Popcorn and Inspiration: ‘Spartacus’: Heroes Defend the Weak and Defy the Powerful

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PG-13 | 3 h 17 min | Drama, Epic | 1960 The story’s simple enough, based loosely on real-life Roman-era figures. A gladiator-slave, Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) breaks free, rustles up a rebel army, and challenges the might of a crumbling Roman Empire. Through the loyalty and love of his men he grows to command, this lowly, one-time slave towers above the most decorated Romans in morality and courage, who, for all their clout, command neither love nor loyalty. Draba (Woody Strode, L) and Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) fight to the death, in “Spartacus.” (MovieStillsDB) Three men embody Rome’s decadence: Senator Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Batiatus (Peter Ustinov) whose gladiator-slaves entertain Rome’s elite, and Crassus’s fellow power-monger Gracchus (Charles Laughton)....

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