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Spartacus (2004)

After he is bought by the owner of a Roman gladiator school and trained as a gladiator, a slave leads a rebellion of slaves and gladiators into revolt against Rome.

Director:

Robert Dornhelm

Writers:

Howard Fast (novel), Robert Schenkkan (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goran Visnjic ... Spartacus
Alan Bates ... Agrippa
Angus Macfadyen ... Crassus
Rhona Mitra ... Varinia
Ian McNeice ... Batiatus
James Frain ... David
Henry Simmons ... Draba
Ross Kemp ... Cinna
Ben Cross ... Glabrus
Paul Kynman ... Crixus
Paul Telfer ... Gannicus
Chris Jarman ... Nordo
Georgina Rylance ... Helena
Stuart Bunce ... Cornelius Lucius
Hristo Shopov ... Maecenus
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Storyline

Sentenced to spend out the rest of his adult life laboring in the harsh deserts of Egypt, the Thracian slave Spartacus gets a new lease on life when he is purchased by the obese owner of a Roman gladiator school. Moved by the defiance of an Ethiopian warrior, Draba, Spartacus leads a slave uprising which threatens Rome's status quo. As Spartacus gains sympathy within the Roman Senate, he also makes a powerful enemy in the form of Marcus Lucinius Crassus, who makes it a matter of personal honor to crush the rebellion. Written by Ronos

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Once a slave. Forever a legend.

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Action | Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spartacus See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

A noticeable piece of dramatic license has Spartacus' son born exactly at the moment Spartacus dies in battle. As Marcus Crassus and Pompey Magnus are proclaimed co-consuls, the announcer calls Rome an Empire, when it was still an Republic at the time. See more »

Goofs

At the end Caesar proposes Crassus and Pompeius made "Co-Consuls". Consuls were *always* elected in pairs in the Roman Republic, and they were *elected*, not chosen. When Agrippa says "Never in the history of the Republic" he's cut off before he can say what we think he says, but it's not true if he were going to say that Consuls never came in pairs. They always did, even in Imperial times. See more »

Quotes

Spartacus: I am not a king. I am something better. A free man.
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Version of Spartacus (2010) See more »

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Different from original, surprisingly good
19 April 2004 | by johnrp-1See all my reviews

Goran Visnjic gave a very credible performance as Spartacus. Instead of the superhero-style portrayed by Kirk Douglas (which I happened to LOVE that movie), Goran added more depth to the character ... the strengths AND the weaknesses. I also liked how the show developed his skills as a gladiator by having him do some real fighting rather than how it was done in the original.

Crassus (played by Angus MacFadyen) was likewise very three-dimensional. It was a shame that the movie was only 2 hours long (4 hours if you count the commercials). Given more time, it would have been enjoyable to see more of Crassus's political maneuvering. If that character had been born in our century, he'd be king of our country by now.

And there were surprisingly strong performances by others in bit-parts, like George Calil as Pompey, Ben Cross as Glabrus, and Henry Simmons as Draba. You can see that they did their homework and put real work into their character developments.

All in all, I give it an '8'. I'd like to give it a higher score, but I thought that the fight scenes were less than spectacular. Add a few thousand more stand-ins and maybe it would have been more believable. But I just didn't get the sense of volume that should have been there.


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