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3,475 Ratings


Directed by Stanley Kubrick
United States, 1960


In 1st Century B.C., a rebellious slave being trained as a gladiator turns on his owners and begins an enormous revolt as he leads escaped slaves to their freedom.

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Spartacus Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1961 | 4 wins including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1961 | 2 nominations including: Best Film Editing

National Film Preservation Board

2017 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

Sword-and-sandal epics may be out of style now, but Spartacus is still as stirring as ever—especially in light of the recent rise and fall of Occupy Wall Street movement, which suggests how vital the film’s liberal sympathies remain today.
November 04, 2015
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The daring ventures into eroticism and violence both prefigured and paved the way for later epics like Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator, films that would be inconceivable had Spartacus not brought an adult sensibility and genuine filmmaking flair to a genre previously steeped in piety and puerility.
April 23, 2001
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A blockbuster epic that might be described even in its newly restored form as a wonderful mess — uneven but often exciting and emotionally stirring — Spartacus actually encapsulates the onset of the Kennedy era in much the way that Cecil B. De Mille’s The Ten Commandments (1956) epitomized Eisenhower’s last term of office.
May 10, 1991
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