After he is bought by the owner of a Roman gladiator school and trained as an gladiator A slave leads a rebellion of slaves and gladiators into revolt against Rome.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (teleplay)
Reviews
Popularity
2,959 ( 421)

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Attila (TV Mini-Series 2001)
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A romanced story of Attila the Hun, from when he lost his parents in childhood until his death. Attila is disclosed as a great leader, strategist and lover and the movie shows his respect ... See full summary »

Stars: Gerard Butler, Powers Boothe, Simmone Mackinnon
Helen of Troy (TV Mini-Series 2003)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The abduction of beautiful Helen, wife of Spartan King Menelaus, by Paris of Troy triggers a long war.

Stars: Sienna Guillory, Matthew Marsden, Rufus Sewell
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed through the gates onto the sand.'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' tells the story of the ... See full summary »

Stars: John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Watch the story of history's greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and the passions of the women that love them. This is Spartacus.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett
Imperium: Augustus (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Caesar Augustus tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia following the death of her husband Agrippa.

Director: Roger Young
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Charlotte Rampling, Vittoria Belvedere
Spartacus (1960)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons
Spartacus (1977)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Directors: Vadim Derbenyov, Yuri Grigorovich
Stars: Natalia Bessmertnova, Maris Liepa, Nina Timofeyeva
Imperium: Nero (TV Movie 2004)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A six-episode mini-series covering five centuries of the Roman Empire.

Director: Paul Marcus
Stars: Hans Matheson, Laura Morante, Rike Schmid
Cleopatra (TV Mini-Series 1999)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Cleopatra, the famed Egyptian Queen born in 69 B.C., is shown to have been brought by Roman ruler Julius Caesar at age 18. Caesar becomes sexually obsessed by the 18 year old queen, beds ... See full summary »

Stars: Billy Zane, Timothy Dalton, Rupert Graves
Spartacus (TV Movie 2008)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Ross MacGibbon
Stars: Carlos Acosta, Aleksandr Volchkov, Nina Kaptsova
Spartacus (TV Series 2005)
Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Spartacus (1913)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Giovanni Enrico Vidali
Stars: Mario Guaita-Ausonia, Cristina Ruspoli, Enrico Bracci
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Antonius Agrippa
...
...
...
...
David
...
Draba
...
...
Titus Glabrus
...
...
...
Nordo
...
Helena
...
Cornelius Lucius
Hristo Shopov ...
Maecenus
Edit

Storyline

Sentenced to spend out the rest of his adult life laboring in the harsh deserts of Egypt, the Thracian slave Spartacus gets a new lease on life when he is purchased by the obese owner of a Roman gladiator school. Moved by the defiance of an Ethiopian warrior, Draba, Spartacus leads a slave uprising which threatens Rome's status quo. As Spartacus gains sympathy within the Roman Senate, he also makes a powerful enemy in form of Marcus Lucinius Crassus, who makes it a matter of personal honor to crush the rebellion. Written by Ronos

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Once a slave. Forever a legend.

Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Espartaco  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Alan Bates last performance. Alan Bates passed away on December 27, 2003 at age 69. See more »

Goofs

Spartacus kills a gladiator in the arena by slitting his throat after their fight. The dagger, clearly visible in the following shot, is clean. See more »

Quotes

Spartacus: I am not a king. I am something better. A free man.
See more »

Connections

Remake of Spartacus (1960) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"What's important isn't our living or our dying but this new thing we've reached, however briefly. A world without slaves…"

The TV miniseries opens in Gaul 72 B.C. where the Romans put an end to Varinia's world making her a slave… Meanwhile Spartacus (Goran Visnjic) is free from the hell of the gold mines of Egypt to be trained as gladiator in the establishment of Lentulus Batiatus (Ian McNeice).

Most of "Spartacus" contains many of the miniseries' best moments… The operation of the gladiatorial school and its training program is impressive and expressive; the apprentice gladiators are treated like special animals, tutored to perform in the arena as spectator-sport-killers, and occasionally rewarded with a woman in their cells…

In this degrading manner Spartacus meets Varinia (Rhona Mitra) and it is his love for her and his hatred for his captors that brings about his decision to escape and lead revolt…

Particularly effective is the scene in which Marcus Crassus (Angus Macfadyen) and his bored entourage visit the establishment and request for a private showing at its best of a pair of Thracians… Crassus wanted to see courage, passion, and above all finality…

Spartacus is matched with the African Draba in a fight to the death, but Draba (maybe rather than live as a beast) chooses to die as a man, attacking his spectators…

The scene summarizes the iniquity of the situation, the cruelty of bondage, and the subsequent uprising of gladiators in Capua becomes a triumph easy to understand…

Director Robert Donrhelm did a decent job, carrying the grandeur and the decay of ancient Rome…


22 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Real Gladiator RedDawn99
Talk about heavy handed... groovepapa74
Better then Kirk Douglas! The1Wishmaster1
Anyone know when this will be on TV or DVD? AikenIdin
VIDEO GAME IDEA The1Wishmaster1
david and varinia? living_in_the_theatre
Discuss Spartacus (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?