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Spartacus 1960

  • Stanley Kubrick
  • October 6, 1960
  • 197 mins
  • English
  • Action, Drama, History
More titanic than any story ever told!
Spartacus is a 1960 American historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast about the historical life of Spartacus and the Third Servile War. The film stars Kirk Douglas as the rebellious slave Spartacus who leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire. The film was awarded four Oscars and stands today as one of the greatest classics of the Sword and Sandal genre.


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I really love the first hour of this (long) movie. Seeing the training and change of the slave gladiators is what I find interesting. Also, you get a lot of time with the owner Lentulus Batiatus, which is simply fantastic. He is so funny and entertaining, that every time he's on screen I am having a great time.

However, this movie is too long. They could cut a good amount from the middle and it would be a lot better. It feels like we skip the battles themselves a lot until the end. This does really knock an otherwise great movie down for me. But hey, Laurence Olivier is in it too. The great overcomes the minor bad in this one.

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One of my favorite movies of all time, a must watch for anyone!

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