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Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Dalton Trumbo, and based on the 1951 novel of the same title by Howard Fast. It is inspired by the life story of Spartacus, the leader of a slave revolt in antiquity, and the events of the Third Servile War. It stars Kirk Douglas in the title role, Laurence Olivier as Roman general and politician Marcus Licinius Crassus, Peter Ustinov as slave trader Lentulus Batiatus, John Gavin as Julius Caesar, Jean Simmons as Varinia, Charles Laughton as Sempronius Gracchus, and Tony Curtis as Antoninus.

Plot

In the first century BC, the Roman Republic has slid into corruption, its menial work done by armies of slaves. One of these, a proud and gifted Thracian named Spartacus, is so uncooperative in his position in a mining pit that he is sentenced to death by starvation. By chance, he is displayed to unctuous Roman businessman Lentulus Batiatus, who – impressed by his ferocity – purchases Spartacus for his gladiatorial school, where he instructs trainer Marcellus to not overdo his indoctrination because he thinks "he has quality". Amid the abuse, Spartacus forms a quiet relationship with a serving woman named Varinia, whom he refuses to rape when she is sent to "entertain" him in his cell. Spartacus and Varinia are subsequently forced to endure numerous humiliations for defying the conditions of servitude.

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    award Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Color Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
    contentLocation Italy
    director Stanley Kubrick
    editor Robert Lawrence
    genre adventure drama historical
    keywords break capture capua cilicia collect country estate crucifixion crucify disturb ethiopian fight fight to the death force gift gladiator gladiatorial gracchus id julius caesar kill lower class lower classes marcus licinius crassus martyr mine patrician plebeian rebel leader roman army roman legion roman republic roman senate sex slave shout slave slavery in ancient rome surround survive taunt thracian tiberius gracchus trap via appia
    musicBy Alex North
    nomination Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color Academy Award for Best Costume Design Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Color Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic or Comedy Score Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for Best Film Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Director Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
    producer Edward Lewis
    productionCompany Bryna Productions
    recordedAt Madrid Spain
    theme activists epic lgbt-related war