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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 »
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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
 (From Zap2It - From Inside the Box. 31 December 2013, 11:00 AM, PST)

Curio: Blue-Eyed Bravura
 (From FilmExperience. 17 December 2013, 1:00 PM, PST)

Peter O'Toole Dies
 (From PEOPLE.com. 15 December 2013, 10:35 AM, PST)

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Cast

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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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Trivia:
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:
Anachronisms: During the scene in which the Jews are ascending the trail up to the summit of Masada, a vehicle the size of a bus can clearly be seen travelling on a road in the backgroundSee 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.See more »
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Referenced in Dead End (1985)See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Wonderfully detailed, 10 November 2009
Author: Gregorso from United States

Peter O'Toole (who starred in another great desert epic, Lawrence of Arabia) is wonderful as the general who knows peaceful negotiation is better than war, but is forced by political wrangling above and below his rank to try to crush the Jewish resistance group. The Romans learn that it is one thing to conquer a country, but it's altogether another thing to occupy it. And don't we still see that to the current day? In another telling analogy, if it considered valiant to kill yourself (& family) just to defy your enemy, what does that say about modern suicide bombers? I recall a bit of controversy when this film came out. Some critics worried that the mass suicide at Masada was too evocative of Jim Jones' cult suicide in Guyana.

There's lots of interesting historical detail about ancient social classes, technology, military strategy - even an example of early political satire shows! This is not just "Hollywood spectacle". The characters are realistically portrayed going through real human struggles. As I recall, the sole historical account of Masada comes from Josephus, a Jew serving Emperor Vespacian. Josephus supposedly got the inside story from one of the few Jews who didn't commit suicide. Therefore, 80% of the film and most of the characters are probably fictional, created to add drama. Even so, everything supports the main story and brings the event to life. The only bit that is too exaggerated is the opening credits in the first part, set in the present day, which comes across like nothing less than an advertisement for the Israeli army.

Oh, and the musical score is fabulous! I remember faith-healer and Christian evangelist Maurice Cerullo had a massive fund-raising campaign to help produce this film. For an adequate donation you got a commemorative bronze movie medallion.

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