Theatrical release poster by Reynold Brown
|Directed by||Stanley Kubrick |
Anthony Mann (uncredited)
|Produced by||Edward Lewis |
Kirk Douglas (executive)
|Screenplay by||Dalton Trumbo|
|Based on||Spartacus by |
|Narrated by||Vic Perrin|
|Starring||Kirk Douglas |
|Music by||Alex North|
|Cinematography||Russell Metty |
Stanley Kubrick (uncredited)
|Editing by||Robert Lawrence|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||October 7, 1960 (1960-10-07)|
|Running time||184 minutes|
Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast. The life story of the historical figure Spartacus and the events of the Third Servile War were adapted by Dalton Trumbo as a screenplay.
The film stars Kirk Douglas as rebellious slave Spartacus and Laurence Olivier as his foe, the Roman general and politician Marcus Licinius Crassus. Co-starring are Peter Ustinov (who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as slave trader Lentulus Batiatus), John Gavin (as Julius Caesar), Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, John Ireland, Herbert Lom, Woody Strode, Tony Curtis, John Dall and Charles McGraw. The film won four Oscars in all.
The titles were designed by Saul Bass, who also has a credit as "visual consultant".
Anthony Mann, the film's original director, was replaced by Douglas with Kubrick after the first week of shooting.Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted at the time as one of the Hollywood Ten. Kirk Douglas publicly announced that Trumbo was the screenwriter of Spartacus, and President-elect John F. Kennedy crossed picket lines to see the movie, helping to end blacklisting.