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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Producer Josef Shaftel and Cinerama announced this as a major theatrical release in 1970. 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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Senator Pomponius Falco: [arriving in camp during the heat of day] So much for atheism! There is a Hell! This is it!
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An inspiring saga
26 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Long-last on DVD, Masada depicts the true story of the Jewish struggle atop Masada following the A.D. 70 destruction of Jerusalem. While visiting the site in 1989 I was told that Peter Strauss asked to spend a night atop the mount, then the Israeli Air Force flew overhead scaring him considerably. The film wisely starts with a documentary showing the significance this site has today. Peter O'Toole is superb and the script is well-written. You expect the Roman General to be the "bad guy" and you discover otherwise. Much of the conversation is quite clever, especially from the Roman bureaucrats and the political intrigue. You'll want to read about the archaeological excavations and to visit Masada after seeing this wonderful movie. This is from the golden age of TV mini-series.


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