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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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Release Date:
5 April 1981 (USA) See more »
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 »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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 (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)

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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
394 min | Argentina:131 min | Finland:122 min (theatrical version) | UK:121 min (theatrical version) (cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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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 »
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 »
Kophar:[in a patronizing tone] Your excellency, what an honor.
Cornelius Flavius Silva:Hello, Kophar. I see you're still one step ahead of leprosy.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dead End (1985)See more »


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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Spectacular! Best mini-series, 1 October 2000
Author: p_aybarra from Athens, Georgia, USA

Peter O'Toole and Peter Strauss were both great. This is probably one of O'Toole's better performances. Great story, excellent cast, spectacular locations, great performances from Barbara Carrera, Anthony Quayle, and David Warner. This mini-series is definitely well worth your time. This is based on the book, The Antagonists, by Ernest K. Gann. I read it, and the "sequel", The Triumph. Read both books, if you can find them. The Triumph is the story of Flavius Silva after Masada. Almost as entertaining as the movie.

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