Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Spartacus - Dalton Trumbo

Theatrical release poster by Reynold Brown
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Anthony Mann
Produced by Edward Lewis
Kirk Douglas
Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo
Based on Spartacus by
Howard Fast
Narrated by Vic Perrin
Starring Kirk Douglas
Laurence Olivier

Peter Ustinov

John Gavin

Jean Simmons

Charles Laughton

Tony Curtis
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
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million
Box office $60,000,000
Original 1960 theatrical release poster

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.

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