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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 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)
Clive Francis ...
 Attius, Head Tribune (4 episodes, 1981)
David Opatoshu ...
 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)
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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Release theatrically in an abridged version in the United Kingdom under the name The Antagonists. 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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Senator Pomponius Falco: [arriving in camp during the heat of day] So much for atheism! There is a Hell! This is it!
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I thought it was masterful history and Peter O'Toole's greatest performance!
11 April 2002 | by (Louisville KY) – See all my reviews

This story brings out the idealist and the need for faith in me whenever I view it. The historical accuracy and the sheer information provided about the Roman Empire, the province of Judea circa 70AD, and the Roman Legions, are truly astonishing. Every semester, whenever I teach World Civilizations I at Essex County College in Newark NJ, I always include a classroom viewing of the 2 hour version for my students (and lament not time enough to show the full saga). Peter O'Toole's performance as the competant but troubled Flavius Silva I humbly believe is his masterwork and the life he places in his character is thought provoking and emotionally stirring. The music, the material, the true story and the detail from building the ramp to the costumes and location re-create what actually happened better than any textbook or lecture could. By the way, Barbara Cararra almost steals the show from Peter O'Toole and her acting performance also deserves special mention. I proudly own the full saga on VHS and eagerly await the DVD edition. This is a must-see for anyone interested in Roman, Israeli, or general history.


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