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Stanley Kubrick

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About the Movie

Director Stanley Kubrick tells the tale of Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), the bold gladiator slave and Varinia (Jean Simmons), the woman who believed in his cause. Challenged by the power-hungry General Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Spartacus is forced to face his convictions and the power of Imperial Rome at its glorious height. The inspirational true account of man's eternal struggle for freedom, Spartacus combines history with spectacle to create a moving drama of love and commitment.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 53
  • Fresh: 51
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The most courageous thing about it, from today's standards, is that it closes without an obligatory happy ending, and an audience that has watched for 187 minutes doesn't get a tidy, mindless conclusion. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This may be the most literate of all the spectacles set in antiquity. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia), Oct 30, 2014

Fresh: Douglas is terrific as the iron-jawed slave fuelled by righteous fury. – James Christopher, Times (UK), Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

The best movie

This movie is timeless. Kirk Douglass is sublime in the role of Spartacus, a truly epic movie. He's in his mid 90's now after surviving a stroke he's still full of spitfire. It's hard to believe this was made 53 years ago, which would have made him just over 40, 42? He was in phenomenal shape and did a superb job on the film along with a fine lot of actors and crew. I never get tired of watching this movie.


Great movie! I can't wait to replace it with the HD Version for my Apple TV. As soon as it's for sale in HD, I'm getting all the Kubrick films again!
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Flying out?

Epic movie with an epic run time