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1960 historical drama directed by Stanley Kubrick

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Stanley Kubrick: Director for hire.

  • May 6, 2009
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Spartacus was a director for hire gig for Stanley Kubrick. Kirk Douglas was in a pinch for his next film project. He was making an epic film about a slave in the roman republic who rebels against his masters. Anthony Mann stepped down from the director's chair and Mr. Douglas needed someone to take over. Enters Stanley Kubrick. Although he has little creative input (i.e. script and story wise) he manages to make a compelling movie with his keen eye and directorial abilities.

Filmed in a grand scope and in such great detail, Spartacus is eye candy for fans of epic film making. I can only imagine what the film would have been like if he had total control over the project. Kirk Douglas is the man as Spartacus, Tony Curtis is quite good as his sidekick, Charles Laughton is wise and witty as the elder senator, Peter Ustinov is a hoot in his role as the poor victim of fortunate (and unfortunate) circumstance and Sir Laurence Olivier shows why he was the premier actor of his day as Crassus.

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review by . November 18, 2010
While this film doesn't have the awe-inspiring grandeur of its contemporaries like Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments, it DOES have one of my all-time favourite film scenes.  The moment when Spartacus (ably played by Kirk Douglas) attempts to surrender to the Romans, and every man on the hillside stands one by one, saying 'I am Spartacus' is unforgettable.  Without a doubt, one of the most powerful movie moments shot for the silver screen.  The action is fast paced, and …
Quick Tip by . October 04, 2010
This is one of the best sword and sandal movies ever made. Honor, loyalty, and friendship among men. I am Spartacus!
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Spartacus is a historical drama film released on October r7, 1960 and produced by Universal Pictures.  The film was directed by Stanley Kubrick and was written by Howard Fast and Dalton Trumbo. Spartacus was produced by Kirk Douglas, and starred himself, Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton and Tony Curtis.

Spartacus tells the story about a slave named Spartacus who leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire.  After its release the film received 9 nominations, and celebrated 4 various wins and 4 Academy Awards in 1961 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design.

A scene of the film was shot in a Michigan State, Notre Dame college football game.It was given an MPAA rating of PG-13 and runs 184 minutes.

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Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Release Date: 1960
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Dalton Trumbo, Howard Fast
Runtime: 198 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
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