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Spartacus (2004)

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

Director:

Robert Dornhelm

Writers:

Howard Fast (novel), Robert Schenkkan (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goran Visnjic ... Spartacus
Alan Bates ... Agrippa
Angus Macfadyen ... Crassus
Rhona Mitra ... Varinia
Ian McNeice ... Batiatus
James Frain ... David
Henry Simmons ... Draba
Ross Kemp ... Cinna
Ben Cross ... Glabrus
Paul Kynman ... Crixus
Paul Telfer ... Gannicus
Chris Jarman ... Nordo
Georgina Rylance ... Helena
Stuart Bunce ... Cornelius Lucius
Hristo Shopov ... Maecenus
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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 the form of Marcus Lucinius Crassus, who makes it a matter of personal honor to crush the rebellion. Written by Ronos

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Once a slave. Forever a legend.

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Action | Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The plot, setting and costumes are nearly identical to those of Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960). However, this adaptation follows Howard Fast's novel more closely than does Kubrick's movie. (Two of the more noticeable omissions of the new adaptation are the "I am Spartacus!" scene, and Spartacus and his wife's reunion after battle.) The mini-series is shown as a story as a woman narrates to her son, who are later revealed to be Spartacus' wife and son. See more »

Goofs

In the charge that precipitates the climactic battle, the legionaries of the Roman front line are shown advancing with shields in the left hand, swords in the right. Except for one in the lower foreground: his right hand is empty, he is advancing into combat with only a shield. As soon as he makes contact with a member of the rebel army, he falls on his back even though he hasn't actually been attacked yet. See more »

Quotes

Crixus: Fighting Romans is like fighting a grist mill. The stone keeps on turning. No matter how many times you attack it, in the end it grinds you down to dust.
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Fanastic and Accurate
21 May 2005 | by mOVIemAN56See all my reviews

Spartacus was the kind of mini-series that I just knew would be good from the start. Spanning a two day special on USA I watched the first part and just couldn't wait for the second half. Spartacus is played by Goran Visnjic from the TV series ER and shows he can be a tough guy too.

The film starts with Spartacus being bought by a wealthy Roman to be a gladiator. Spartacus excels quickly and learns to be an excellent fighter but soon sees the horrible life he faces along with the other gladiators. After his friend is killed by Roman guards for refusing to kill him, Spartacus rebels against the cruel family that owns him and quickly crushes them.

Now Spartacus is on a quest, along with other gladiator rebels, to overthrow the Roman Empire and abolish the gladiator games. Along the way, Spartacus must deal with insubordination of his soldiers, betrayal, and love. The battles are well done but just don't show the overwhelming victories Spartacus actually achieved in his quest. Goran Visnjic is exceptionally strong as Spartacus and really has some great sword work in battle.

This is a superb mini-series with good drama, good action, and fine acting.

Spartacus. Starring: Goran Visnjic, Alan Bates, Angus Macfadyen, and Rhona Mitra.

4 out of 5 Stars.


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