolic of his great wealth.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the main battle scene toward the end, there is a soldier lying "dead" on the ground that clearly repositions himself as others fight around him so that he isn't stepped on.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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34 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
The World of Stanley Kubrick: Director for hire., 30 July 2005

Spartacus (1960) was a director for hire gig for Stanley Kubrick. Kirk Douglas was in a pinch for his next film project. He was making an epic film about a slave in the roman republic who rebels against his masters. Anthony Mann stepped down from the director's chair and Mr. Douglas needed someone to take over. Enters Stanley Kubrick. Although he has little creative input (i.e. script and story wise) he manages to make a compelling movie with his keen eye and directorial abilities.

Filmed in a grand scope and in such great detail, Spartacus is eye candy for fans of epic film making. I can only imagine what the film would have been like if he had total control over the project. Kirk Douglas is the man as Spartacus, Tony Curtis is quite good as his sidekick, Charles Laughton is wise and witty as the elder senator, Peter Ustinov is a hoot in his role as the poor victim of fortunate (and unfortunate) circumstance and Sir Laurence Olivier shows why he was the premier actor of his day as Crassus.

Highly recommended for Kirk Douglas fans and Stanley Kubrick philes.

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Let's just say: it's no "Clockwork Orange"... oliverhaddo
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