Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/29/12
Despite its length, the movie entertains such as the moments of the actual battle, training the slaves and gladiators and more. One has to have the patience and focus though to truly appreciate the beauty of the film. Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) was selected to be a gladiator. Crassus (Laurence Olivier) buys a slave named Varinia (Jean Simmons). Excellent screenplay with lines from the hero: "I am not an animal" and "As long as we live we must stay true to ourselves." The romantic scenes and the discussion Crassus (Olivier) attempts to seduce his slave Antoninus (Curtis) slave slows the pace. The action, cinematography, score, location and costumes were fabulous. Kirk Douglas was perfect for the role while the rest provided solid support, even the thousands of extras utilized. Spartacus is a classic gladiator picture which tackles the subjects of slavery, freedom, politics, leadership and faith.