Theatrical Release: October 7, 1960
Filmed in Death Valley, Spain, and Univeral Studios in Hollywood.
Estimated budget: $12 million.
Estimated shooting time: 167 days.
Estimated cast: More than 10,000.
When the film was restored in 1991, Anthony Hopkins dubbed in the voice of Laurence Olivier in the "snails and oysters" scene and Tony Curtis dubbed in his own voice, as the original soundtrack could not be used.
Anthony Mann started as the director of the film on January 27, 1959, but was fired on February 13. Kirk Douglas then brought in Kubrick, who had directed Douglas in PATHS OF GLORY a few years earlier.
SPARTACUS was the only film on which Kubrick was essentially a hired director, not involved with the development of the project from the start. Because Kubrick was never fully in control of the production, he essentially disowned the film, claiming it was not truly his vision.
Sabina Bethmann began production as Varinia, but Kubrick replaced her with Jean Simmons.
SPARTACUS was the first film to credit blacklisted figures--in this case, screenwriter extraordinaire Dalton Trumbo and actor Peter Bracco. Douglas insisted on crediting them in order to help break the blacklist.
Some of the crowd cheering was actually recorded at a Michigan State-Notre Dame college football game hosted by the Spartans.
Although the film is based on a true story, the real Spartacus did not suffer the same fate as the Hollywood Spartacus does.
Calder Willingham helped write the battle scenes.
The restored version was produced by James C. Katz, reconstructed and restored by Robert A. Harris, with original editor Robert Lawrence serving as the editorial consultant.
Richard Farnsworth (THE STRAIGHT STORY) was a stuntman in the movie and also appears as an extra.
The Legion of Decency had a number of scenes cut from the original--specifically, scenes it felt were too graphically violent and sexual. The scenes were restored for the 1991 edition.
Additional scenes photographed by Clifford Stine.
The fabulous title sequence was designed by Saul Bass.
Despite having a historical consultant review the material, the film takes many liberties with the facts of the story.
Academy Awards Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) 1960
Academy Awards Best Costume Design (Color) 1960
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 1960 Peter Ustinov Actor/Director/Screenwriter, SPARTACUS (1960)
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1960 Russell Metty American Director of Photography