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Spartacus(1960)

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The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes. Meanwhile, in Rome, the slave revolt has become a deciding factor in the power struggle between two senators: the republican Gracchus and the militarist Crassus, each of whom sees the fortunes of the rebellion as the key to his own rise to power or humiliating defeat. As the two statesmen attempt to aid, hinder and manipulate the rebels for their own benefit, Spartacus and his followers press on toward freedom.

Cast & Crew

Kirk Douglas Spartacus
Laurence Olivier [Marcus Licinius] Crassus
Jean Simmons Varinia
Peter Ustinov Batiatus
John Gavin Julius Caesar
Nina Foch Helena
Herbert Lom Tigranes
John Dall Marcus Glabrus
Charles McGraw Marcellus
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  PG-13 Premiere Info:  World premiere in New York: 22 Sep 1960; Chicago, IL opening; 13 Oct 1960; Los Angeles opening: 19 Oct 1960; Boston, MA opening: 27 Oct 1960
Release Date:  1960 Production Date:  [Super Technirama-70]
EB; Pat will bring in her own commercial copy
Color/B&W:  Color (Technicolor) Distributions Co:  Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Sound:  70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Dolby SR (35 mm prin Production Co:  Bryna Productions, Inc., Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc.
Duration(mins):  190 or 195 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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  • I finally caught on

    Wolfman 2017-04-17

    Call me slow or inattentive but I finally understand why the bath scene between Olivier and Curtis is regarded as homo erotic. 'Snails or oysters... MORE>

  • Why Spartacus resonates.

    Roland 2016-11-25

    Saw Spartacus the year before I enlisted in the military, volunteering to fight for freedom as Spartacus did. Most of the film is historically accurate.... MORE>

  • No I'm Spartacus

    ojc 2016-09-01

    Wow long winded movie and long winded debate here at TCM. Come on Guys the film is 56 years old! Not sure it will change anyone's views on capitalism... MORE>