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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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »
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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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 Aaron (4 episodes, 1981)
Giulia Pagano ...
 Miriam (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Rubrius Gallus (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Gideon (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)
Richard Pierson ...
 Ephraim (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Jerahmeel, Head Essene (4 episodes, 1981)
David A. Block ...
 Reuben (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Chief Priest (4 episodes, 1981)
David Mauro ...
 Epos (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Zidon (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Seth (4 episodes, 1981)
Michael Shillo ...
 Ezra (4 episodes, 1981)
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 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)
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 Butcher (3 episodes, 1981)
Denis Quilley ...
 Gen. Marcus Quadratus / ... (2 episodes, 1981)
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 Merovius, Head Tribune (2 episodes, 1981)
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 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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Cornelius Flavius Silva: [to Gallus] We must face the truth. We laid out this camp for the prosecution of a siege. We didn't expect them to come visiting at all hours. We expected them to be stubborn, and they've turned out to be clever. I hate cleverness! It's the soldier in me, but we could use a little bit of it ourselves at the moment.
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Featured in The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1981) See more »

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Very impressive, outstanding mini-series
7 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Brilliant historical epic, and one of the finest productions I've had the pleasure to watch. Dealing from multiple points of view with perplexing issues such as honor, courage and patriotism, the series gets into the intricacies of military strategy and politics. 'Masada' is a fascinating character study, a most compelling commentary on the futility of war and a love story all together.

Outstanding performance given by Peter O'Toole and excellent acting from David Warner, Barbara Carrera and Anthony Quayle. O'Toole is the main star in any setting; he steals the show and his presence is overwhelming. O'Toole's Silva is so complex and believable, it's impossible to match.

Outstanding music score.

Excellent script, with strong character development and psychology, historical detail, complexity of themes and good dialogues. I was also impressed with the tact and sensitivity displayed given the subject matter, an intelligent approach that didn't diminish the emotional impact whatsoever.

Six-hour long series, and not a single minute to get bored. A cleverly built anticipation will keep your eyes on the screen.

Good 2-disc DVD release for its price. A must-have! However, it's about time for a properly restored and subtitled edition, and maybe some extras.


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