Roman Empire
Russell Crow in Gladiator credit: Universal and Dreamworks


A still from Spartacus. Credit: Universal

Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-winning 1963 historical drama Spartacus stars Kirk Douglas as the title character, a slave who spearheads a rebellion against Rome. Based on the 1951 novel by Howard Fast, the screenplay for Spartacus was adapted by Dalton Trumbo. The rest of the cast includes Laurence Olivier, who stars as Roman general Marcus Licinius Crassus, John Gavin as Julius Caesar, Jean Simmons (the actress, not to be confused with Gene Simmons from the band Kiss) as the fictional character Varinia, and Tony Curtis as the fictional character Antoninus. You can rent Spartacus on Amazon Prime Video.

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