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Epic tale, with deleted scenes, trailer and much more. Subtitles in spanish. Dubbed in french.


Studio Universal
SKU 40060492
UPC 025192018121
UPC 14 00025192018121
Format DVD
Release Date 6/5/2012
Rating Rating
Ancient World
Big Battles
Essential Cinema
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note SPARTACUS, based on Howard Fast's popular novel, is Stanley Kubrick's glorious masterpiece about a slave uprising in Rome in 70 B.C. Kirk Douglas, who also served as executive producer, stars as the title character, a man born of a slave woman and a slave master who has known nothing but chains his entire life. After being forced to put on a gladiator show--that almost leads to his death--for wealthy Romans (including a marvelously conniving Laurence Olivier as the power-hungry Crassus), Spartacus leads a slave revolt across Italy that soon has thousands marching on Rome. Meanwhile, he has fallen in love with the beautiful Varinia (an effervescent Jean Simmons), pledging his life to her.^Douglas assembled a fabulous all-star cast for the film; in addition to himself, Simmons, and Olivier, terrific performances are turned in by Charles Laughton as the curmudgeonly senator Gracchus, John Gavin as the young Julius Caesar, Tony Curtis as Antoninus (a "singer of songs," with all lines delivered in a beautifully thick New York accent), and especially Peter Ustinov, an Oscar winner for his portrayal of the businessman Batiatus, who always wants to know what's in it for him. Blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo's melodramatic script and Alex North's thrilling, soaring score add a majesty that helps make SPARTACUS one of the finest costume epics to ever come out of Hollywood.
Plot Summary
Summary Stanley Kubrick's SPARTACUS is the epic saga of the rebellious slave Spartacus, a Thracian who was born into slavery and becomes one of the notorious Roman gladiators. During what became known in history as the Servile Wars, he led an uprising against the mighty Roman republic that threatened to tear apart Italy.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Do you eat oysters?"--Crassus (Laurence Olivier)|"When I have them, master."--Antoninus (Tony Curtis)|"Do you eat snails?"--Crassus|"No, master."--Antoninus|"Do you consider the easting of oysters to be moral, and the eating of snails to be immoral?...My taste includes both snails and oysters."--Crassus
Quote "I am Spartacus."
USA Today "...Amazing depth-of-field....Terrific performances..." 04/26/1991 p.1D
Total Film "...One of the last truly great Roman epics, the Kirk Douglas-starrer boasts a true cast-of-thousands battle..." 03/01/2001 p.96
Empire "The entire film was an immediate hit with cinemagoers and the majority of critics....Unquestionably it is Douglas' film..." 03/01/2009
Premiere "A truly epic production with massive battles, iconic cinematography, and a legendary cast..." 05/24/2010
Stanley Kubrick
Charles Laughton
Peter Ustinov
Tony Curtis
Laurence Olivier
Cast & Crew
Charles Laughton - Star
Peter Ustinov - Star
Tony Curtis - Star
Laurence Olivier - Star
Jean Simmons - Star
John Gavin - Star
Kirk Douglas - Star
Nina Foch - Star
Robert Lawrence - Editor
Russell Metty - Director of Photography
Bill Thomas - Costume Designer
Dalton Trumbo - Screenwriter
Clifford Stine - Additional DOP
Alexander Golitzen - Production Designer
Edward Lewis - Producer
Alex North - Composer
Stanley Kubrick - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1960
Catalog ID 20181
UPC 00025192018121
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 196 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Name Peter Ustinov
Award Category Best Supporting Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1960
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Russell Metty
Award Category Best Cinematography
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1960
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Dual Layer, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Dolby, Keep Case
Product Attributes
Actor Douglas,Kirk
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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