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Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Kirk Douglas as Spartacus
Laurence Olivier as Marcus Licinius Crassus
Jean Simmons as Varinia
Charles Laughton as Gracchus
Peter Ustinov as Batiatus
John Gavin as Julius Caesar
Tony Curtis as Antoninus
Nina Foch as Helena
John Ireland as Crixus
Herbert Lom as Tigranes
John Dall as Marcus Glabrus
Charles McGraw as Marcellus
Joanna Barnes as Claudia
Harold J. Stone as David
Woody Strode as Draba
Peter Brocco as Ramon
Paul Lambert as Gannicus
Robert J. Wilke as Guard captain
Nicholas Dennis as Dionysius
John Hoyt as Caius
Frederic Worlock Laelius
Saul Gorss as Slave leader
Charles Horvath as Slave leader
Spartacus is a 1960 epic film directed by Stanley Kubrick
and released by Universal Pictures.
Set in ancient times when Rome ruled the world, Spartacus, a slave working in the salt mines, defends another slave, an old man, and is sentenced to die by starvation for his rebelliousness.
Lentulus Batiatus is a man who recruits gladiators and organizes battles between them for the entertainment of wealthy Romans. Once a slave is purchased by Batiatus, he is trained by Marcellus for battle to the death.
The Roman, Crassus, arranges two gladiatorial duels for the entertainment of some friends
where he sees battles between gladiators Crixus and Galino and Spartacus and Draba. When Draba defeats Spartacus he refuses to kill him, instead throwing his weapon into the spectator’s viewing area and is quickly killed. Crassus and his companions leave the arena
after Crassus buys the slave woman, Varinia, with whom Spartacus has fallen in love.
Frustrated and angered by the death of Draba and the purchase of Varinia, Spartacus revolts and is joined by the other gladiators and their numbers swell when they are joined by other slaves
in the district
Roman forces are sent out to recapture Spartacus and his army of slaves
while Roman politicians maneuver among themselves for power, but Spartacus remains undefeated. Varinia escapes and she and Spartacus are reunited while his army grows in numbers as he travels to the coast where he hopes to obtain ships to sail to freedom.
Directors: Stanley Kubrick
Actors: Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas, Nina Foch, John Gavin, John Ireland, Charles Laughton, Herbert Lom, Charles McGraw, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Harold J. Stone, Woody Strode, Peter Ustinov, Robert J. Wilke