Spartacus (1960)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Featuring terrific performances and epic action, Kubrick's restored swords-and-sandals epic is a true classic.


Movie Info

Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a rebellious slave purchased by Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), owner of a school for gladiators. For the entertainment of corrupt Roman senator Marcus Licinius Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Batiatus' gladiators are to stage a fight to the death. On the night before the event, the enslaved trainees are "rewarded" with female companionship. Spartacus' companion for the evening is Varinia (Jean Simmons), a slave from Brittania. When Spartacus later learns that Varinia … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Dalton Trumbo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2001
Runtime:
Universal Pictures

Cast


as Spartacus

as Marcus Licinius Cras...

as Varinia

as Antoninus

as Lentulus Batiatus

as Julius Caesar

as Helena Glabrus

as Tigranes

as Glabrus

as Marcellus

as Claudia Marius

as Gannicus

as Guard Captain

as Guard Captain

as Dionysius

as Caius

as Symmachus

as Old Crone

as Slave Girl

as Slave Girl

as Slave Girl

as Slave Girl

as Slave Girl

as Slave Leader

as Metallius

as Beggar Woman

as Garrison Officer

as Slave Leader

as Slave Leader

as Gladiator

as Gladiator

as Gladiator

as Gladiator

as Gladiator

as Roman General

as Soldier

as Soldier

as Soldier

as Soldier

as Soldier

as Soldier

as Soldier

as Marcus Licinius Cras...

as Legionnaire

as Legionnaire

as Legionnaire
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Critic Reviews for Spartacus

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (6)

This may be the most literate of all the spectacles set in antiquity.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Asurprisingly apt companion piece to Paths of Glory in its consideration of the mechanisms of power.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

...a passable historical epic that has little in common with the rest of Kubrick's output...

Full Review… | November 18, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

There have been other versions of the Spartacus story, including a silent epic and a more recent TV series, but Kubrick's film can't be beaten.

Full Review… | October 23, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

Kirk Douglas, while a little old in the role, makes a fine action hero, and Stanley Kubrick's still-accessible directing made the movie click.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
7M Pictures

Thrilling epic is too intense for the youngest.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Spartacus

The only film of which Kubrick did not have control, this sumptuous and forever influential sword-and-sandal epic balances quite well its campy moments with scenes of dramatic intensity, but also has a messy script full of moralizing and confusing behavior from most of its characters.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus is a defining classic that has withstood the test of time. Brilliantly acted and directed, this is one of the best epics that combines action, drama and romance. This is a stunning work of cinematic genius that is a must see for cinema fans of all ages looking for a terrific, well acted and brilliantly directed film with rousing action, thrills and a compelling story. This is among Kubrick's greatest works. This is a majestic piece of cinema, and remains one of the standout classics along with such works as Ben- Hur and Lawrence of Arabia. This is an epic film that is grand in scale and scope. This is a picture that only Stanley Kubrick could have directed. With a terrific cast of outstanding talent, this is a powerful work that delivers exciting visuals, great battles and memorable performances. Kirk Douglas delivers on-screen and his role is among the most famous roles in the long history of cinema. This is a wonderful film that is sure to please cinema buffs everywhere and it is among the greatest films ever made as well. The film is truly entertaining from start to finish right up to the unforgettable climax. This epic has had a profound impact on genre films for years to come, and though no film has surpassed the greatness of Spartacus, many pictures have been influenced by Kubrick's classic. A brilliant, compelling and unforgettable film that is among the greatest films ever made. A must see for serious film fans. This film is worth watching for Kirk Douglas performance alone, and there's plenty of aspects that stand out about this work. Stanley Kubrick would aim bigger and better with this film, and it set the stage for future films in Kubrick's long and legendary career.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

A seminal classic of sorts. One that is of true, simple story about injustice, the absurd and of freedom. Quite the riveting movie with the fitting mood and atmosphere and elegant drama to drive its archetypal hero. It's both tragic and triumphant, and bravely courageous.

Adriel Lim
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer

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