After the destruction of the Second Temple, 900 Jewish zealots hold out against a 5000 man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada.
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  General Cornelius Flavius Silva 4 episodes, 1981
...  Eleazar ben Yair 4 episodes, 1981
...  Sheva 4 episodes, 1981
...  Aaron 4 episodes, 1981
Giulia Pagano ...  Miriam 4 episodes, 1981
...  Rubrius Gallus 4 episodes, 1981
...  Gideon 4 episodes, 1981
...  Falco 4 episodes, 1981
...  Attius, Head Tribune 4 episodes, 1981
...  Shimon 4 episodes, 1981
Richard Pierson ...  Ephraim 4 episodes, 1981
...  Jerahmeel, Head Essene 4 episodes, 1981
David A. Block ...  Reuben 4 episodes, 1981
...  Chief Priest 4 episodes, 1981
David Mauro ...  Epos 4 episodes, 1981
...  Zidon 4 episodes, 1981
...  Seth 4 episodes, 1981
Michael Shillo ...  Ezra 4 episodes, 1981
...  Albinus 3 episodes, 1981
Heinz Bernard ...  Elder 3 episodes, 1981
...  Plinius 3 episodes, 1981
...  Fronto 3 episodes, 1981
...  Butcher 3 episodes, 1981
...  General Marcus Quadratus 2 episodes, 1981
...  Merovius, Head Tribune 2 episodes, 1981
...  Decurion 2 episodes, 1981
Derek Newark ...  Engineering Officer 2 episodes, 1981
...  Vettius 2 episodes, 1981
...  Milades 2 episodes, 1981
Michael Schneider ...  Surgeon 2 episodes, 1981
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Flavius Silva, commander in Roman Judea, wants to reach a reasonable compromise with the Jewish Zealots and withdraw his legion. Events and personalities in Rome, however, lead to his besieging the fortress of Masada. There the engineering genius of the Romans must fight both the harsh climate and landscape, and the passion and ingenuity of Eleazar Ben Yair and his people. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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Peter O'Toole and Anthony Quayle have previously appeared together in 'Lawrence of Arabia (1962)_, another film which was shot on location in a desert region. See more »

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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 background See more »

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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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Referenced in Dead End (1985) See more »

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Spectacular! Best mini-series
1 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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