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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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Brilliant! Why isn't this on DVD? See more (21 total) »

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 Location Management
Danny Ben Menahem .... location manager (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
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) | UK:121 min (theatrical version) (cut)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Finland:K-12 (cut) | Singapore:PG | UK:12 (DVD release) | UK:15 (theatrical version) (VHS release) | UK:A (theatrical version) (cut)

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Trivia:
In his opening monologue on April 7th 1981, Johnny Carson described the miniseries Massada as a "Kosher Shogun." After watching the series, Carson joked that he learned all Romans spoke with an English accent.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:
Eleazar ben Yair:You say you will catch us, and kill us? I invite you to try.
Cornelius Flavius Silva:You invite me to try? Your country is one long and narrow graveyard already; your cities are flatter than your deserts, your temple has been destroyed and most of the survivors are slaves, all for seven years of our 'trying'. Give us our due, man, we know how to kill.
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant! Why isn't this on DVD?, 29 March 2006
Author: sharlyfarley

Honor is due all around. First, credit must go to Joel Oliansky, who developed Gann's slender book into full-range drama with wit and wisdom. Boris Segal directs a huge cast so well, and so unobtrusively...You never wonder where you are, or which side you're listening to; there are so many characters that are memorable, even if they only have two lines...It's the best performance of Peter Strauss's career, and one of O'Toole's crown jewels. Jerry Goldsmith can furnish haunting melodies and epic marches. In short, nobody in this miniseries has fallen down on the job...

Except for ABC, who took more than a decade to get it out of the vault and onto videotape, and still hasn't gotten "Masada" put on DVD.

The strongest kind of drama is when you can sympathize with both sides; Silva has been saddled with irrational orders for a military conquest (sound familiar?) where none is possible - or even necessary. Eleazar knows only one thing for sure: "No man should be another man's slave." But Rome must prove a point. Rome cannot allow defiance to succeed; the Jewish zealots cannot submit to Roman enslavement. "You can take their victory from them." Mesmerizing...and well worth your time.

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