|Language and/or Subtitles:||English|
|Availability:||Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 10 copies|
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 has been sold to Crassus, he leads 78 fellow gladiators in revolt. Word of the rebellion spreads like wildfire, and soon Spartacus' army numbers in the hundreds. Escaping to join his cause is Varinia, who has fallen in love with Spartacus, and another of Crassus' house slaves, the sensitive Antoninus (Tony Curtis). The revolt becomes the principal cog in the wheel of a political struggle between Crassus and a more temperate senator named Gracchus (Charles Laughton). Anthony Mann was the original director of Spartacus, eventually replaced by Stanley Kubrick, who'd previously guided Douglas through Paths of Glory. The film received 4 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Ustinov. A crucial scene between Olivier and Curtis, removed from the 1967 reissue because of its subtle homosexual implications, was restored in 1991, with a newly recorded soundtrack featuring Curtis as his younger self and Anthony Hopkins standing in for the deceased Olivier. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rebellious slave leads a crusade for freedom against the Roman Empire.
-- -71 B.C.
Revolutionaries -- Rome -- Drama.
Gladiators -- Rome -- Drama.
Rome -- History -- Servile Wars, 135-71 B.C. -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Universal City, CA :Universal Home Video,1998
|Other Titles|| Spartacus.
Lewis, Edward, producer.
Kubrick, Stanley, director.
Douglas, Kirk, 1916-2020 actor.
Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989, actor.
Simmons, Jean, 1929-2010, actor.
Laughton, Charles, 1899-1962, actor.
Ustinov, Peter, actor.
Gavin, John, 1931-2018, actor.
Curtis, Tony, 1925-2010, actor.
North, Alex, composer.
Fast, Howard, 1914-2003. Spartacus.
Universal Pictures (Firm), production company.
Bryna Productions, production company.
Universal Studios Home Video (Firm), publisher.
Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Tony Curtis.
Director of photography, Russell Metty ; editor, Robert Lawrence ; music, Alex North ; restorers, Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz.
MPAA rating: PG-13.
In English or French; with optional Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1960.
Based on the novel by Howard Fast.
"Presented uncut and fully restored."
"[F]eatures an additional five minutes of footage cut from the film's original release, plus the original overture and extended soundtrack."
Special features: Production notes; cast and filmmakers; theatrical trailers.
DVD; NTSC; region 1; widescreen (2.21:1) presentation; dual layer; Dolby digital 5.1 surround (English) and surround (French).
Academy Awards, 1961: Best Actor in a Supporting Role ; Best Art Direction--Set Decoration (Color) ; Best Cinematography (Color) ; Best Costume Design (Color)
Golden Globe Award, Best Motion Picture (Drama), 1961
1 videodisc (196 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.