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* CompilationMovie: The miniseries was cut down to a 2-hour movie called ''The Atagonists'' for theatrical release.

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* CompilationMovie: The miniseries was cut down to a 2-hour movie called ''The Atagonists'' Antagonists'' (just like the original book the mini-series is based on) for theatrical release.

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* CompilationMovie: The miniseries was cut down to a 2-hour movie called ''The Atagonists'' for theatrical release.


It was directed by Boris Sagal and starred Creator/PeterOToole as Roman legion commander Cornelius Flavius Silva, Peter Strauss as the Jewish Sicarii commander Eleazar ben Ya'ir, Barbara Carrera as Sheva (Silva's Jewish mistress), Anthony Quayle as Rubrius Gallus, Creator/DavidWarner as Pomponius Falco and Timothy West as Emperor Vespasian. O'Toole was nominated for an Emmy for his performance, his first appearance in an American TV production. Music/JerryGoldsmith and Morton Stevens composed the series' score, which earned Goldsmith an Emmy. David Warner also won an Emmy, for Best Supporting Actor.

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It was directed by Boris Sagal and starred Creator/PeterOToole as Roman legion commander Cornelius Flavius Silva, Peter Strauss as the Jewish Sicarii commander Eleazar ben Ya'ir, Barbara Carrera Creator/BarbaraCarrera as Sheva (Silva's Jewish mistress), Anthony Quayle as Rubrius Gallus, Creator/DavidWarner as Pomponius Falco and Timothy West as Emperor Vespasian. O'Toole was nominated for an Emmy for his performance, his first appearance in an American TV production. Music/JerryGoldsmith and Morton Stevens composed the series' score, which earned Goldsmith an Emmy. David Warner also won an Emmy, for Best Supporting Actor.

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* AffablyEvil: Falco is soft-spoken but his villainy quickly shows.


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* DrivenToSuicide: Everyone in the fortress once it becomes clear that they are defeated.


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* AFatherToHisMen: Both Silva and Eleazar are this to their own forces.


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* GoodJobBreakingItHero: Silva stops Falco from catapulting the slaves just when Eleazar is about to surrender.
* GrayAndGrayMorality / BothSidesHaveAPoint: Both the Romans and the Zealots are right in many things they say against each other. They are also both hypocrites to some degree.


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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Narrowly subverted. When the battering ram proves ineffective against the wooden wall built by the defenders, the Romans light the wall on fire. After some time, the wind turns and the fire almost burns down the siege tower. Fortunately for the Romans, the wind turns again before it would happen.


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* AMatchMadeInStockholm: ZigZagged with Sheva and Silva's relationship.


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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: When Falco orders the Jewish slaves to be catapulted to death, Eleazar runs into the temple angrily and starts taunting God.


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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Silva makes a truce with the Zealots at the beginning. Too bad the Emperor is not that reasonable.


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* ScareChord: The music playing when the Romans discover the mass suicide of the Jews has a lot of this-


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* TooDumbToLive: Rubius Gallus goes in range of the Jewish archers in broad daylight to make some measurements for the ramp.


''Masada'' is an American MiniSeries that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in April 1981. It is a [[HistoricalFiction fictionalized account]] of the historical [[TheSiege siege]] of the Masada citadel in Israel by legions of the UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire in AD 73 during the first UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts. The series' script is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Antagonists'' by Ernest K. Gann while also using details from historical sources by Roman-Jewish historian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus Flavius Josephus]].

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''Masada'' is an American MiniSeries that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in April 1981. It is a [[HistoricalFiction fictionalized account]] of the historical [[TheSiege siege]] of the Masada citadel in Israel UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} by legions of the UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire in AD 73 during the first UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts. The series' script is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Antagonists'' by Ernest K. Gann while also using details from historical sources by Roman-Jewish historian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus Flavius Josephus]].


* DatedHistory: A more recent example than the rest of the story: the final scene of the miniseries is the swearing in of an Israeli military squadron on the grounds of Masada, with the oath that the fortress won't fall again. IDF oath swearings stopped being done on Masada in TheNineties after the higher-ups thought it over and decided that an oath to be DefiantToTheEnd in a place where there was a mass suicide gave off mixed signals, to put it nicely.

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* DatedHistory: A more recent example than the rest of the story: the final scene of the miniseries is the swearing in of an Israeli military squadron on the grounds of Masada, with the oath that the fortress won't fall again. IDF oath swearings stopped being done on Masada in TheNineties after the higher-ups thought it over and decided that an oath to be DefiantToTheEnd in a place where there was a mass suicide gave off mixed signals, to put it nicely.


-->'''Flavius Silva:''' We have won a rock in the middle of a wasteland on the shore of a poisoned sea.

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-->'''Legionary:''' For the Senate and People of Rome. To them, the victory!
-->'''Flavius Silva:''' Victory? We have won a rock in the middle of a wasteland on the shore shores of a poisoned sea.


''Masada'' is an American MiniSeries that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in April 1981. It is a [[HistoricalFiction fictionalized account]] of the historical [[TheSiege siege]] of the Masada citadel in Israel by legions of the UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire in AD 73 during the first UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts. The TV series' script is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Antagonists'' by Ernest K. Gann while also using details from historical sources by Roman-Jewish historian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus Flavius Josephus]].

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''Masada'' is an American MiniSeries that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in April 1981. It is a [[HistoricalFiction fictionalized account]] of the historical [[TheSiege siege]] of the Masada citadel in Israel by legions of the UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire in AD 73 during the first UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts. The TV series' script is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Antagonists'' by Ernest K. Gann while also using details from historical sources by Roman-Jewish historian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus Flavius Josephus]].


* NothingCanStopUsNow: Silva has the following line once the siege tower reaches the walls of Masada:
-->'''Flavius Silva:''' Now they will surrender.

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* NothingCanStopUsNow: Silva has the following line once the siege tower reaches the walls of Masada:
Masada, with the ram ready to demolish the wall.
-->'''Flavius Silva:''' Now they will surrender.Now! Surrender now!


* TheBigGuy: Gideon (Paul L. Smith), among the Zealots. He is the strongest guy in all of Masada. It takes up to ''five men'' to carry a wooden beam similar to the one he carries ''alone'' to reinforce the wall that's to be destroyed by the Roman siege tower's ram.

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* TheBigGuy: Gideon (Paul L. Smith), among the Zealots. He is the strongest guy in all of Masada. It takes up to ''five men'' to carry a wooden beam similar to the one he carries ''alone'' to reinforce the wall that's to be destroyed by the Roman siege tower's ram.


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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: It takes up to ''five men'' to carry a wooden beam similar to the one Gideon carries ''alone'' to reinforce the wall that's to be destroyed by the Roman siege tower's ram.


* TheBigGuy: Gideon (Paul L. Smith), among the Zealots. He is the strongest guy in all of Masada.

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* TheBigGuy: Gideon (Paul L. Smith), among the Zealots. He is the strongest guy in all of Masada. It takes up to ''five men'' to carry a wooden beam similar to the one he carries ''alone'' to reinforce the wall that's to be destroyed by the Roman siege tower's ram.


''Masada'' is an American television miniseries that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in April 1981. It is a [[HistoricalFiction fictionalized account]] of the historical [[TheSiege siege]] of the Masada citadel in Israel by legions of the UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire in AD 73 during the first UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts. The TV series' script is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Antagonists'' by Ernest K. Gann while also using details from historical sources by Roman-Jewish historian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus Flavius Josephus]].

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''Masada'' is an American television miniseries MiniSeries that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in April 1981. It is a [[HistoricalFiction fictionalized account]] of the historical [[TheSiege siege]] of the Masada citadel in Israel by legions of the UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire in AD 73 during the first UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts. The TV series' script is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Antagonists'' by Ernest K. Gann while also using details from historical sources by Roman-Jewish historian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus Flavius Josephus]].


* 24HourArmor: Averted. When not in battle the Romans are shown wearing their simple tunics, and when the Romans storm the citadel and discover all the defenders have committed suicide, Silva removes his armor in short order as he realizes he's not going to need it.

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* 24HourArmor: TwentyFourHourArmor: Averted. When not in battle the Romans are shown wearing their simple tunics, and when the Romans storm the citadel and discover all the defenders have committed suicide, Silva removes his armor in short order as he realizes he's not going to need it.

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