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Spartacus (1960)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40060492
UPC: 025192018121
UPC 14: 00025192018121
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Epic tale, with deleted scenes, trailer and much more. Subtitles in spanish. Dubbed in french.
Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Dual Layer, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Dolby, Keep Case

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/5/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 196 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1960
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20181
Video UPC UPC: 00025192018121
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Charles Laughton
Video Cast Info Peter Ustinov
Video Cast Info Tony Curtis
Video Cast Info Laurence Olivier
Video Cast Info Jean Simmons
Video Cast Info John Gavin
Video Cast Info Kirk Douglas
Video Cast Info Nina Foch
Video Cast Info Robert Lawrence - Editor
Video Cast Info Russell Metty - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Bill Thomas - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Dalton Trumbo - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Clifford Stine - Additional DOP
Video Cast Info Alexander Golitzen - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Edward Lewis - Producer
Video Cast Info Alex North - Composer
Video Cast Info Stanley Kubrick - Director
Plot 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

"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

"I am Spartacus."

Professional Reviews

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

"The entire film was an immediate hit with cinemagoers and the majority of critics....Unquestionably it is Douglas' film..." 03/01/2009

"A truly epic production with massive battles, iconic cinematography, and a legendary cast..." 05/24/2010

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Douglas,Kirk
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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