Target presents AFI's 40th Anniversary

presented by Kirk Douglas


Universal, 1960

PRINCIPAL CAST Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov
DIRECTOR Stanley Kubrick
PRODUCER Edward Lewis

Kirk Douglas's landmark role provides the centerpiece for Stanley Kubrick's epic story of Spartacus, the slave who inspired a rebellion against the Roman Empire. Among the film's many memorable scenes are when hundreds of men stand in unity with the words "I am Spartacus," as well as a hand-to-hand gladiator fight between star Douglas and Woody Strode that has been imitated many times, but never equaled. Behind the scenes, the film was groundbreaking in that Douglas insisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who had been one of the "Hollywood Ten" and blacklisted for more than a decade, receive screenplay credit under his own name, a major step in ending the Blacklist.

187 Minutes.


Kirk Douglas is the recipient of the 1991 AFI Life Achievement Award.

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