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

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Robert Dornhelm

Writers:

Howard Fast (novel), Robert Schenkkan (teleplay)
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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 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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espartaco See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast. See more »

Goofs

Pompey and Crassus are made "consuls of the Roman Empire". But there was no "Roman Empire" until Augustus was named Emperor by the Senate. At the time, there was only the Roman Republic. The proper title would have been "Consuls of the Republic". See more »

Quotes

Spartacus: I am not a king. I am something better. A free man.
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Version of Spartacus (2010) See more »

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Both beautiful and accurate
20 April 2004 | by karone0355See all my reviews

This was a beautiful and touching version of the classic tale of a brave fight for freedom. The acting was wonderful; Goran Visnjic has a powerful presence and an emotional expression in his starring role. He had a depth to this character that I've never seen so well-portrayed in other versions. Angus MacFadyen's Marcus Crassus was not your typical "flat" villain. And Rhona Mitra was a wonderful Varinia; she and Goran made a perfect couple for the love story in this action picture.

The action was exciting, and I'm glad that Goran and the other actors playing gladiators did their own fight scenes.

Flipping through a book on Roman history as I watched, I was also surprised to find how historically accurate this version is in both the characters and the events that took place.

I loved it! Highly recommended, especially for fans of Roman history who want a more accurate representation of the real event.


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