Spartacus

Spartacus

Directed by Stanley Kubrick • 1960 • United States
Starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons

Stanley Kubrick took the sword and sandals epic to new heights with this thrilling pop-culture touchstone. A commanding Kirk Douglas delivers his most iconic performance as the eponymous gladiator, whose love for a beautiful slave (Jean Simmons) inspires him to lead a violent rebellion against the decadent Roman Empire (the excesses of which are memorably embodied by Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, and Peter Ustinov). The colorful script by Dalton Trumbo—adapted from a novel by fellow blacklist victim Howard Fast—turns the story of might vs. right into a subversive commentary on McCarthy-era America and helped to end the blacklist when the screenwriter received credit for his work after years of being forced to hide behind pseudonyms.

Spartacus
  • Spartacus

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick • 1960 • United States
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons

    Stanley Kubrick took the sword and sandals epic to new heights with this thrilling pop-culture touchstone. A commanding Kirk Douglas delivers his most iconic performance as the eponymous glad...

Extras

  • SPARTACUS Commentary

    This commentary by producer-actor Kirk Douglas, actor Peter Ustinov, novelist Howard Fast, producer Edward Lewis, film restoration expert Robert A. Harris, and designer Saul Bass was recorded in 1992.

  • SPARTACUS: Dalton Trumbo Analysis and Score Variations

    This scene-by-scene analysis is distilled from rough-cut notes submitted by screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, and from comments made by his collaborators. Michael McConnohie assumes the voice of Trumbo and additional narration is provided by Barbara Goodson. This audio track is also interspersed with a...

  • SPARTACUS Deleted Scenes: Spartacus Meets Varinia, US Version

    Many versions of the screenplay for SPARTACUS were drafted (Dalton Trumbo claimed to have 1,400 pages of re-writes), and by one account, Stanley Kubrick’s first cut was six hours long. Most of the scenes excised during both stages are lost. Beyond what was
    added back to the 1991 restored version,...

  • SPARTACUS Deleted Scenes: Spartacus Meets Varinia, UK Version

    In American versions of the scene in which the title character first meets Varinia in a jail cell, Batiatus and Marcellus are seen from Spartacus’ point of view as they approach the overhead grating. The U.K. release features an additional shot of the Romans—from a different angle—in which they p...

  • SPARTACUS Deleted Scenes: Gracchus’ Suicide

    Restoration expert Robert A. Harris says that his 10-month search through the vaults of MCA/Universal was not unlike an archaeological dig. One of the fragments from the original 202-minute preview version that it yielded was this rare audio recording of the end of Gracchus’ adieu to his maid-ser...

  • SPARTACUS Deleted Scenes: 1967 Finale

    There have been five different versions of SPARTACUS, with four different endings. This is the ending from the 1967 version, in which close-ups of Spartacus on a cross have been cut, apparently due to pressure from The Catholic Legion of Decency. This clip shows how indiscriminately shaved that v...

  • SPARTACUS Behind the Scenes Footage

    While the exact nature of this “gladatorial school” material remains unclear, it appears that it was created for possible publicity use by Universal Pictures and Kirk Douglas’ Bryna Productions. From the collection of Mr. Ashley Ward III.

  • SPARTACUS via Newsreel

  • Jean Simmons on SPARTACUS

    This is an edited version of a “formula” interview with actress Jean Simmons. It was shot on location at Hearst Mansion, on a set designed as Crassus’ opulent home. This interview includes silent interludes when Ms. Simmons appears to be listening raptly. These “holes” allowed local newscasters t...

  • Peter Ustinov on SPARTACUS, 1992

    This interview with actor Peter Ustinov was shot in April 1992 at his home in Bursins, Switzerland.

  • Peter Ustinov on SPARTACUS, 1960

    This is an edited version of a promotional TV interview with actor Peter Ustinov (shot as a companion piece to the interview with Jean Simmons).

  • The Hollywood Ten

    Made on the eve of the Hollywood Ten’s imprisonment in 1950, this documentary was directed by John Berry and produced by blacklisted filmmaker Paul Jarrico. Jarrico later produced the landmark 1954 film SALT OF THE EARTH (directed by one of the Hollywood
    Ten, Herbert Biberman), a U.S. Congress-ba...

  • SPARTACUS Trailer

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick • 1960 • United States
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons

    Stanley Kubrick took the sword and sandals epic to new heights with this thrilling pop-culture touchstone. A commanding Kirk Douglas delivers his most iconic performance as the eponymous glad...