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  • California Doubling: Completely averted. It was filmed on the site of the actual siege in Israel.
  • Companion Show: ABC executives were concerned that audiences would be unfamiliar with the historical background of the story, and commissioned a 30-minute documentary, Back To Masada. Narrated by Peter O'Toole (who plays Flavius Silva in the film), it recounts the history of the Jewish Revolts against Rome. The network gave the documentary to its affiliates to run in the weeks before the miniseries premiered.
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  • Unintentional Period Piece: The final scene of the miniseries is the swearing in of an Israeli military squadron on the grounds of Masada in the 1980s, with the oath that the fortress won't fall again. Israeli Defense Forces oath swearings stopped being done in Masada in the 1990s after the higher-ups thought it over and decided that an oath to be Defiant to the End in a place where there was a mass suicide gave off mixed signals, to put it nicely.

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