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Spartacus is a biography action-adventure film about a slave who leads a violent revolt against the Roman empire. The film follows the lives of Spartacus, the rebellious slave, and Marcus Licinius Crassus, a Roman general. After Sparactus is put into a gladiator training facility, he shows great strength and promise. He uses his popularity amongst the men to start a revolt against them and against Rome. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and Anthony Mann. Starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, and Jean Simmons.

Spartacus received mixed reviews by critics upon its initial release. However, the film went on to have great financial success and has since became known as one of the best films of the 1960s and one of Kirk Douglas' best movies of his career. Read on for some quotes from Spartacus.


Narrator: In the last century before the birth of the new faith called Christianity, which was destined to overthrow the pagan tyranny of Rome and bring about a new society, the Roman Republic stood at the very center of the civilized world. "Of all things fairest," sang the poet, "first among cities and home of the gods is golden Rome." Yet, even at the zenith of her pride and power, the Republic lay fatally stricken with a disease called human slavery. The age of the dictator was at hand, waiting in the shadows for the event to bring it forth. In that same century, in the conquered Greek province of Thrace, an illiterate slave woman added to her master's wealth by giving birth to a son whom she named Spartacus. A proud, rebellious son who was sold to living death in the mines of Libya before his thirteenth birthday. There, under whip and chain and sun, he lived out his youth and his young manhood dreaming the death of slavery two thousand years before it finally would die.
Spartacus: What's your name?
Draba: You don't want to know my name. I don't want to know your name.
Spartacus: Just a friendly question.
Draba: Gladiators don't make friends. If we're ever matched in the arena together, I have to kill you.
Batiatus: Come with us. See to it I don't misuse the money.
Gracchus: Don't be ridiculous. I'm a Senator.
Julius Caesar: Rome is the mob.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: No! Rome is an eternal thought in the mind of God.
Julius Caesar: I'd no idea you'd grown religious.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: [laughs] It doesn't matter. If there were no gods at all I'd still revere them. If there were no Rome, I'd dream of her.
Spartacus: I am not an animal!
Lentulus Biatatus: There's one man I hate: Crassus.
Sempronius Gracchus: You've grown very ambitious in your hatred.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: I understand - I'm informed that Spartacus once trained under your auspices.
Lentulus Biatatus: Yes. In fact, if it isn't too subversive to say so, I made him what he is today.
[on a gladiator who had wanted to see Rome]
Spartacus: He has no need. Rome has come to us.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: You can't grieve forever.
Varinia: I'm not grieving.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: What are you doing?
Varinia: I am remembering.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: And what do you remember when you think of Spartacus?
Varinia: I remember that he started out all alone. And yet, on the day he died, thousands and thousands died in his place.
Varinia: Goodbye, my love, my life. Goodbye, good-bye.
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