Masada (1981)

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After the destruction of the Second Temple, 900 Jewish zealots hold out against a 5000 man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada.

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 General Cornelius Flavius Silva / ... (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Eleazar ben Yair (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Sheva (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Falco (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Attius, Head Tribune (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Shimon (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Ephraim (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Jerahmeel, Head Essene (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Reuben (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Chief Priest (4 episodes, 1981)
David Mauro ...
 Epos (4 episodes, 1981)
Alexander Peleg ...
 Zidon (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Seth (4 episodes, 1981)
Michael Shillo ...
 Ezra (4 episodes, 1981)
Christopher Biggins ...
 Albinus (3 episodes, 1981)
Heinz Bernard ...
 Elder (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Plinius (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Fronto (3 episodes, 1981)
Reuven Bar-Yotam ...
 Butcher (3 episodes, 1981)
Denis Quilley ...
 Gen. Marcus Quadratus / ... (2 episodes, 1981)
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 Merovius, Head Tribune (2 episodes, 1981)
Jack Watson ...
 Decurion (2 episodes, 1981)
Derek Newark ...
 Engineering Officer (2 episodes, 1981)
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 Vettius (2 episodes, 1981)
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 Milades (2 episodes, 1981)
Michael Schneider ...
 Surgeon (2 episodes, 1981)
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Flavius Silva, commander in Roman Judea, wants to reach a reasonable compromise with the Jewish Zealots and withdraw his legion. Events and personalities in Rome, however, lead to his besieging the fortress of Masada. There the engineering genius of the Romans must fight both the harsh climate and landscape, and the passion and ingenuity of Eleazar Ben Yair and his people. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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In order to avoid the heat of the Israeli desert, the crew employed a unique shooting schedule: they divided the day into three eight-hour segments and only shot either late at night or early in the morning. They avoided shooting between late morning and late afternoon, the hottest part of the day. See more »

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In one scene General Silva is having a conversation with Eleazar ben Yair. One of the men's chain around is neck is stuck around a pin on his body armor in one camera view, but not in a different view. See more »

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Magnificent Spectacle
1 December 1999 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Masada is amazing, in part, because it is a true story and also because it is truly a fascinating drama. Originally filmed as a mini-series, at 6 plus hours, it has been released in short (movie length) form but don't bother with that edition. Even though it (the six hour video set) is quite long, not one minute will bore you. It is a story of the military...in a battle of wits against (Jewish) patriots. The cast is superb, with Americans playing the Jews and British actors as the Romans. The lowly soldiers speaking in "middle class" dialect while the officers sound more aristocratic...a really nice touch. Peter O'Toole has never been better in his role as Flavius Silva commander of the Roman regiment dispatched by Rome to capture the Jews holding out at Masada...a huge, almost impregnable mountain fortress. Anthony Quayle and David Warner also do some of their best work ever. Peter Straus as Eleazar, leader of the Jews is passionate in his convictions and the rest of the cast shines also. The mind games they utilize on each other are fascinating and make for engrossing drama. It is truly one of the best mini-series, or historical epics ever put to film. The newly released 4 video set consists of 90 mins. per video so one can enjoy Masada over four evenings. Note: As of 2007 it is now available on DVD. The viewer will feel it is time well spent.


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