Directed by Stanley Kubrick. US. 1960. PG-13. 184 minutes. Universal. Digital.
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Sun., August 23, 2015
Often referred to as “an epic film for those who think they don’t like epics,” Spartacus is blessed with a cast and director (Stanley Kubrick) that have seldom been equaled. Kirk Douglas (who also served as executive producer) stars in the title role, as leader of a slave rebellion in Rome in the year 73 B.C., and his supporting cast can be considered to be a “who’s who” of some of the finest screen actors of the mid-twentieth century. Among his co-stars are: Lord Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov (who copped a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for a scene-stealing role as a sly, obsequious slave trader), Woody Strode, Herbert Lom, John Ireland, Nina Foch, and even Tony Curtis. Filmed with intelligence and exciting action, the story of Spartacus, based upon an actual event, is a most thoughtful and spectacular film. (Bill Roth)