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A welcome re-release of Stanley Kubrick's 1960 epic about Roman slaves in revolt which won four Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actor for Peter Ustinov, who joins an all-star cast including Kirk Douglas, Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton and Jean Simmons. The slave Spartacus (Douglas) is spared from a death sentence by the wily Batiatus (Ustinov), who trains the condemned man at his academy as a gladiator, to fight to the death for the entertainment of the rich and the powerful including Gracchus (Laughton) and his scheming successor Crassus (Olivier). Enraged by how little the Empire values human life, Spartacus leads a uprising with Antoninus (Tony Curtis) at his side but the valiant slaves are no match for Crassus, who desires Spartacus' wife Varinia (Simmons).