Spartacus is a 1960 epic historical drama film that was directed by Stanley Kubrick. As with most Kubrick films, it initially received mixed reviews, but is today regarded as one of his finest early films. A famous quote from the film, "I'm Spartacus!" has become a staple in popular culture; it has been spoofed and parodied various times.


Thracian Spartacus is born and raised a slave, and is sold to a Gladiator trainer. More slaves work in the Roman province of Libya. After being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus rebels against his owners, leading the other slaves in his rebellion as well. The gladiator slaves take Capua and the surrounding districts. After that, they escape and their numbers swell because more and more slaves join them. The They make their way to southern Italy, where they will return to their homes.


Spartacus won four Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Peter Ustinov, as well as Best Cinematography for Russell Metty. Best Art Direction was another win (Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom, Russell A. Gausan and Julia Heron) and so was Best Costume Design, Color (Arlington Vales and Bill Thomas).

Two other nominations were Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy for Alex North and Best Film Editing for Robert Lawrence.

AFI (American Film Institute) also gave many awards to Spartacus overtime. The film was nominated in the 1997 "100 Years...100 Movies" list, as well as the quote "I'm spartacus!" being nominated for "100 Years...100 Movie Quotes."