But even…, Fear is a powerful emotion. Roman response to the uprising was at first slow and inadequate. Part of the reason why Spartacus was so successful in fighting Roman armies was that Rome didn’t have their best men available to wage war, as Rome was already engaged in two other wars at the same time—a revolt in Hispania (Spain) and the Third Mithridatic War—which called for their most capable generals and soldiers. What did he think was going to happen? That’s a no-no. "While they had all this film, they had no 'movie' and no story — just pieces of film really."

[mimicking Laughton] 'Thank you so much, Larry.

"They had started shooting the movie from Dalton Trumbo's script and they had about an hour and forty minutes of disconnected and chaotic film," Fast said in an interview. to A.D. 68 (1959; 2d ed. Douglas turned to Kubrick, his director on Paths of Glory (1957), who agreed for a salary of $150,000. was a Thracian gladiator who led a slave war in Italy against the Romans. Before the final battle of the war, the Battle of the Silarus River, Spartacus made a bold move to rile his troops up: He brought his horse before his men and killed it, declaring that if they won the battle, he would have new horses to choose from, but if they lost, he simply would not need one. Spartacus Slave Revolt Leader Born c. 109 BC Around the middle course of Struma River Died 71 BC Battlefield near present territory of Senerchia Nationality Thracian Wars Third Servile War Spartacus (c. 109-71 B.C.) But Olivier knew that Laughton was going to appear at Stratford in England as King Lear and tried to make up for this atmosphere by giving Laughton a little diagram with crosses on it and saying [mimicking Olivier], 'Dear boy, I’ve marked here the areas on the stage from where you can’t be heard.' Another possible pitfall for Spartacus and his men may have been their time wasted pillaging the countryside; this pillaging was attractive because they were able to collect small fortunes. According to Ustinov, he had to act as a buffer between the thespians Laughton (Gracchus) and Olivier (Crassus). Spartacus’ rebellion plans suffered a fatal blow when he attempted an escape to Sicily in order to recuperate his losses and incite a larger rebellion on the island. Oh, you are kind.' Eventually he found himself in the gladiator school of Gnaeus Lentulus Batiatus at Capua. Once they broke free, they seized wagons full of gladiator weapons and fought off the local police before fleeing South to set up at Mount Vesuvius. Spartacus defeated local levies led by a propraetor and a praetor in three sharp engagements. and Douglas stopped production for 10 days when he came down with the flu. Vesuvius, where they were joined by slaves and farm workers from the countryside.

Its budget ended up exceeding the total worth of Universal, which was sold to MCA for $11,250,000 during filming. Spartacus got almost no support from the Italian population, which remained loyal to Rome.