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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.
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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


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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In the movie the character Aggripa commits suicide by stabbing himself in the upper abdomen probably in the pancreas. The actor who played Aggripa died of pancreatic cancer between the filming and the TV premier. See more »


Cinna has the scar over his left eye. When he runs out to fight Spartacus at the start of the slave rebellion, the scar is over his right eye. When he falls to the ground, it is back over his left eye again. See more »


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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Remake of Spartacus (1960) See more »

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21 April 2004 | by willramsSee all my reviews

I saw this on USA Channel and thought it was a great production. This is a remake of a wonderful story with Kirk Douglas and Jean Simmons. Directed by Robert Dornhelm and writing credits to Howard Fast for the novel, and Robert Schenkkan for the teleplay, it is an exciting war of the slaves against the Romans. The war scenes, however, would have been more spectacular on the big screen; however, they were bloody. This is different from the original because the love story is expanded; Spartacus fathered two children by Varinia; one is killed by Crassus, but the other lives after the crucifixion. Spartacus is played by Goran Visnjic, Lentulas Agrippa is Alan Bates, Pompey is George Calil, and Varinia is Rhoma Mitra. The lecherous and miserable Crassus is played by Angus MacFadyen. All actors play three-dimensional roles and are very good. If you want to enjoy good acting, music, and beautiful scenery, go for it! 8/10

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Release Date:

18 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spartacus See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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1.78 : 1
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