History Trivia / Spartacus

12th Aug '17 7:19:47 AM ClintEastwood
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* WrittenByCastMember: Creator/CharlesLaughton hated the Dalton Trumbo-written dialogue he was initially given, so Peter Ustinov rewrote all of the scenes featuring Batiatus and Gracchus together, which placated Laughton enough to complete his portion of the film.
12th Aug '17 7:16:09 AM ClintEastwood
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AllStarCast: Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/LaurenceOlivier,Jean Simmons, Creator/CharlesLaughton, Peter Ustinov and Tony Curtis.

to:

* AllStarCast: Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/LaurenceOlivier,Jean Simmons, Creator/CharlesLaughton, Peter Ustinov and Tony Curtis.Creator/TonyCurtis.


Added DiffLines:

* HostilityOnTheSet: In addition to Creator/KirkDouglas and Creator/StanelyKubrick butting heads onset, Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/CharlesLaughton, much like their characters, were longtime rivals and barely on speaking terms.
1st Aug '17 3:57:16 AM jormis29
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Creator/StanleyKubrick originally wanted Creator/AudreyHepburn to play Varinia. Creator/KirkDouglas had Jeanne Moreau in mind, but she was in Paris and wouldn't leave to do the film. Creator/IngridBergman was also considered.

to:

** Creator/StanleyKubrick originally wanted Creator/AudreyHepburn to play Varinia. Creator/KirkDouglas had Jeanne Moreau Creator/JeanneMoreau in mind, but she was in Paris and wouldn't leave to do the film. Creator/IngridBergman was also considered.
27th Mar '17 2:54:40 PM JulianLapostat
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AwardCategoryFraud: The movie was mostly shot by Creator/StanleyKubrick himself, but the Oscar won in that category went to Russell Metty.
19th Mar '17 6:49:47 AM AllenbysEyes88
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* CommonKnowledge: George Kennedy is often claimed to be one of the gladiators during the "I am Spartacus!" scene, but it's actually stuntman Bob Morgan.
12th Feb '17 11:30:10 AM JulianLapostat
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* WagTheDirector: Creator/KirkDouglas, as producer of the film, fired the original director, Anthony Mann (who later made ''Film/ElCid'' and ''The Fall Of The Roman Empire'') and brought in relative newcomer Creator/StanleyKubrick. Guess who wore the pants on set? Indeed, after making ''Spartacus'', Kubrick shifted to England and made all his remaining films there under highly controlled conditions feeling that he would never truly be free working within the Hollywood system.

to:

* WagTheDirector: Creator/KirkDouglas, as producer of the film, fired the original director, Anthony Mann Creator/AnthonyMann (who later made ''Film/ElCid'' and ''The Fall Of The Roman Empire'') and brought in relative newcomer Creator/StanleyKubrick. Guess who wore the pants on set? Indeed, after making ''Spartacus'', Kubrick shifted to England and made all his remaining films there under highly controlled conditions feeling that he would never truly be free working within the Hollywood system.
11th Feb '17 8:39:11 AM RaiderDuck
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** While having his name listed as the Director of a famous hit movie certainly helped his career, Kubrick professed dislike for the film itself. And after suffering through the multiple clashes with both actors and studio on this film, Kubrick insisted on full creative control, in writing, for his subsequent films.
1st Feb '17 10:26:41 AM JulianLapostat
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* CreativeDifferences: Creator/KirkDouglas, a passionate Zionist, wanted the history depicted to parallel the story of the Jewish people. He clashed with screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was more interested in making the film a commentary on the Cold War.
1st Feb '17 10:20:05 AM ooh
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[Bowdlerize]]

to:

* [[Bowdlerize]]{{Bowdlerize}}
1st Feb '17 10:19:41 AM ooh
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* [[Bowdlerize]]
** The opening narration references Christianity and that it attributed to Rome's fall. That was forced upon by TheHaysCode to make the movie look conservative. They weren't fooling anybody.
** Older prints of the film removed all closeups of a dying, crucified Spartacus at the film's end. The Criterion DVD includes this alternate ending as a special feature, with speculation over whether this was done for censorship or artistic reasons.
This list shows the last 10 events of 33. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Trivia.Spartacus