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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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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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Trivia

Sir Alan Bates' last performance. He died on December 27, 2003 at the age of sixty-nine. 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.
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Connections

Version of Spartacus the Gladiator (1953) See more »

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Painfully weak. Why did they have to do this?
19 April 2004 | by marc-303See all my reviews

In all fairness to the people who remade this movie, they had a difficult task ahead of them. Any remake of this story begs comparisons to Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece and when you come up against greats such as Olivier, Ustinov, Douglas and the old dude who played the fat senator you are going to come up short.

Nevertheless I was optimistic about this remake because I thought that new technology, modern film techniques and historical authenticity would make it fresh and vibrant. Kirk Douglas was too old and too "Anglo" to play the real Spartacus. The ER guy is definitely more ethnically accurate. I was also looking forward to seeing the actor who plays Crassus, who I thought was excellent in BraveHeart.

But I felt this version squandered much of the dramatic impetus of the Spartacus legend. Particularly disturbing was the whole George Bush/Marcus Crassus analogy that is not subtle at all. Crassus refers to Spartacus' slave army as "terrorists", talks about a "New World Order" and even uses the phrase "you're either with us or against us". I'm no fan of Dubya, but I found the overt preaching quite annoying and insulting; even worse, it took away from the story. Had it been somewhat more subtle, the way Kubrick's film deftly poked at McCarthy style conservatism I think that the story would not have lost out.


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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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1.78 : 1
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