Synopsis: Sentenced to spend out the rest of his adult life laboring in the harsh deserts of Egypt, the Thracian slave Spartacus gets a new lease on life when he is purchased by the obese owner of a Roman gladiator school. Moved by the defiance of an Ethiopian warrior, Draba, Spartacus leads a slave uprising which threatens Rome's status quo. As Spartacus gains sympathy within the Roman Senate, he also makes a powerful enemy in form of Marcus Lucinius Crassus, who makes it a matter of personal honor to crush the rebellion.
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Director(s): Robert Dornhelm
  Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 6 nominations.
174 min

You were right, Varinia.

Vengeance alone is not enough.

To become like your enemy

is to lose to him.

But what's important isn't our

living or our dying...

but this new thing we've

created, however briefly.

A world without slaves.

And if you die, who will

tell that story?

Live, so that I will live.

So that we will live on.

So that it won't be wasted

or forgotten.

Did you see the look

he gave you, Varinia?

I didn't.

And even if I had...

I wouldn't care.

What sort of look?

What look, you?

What look?

You tell me!

I made a promise once

to tell our story.

It began in a small village

in Gaul...

where I was born a free woman.

Then the Romans destroyed my world

and made me a slave.

Nothing and no one could

stand against the Romans.

But Rome herself was torn

by conflict.

Bloody civil wars

raged for years...

between plebeians and their

rivals, the patricians...

led by Senator Marcus Crassus,

the richest man in the world.

As a child, he had seen his father

murdered in the Forum.

Crassus had risen from the

ashes of his family's defeat...

to unlimited wealth

and ambition.

Ambition kept in check only by his

rivals like Antonius Agrippa.

The civil wars were over. Men

smiled at one another in public.

But the fighting never stopped.

Fishing for votes?

No, just enjoying our

democratic way of life.

A new wine. From Spain.

Delicious. But I like your

cupbearer better.

Any news from Spain

along with the wine?

- A great victory by Pompey.

- Another?

The man is positively

boring in his triumphs.

I shall console myself with the way

Crassus must feel.

Pompey's no great warrior.

He got so fat on the riches of his

triumphs he can't ride his horse.

Disparage Pompey all you like

but the man gets the job done.

Victory over a handful of

vermin ridden Gaulish peasants...

is hardly the mark of

military distinction.

They say he will be Consul.

This grape...

is not to my satisfaction.

More wine.

I think I'm going to

borrow your wife, Cornelius.

The wealth of a man like Crassus

could be seen in gold or silver...

but it's true measure

was in flesh.

Thousands of slaves.

They lived out their short lives

in a world of suffering...

at the whim of their masters.

No Roman citizen gave them

a second thought.

Greetings, citizens.

Today we offer a group of

barbarians from Gaul...

courtesy of the great Pompey.

Ahoy, Batiatus.

What brings you up from Capua?

The same thing as you,

I would imagine.

My stock needs freshening.

Although how a man from the country

can bid against a Senator...

- I might as well go home.

- A modest man from the country?

Yours is widely known as the finest

gladiatorial school in all Italy.

- You flatter me.

- No, not in the least.

Look at this beauty.

And a virgin.

A virgin. Given the appetite of

our frontier troops, I doubt that.

Being a virgin is overrated.

It's just an excuse to inflate

the price.

Good teeth.

Wide hips.

And an excellent breeder.


She's easy on the eye,

I'll grant you...

but these Gauls have

thin blood.

They rarely last the winter. I'd be

like throwing your money away.

Why, Batiatus,

are you in love?

Don't worry, my friend.

I won't bid against you.

You're too kind, Senator.

- But I may need a favor some day.

- Of course.

- Five hundred sesterces!

- Done!

How can the Senate choose Pompey

over you as the next Consul?

It would be a close vote.

I bought you a gift.

It's beautiful.

- You are too generous.

- Am I?

Well, I suppose I might be.

In the arms of the

richest man in Rome...

- and her husband's best friend...

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Howard Fast

Howard Melvin Fast (November 11, 1914 – March 12, 2003) was an American novelist and television writer. Fast also wrote under the pen names E. V. Cunningham and Walter Ericson. more…

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