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"Masada" (1981) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 1981-

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Masada: Season 1: Episode 4 -- Conclusion. Action builds to a tragic climax as the Romans assault the fortress with a siege engine--a massive ram mounted on a mobile tower.
Masada: Season 1: Episode 3 -- A Zealot plot to demoralize the Romans provokes retaliation against the camp's Jewish slaves by the scheming envoy Falco, who replaces Silva as commander.
Masada: Season 1: Episode 2 -- While the Romans ready their offensive, Silva seeks comfort from a beautiful slave who plucks at his conscience.
Masada: Season 1: Episode 1 -- Raids on Roman garrisons lead to a showdown between the Zealot leader and a Roman commander.

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
5 April 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
After the destruction of the Second Temple, 900 Jewish zealots hold out against a 5000 man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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(8 articles)
2013 celebrity deaths: Paul Walker, Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini
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Curio: Blue-Eyed Bravura
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Peter O'Toole Dies
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User Reviews:
What a spectacle! Absolutely brilliant!!! See more (21 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 31 of 34)

Peter O'Toole ... General Cornelius Flavius Silva / ... (4 episodes, 1981)

Peter Strauss ... Eleazar ben Yair (4 episodes, 1981)

Barbara Carrera ... Sheva (4 episodes, 1981)

Alan Feinstein ... Aaron (4 episodes, 1981)
Giulia Pagano ... Miriam (4 episodes, 1981)

Anthony Quayle ... Rubrius Gallus (4 episodes, 1981)

Paul L. Smith ... Gideon (4 episodes, 1981)

David Warner ... Falco (4 episodes, 1981)
Clive Francis ... Attius, Head Tribune (4 episodes, 1981)
David Opatoshu ... Shimon (4 episodes, 1981)
Richard Pierson ... Ephraim (4 episodes, 1981)

Joseph Wiseman ... Jerahmeel, Head Essene (4 episodes, 1981)
David A. Block ... Reuben (4 episodes, 1981)

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Chief Priest (4 episodes, 1981)
David Mauro ... Epos (4 episodes, 1981)
Alexander Peleg ... Zidon (4 episodes, 1981)

Joey Sagal ... Seth (4 episodes, 1981)
Michael Shillo ... Ezra (4 episodes, 1981)
Christopher Biggins ... Albinus (3 episodes, 1981)
Heinz Bernard ... Elder (3 episodes, 1981)

Warren Clarke ... Plinius (3 episodes, 1981)

Ken Hutchison ... Fronto (3 episodes, 1981)

Reuven Bar-Yotam ... Butcher (3 episodes, 1981)
Denis Quilley ... Gen. Marcus Quadratus / ... (2 episodes, 1981)

Anthony Valentine ... Merovius, Head Tribune (2 episodes, 1981)
Jack Watson ... Decurion (2 episodes, 1981)
Derek Newark ... Engineering Officer (2 episodes, 1981)

Michael Elphick ... Vettius (2 episodes, 1981)

Nick Brimble ... Milades (2 episodes, 1981)
Michael Schneider ... Surgeon (2 episodes, 1981)

Richard Basehart ... Narrator, Modern Day Scene (2 episodes, 1981)
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Series Directed by
Boris Sagal (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Writing credits
Ernest K. Gann (4 episodes, 1981)
Joel Oliansky (4 episodes, 1981)

Series Produced by
George Eckstein .... producer (4 episodes, 1981)
Arnon Milchan .... supervising producer: Israel (4 episodes, 1981)

Richard Irving .... producer (unknown episodes)
Jennings Lang .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith (2 episodes, 1981)
Morton Stevens (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Cinematography by
Paul Lohmann (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Film Editing by
Edwin F. England (4 episodes, 1981)
Peter Kirby (4 episodes, 1981)

Robert L. Kimble (unknown episodes)
Ron Rutberg (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (4 episodes, 1981)
Mark Malis (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Production Design by
Jack Senter (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Art Direction by
George Renne (4 episodes, 1981)
Kuli Sander (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Edward M. Parker (4 episodes, 1981)
Joseph J. Stone (4 episodes, 1981)

Ladislav Wilheim (unknown episodes, 1981)
 
Series Costume Design by
Vittorio Nino Novarese (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1981)
Terri Cannon .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1981)
Irene De'Atley .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1981)
Albert Jeyte .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1981)
Chris Taylor .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Production Management
Ben Bishop .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1981)
Richard Irving .... executive in charge of production (4 episodes, 1981)
Robert G. Stone .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1981)
Roni Ya'ackov .... production manager: Israel (4 episodes, 1981)

Edward D. Markley .... production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Gardner .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1981)
Dov Maoz .... assistant director: Israel (4 episodes, 1981)
Mark R. Schilz .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1981)

Forrest L. Futrell .... trainee assistant director (unknown episodes)
Shemi .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Leo Zisman .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Roy Barnes .... set designer (unknown episodes)
James Passanante .... painter (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound (4 episodes, 1981)
Brian Marshall .... sound (4 episodes, 1981)
Kendrick Sweet .... sound effects editor (4 episodes, 1981)

Barney Cabral .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Kevin Pike .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Bill Taylor .... matte photography (4 episodes, 1981)
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects (4 episodes, 1981)

Syd Dutton .... matte painter (unknown episodes)
Henry Schoessler .... visual effects assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Jack Gill .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jack Tyree .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth J. Withers .... camera operator: second unit (4 episodes, 1981)

Nimi Getter .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alex D'Alessio .... costume supervisor (4 episodes, 1981)
Eddie Marks .... costume supervisor (4 episodes, 1981)
Lambert Marks .... costume supervisor (4 episodes, 1981)

Jerry Herrin .... set costumer: USA (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
John Bloom .... editorial consultant (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Music Department
Robert Mayer .... music editor (4 episodes, 1981)
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Transportation Department
Michael Hartman .... transportation manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Danny Ben Menahem .... location manager (4 episodes, 1981)
Marge Champion .... dialogue coach (4 episodes, 1981)
Claude Hudson .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1981)
Ian Lewis .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1981)
Vittorio Nino Novarese .... technical advisor (4 episodes, 1981)

Alan J. Lam .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
William Sackheim .... acknowledgment (4 episodes, 1981)
 

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Runtime:
394 min | Argentina:131 min | Finland:122 min (theatrical version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Release theatrically in an abridged version in the United Kingdom under the name The Antagonists.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Rubrius Gallus:[after the wind blows sand into his face] Damn wind!
Centurion:Could be rain, couldn't it?
Rubrius Gallus:[laconically] Ayhh, could be cantalopes from Egypt too, but it's not.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dead End (1985)See more »

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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
What a spectacle! Absolutely brilliant!!!, 24 October 2004
Author: Marcin Kukuczka from Cieszyn, Poland

The movie is based on the book THE ANTAGONISTS and shows the story of the Jewish defense from the Roman oppressor. The story seems to be quite short and not the main focus of the film. Jews led by Eleazar stay in a huge fortress of Masada on the Judean Desert which is their only safe place away from the Roman Empire. Romans are forced to conquer them.

The movie shows human soul, psychological aspect of humanity, even of the "triumphant Roman leaders". This psychological aspect is revealed in both main characters: the Jewish leader Eleazar, portrayed wonderfully by Peter Strauss (one of his really best roles), and Flavius Silva (great Peter O'Toole), the leader of the 10th legion attempting at finishing the conquest and returning to Rome. Both of them are full of doubts. They change over the movie, develop like all of us do.

Silva doubts the logic of the whole campaign, which is especially emphasized at the end when he says desperately "What victory!? We have won a rock on the shore of the poisoned sea!" A rock that has cost thousands of innocent lives. He is also an honorable man. When Pomponius Falco takes over the leadership and occurs to be brutal, Silva tries his best to prove that this way of dealing with the enemy is "not Rome!" He even meets with Eleazar to justify these deeds.

Eleazar is a good Jew. He cares for his people but there is one thing which makes others confused. He doubts in the existence of God. However, deeply in his heart, there is a place for Him. Peter Strauss stresses this memorably when he goes to pray in order the Romans to stop killing the innocent Jews. In fact, he proves to love his people and that is, most appealingly, a better knowledge of God than any other...

The character that needs mentioning is Sheva (Barbara Carrera). She, in fact, is not very sure if she loves Silva or not. On the one hand, she wants to stay with him. On the other hand, her people seem to be more important. Finally, she decides to leave him. Her love is divided and demands a difficult choice. VERY PSYCHOLOGICAL!

In this comment I concentrated mostly on the psychological aspect. Yes, I admit that it appears to be the most significant factor for me. There are, of course, other factors that make me love this movie: the whole story, the locations, the music, the stars... EVERYTHING! But you will have a chance to appreciate all these aspects when you decide to see MASADA.

Finally, the end is unforgettable: "Take them their victory! Then they will remember..." Truly impressive script! One of the best lessons of life! 10/10 for the whole movie!

The final reference to modern Israel appears to be particularly touching!

YES, WE REMEMBER MASADA AND THE GROUP OF BRAVE PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT AFRAID TO REMAIN THEMSELVES AND RETAIN THEIR DIGNITY.

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