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4.0 out of 5 stars "Civilization Hangs on The Cross ~ If The Gods' Love You, You Die In Childhood", August 8, 2006
This review is from: Spartacus (DVD)
'Spartacus' the '04 mini-series starring Goran Visnjic (who?) as Spartacus leads a cast of even lesser known names in a surprisingly good retelling of the famous slave rebellion against Rome, circa first century BC. Almost three hours long, 177 minutes to be exact, the storyline is consistently enjoyable throughout and the allotted viewing time passes quickly.

Plot: A band of gladiator slaves rebel against their masters, first destroying the gladiator school and then the local garrison of Roman troops. As the slave army roams the countryside they attract more slaves to their cause and their numbers multiply. Repeated attempts are made by Rome to destroy the rebels but against all odds the slaves win victory after victory. That is until Spartacus plans for a sea escape are thwarted and all the might of the Roman Empire are summoned to squash the insurrection.

Surprises: I was surprised to see that two of my favorite scenes in the original '60 epic were not included in the mini-series. However, In spite of there absence the film doesn't suffer from their exclusion. This is all in all an excellent production that deserves to be seen.

Cast: Goran Visnjic does a masterful job at balancing the emotive, warlike nature of Spartacus with the more sensitive, cerebral longings of the legendary warrior, while Rhona Mitra as his love interest Varinia displays a much more aggressive, firey nature than we've come to expect from the original Varinia played by Jean Simmons. Rhona is absolutely magnificent! James Frain gives a fantastic performance as well in the role of David, Spartacus second in command. Also strong performances by Angus Macfadyen as Marcus Crassus and my daughter's favorite Paul Telfer as Gannicuc.
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Initial post: May 4, 2011 10:11:04 AM PDT
Craig Powell says:
Seriously..."Goran Visnjic (who?)"

Have you not heard of a little show he was on...called ER?

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2011 6:38:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2011 6:39:02 AM PDT
Believe it or not, never watched ER...

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 12:27:33 PM PST
M Marsh says:
And I'm coming along over a year later and I never watched ER either. I have some dim sense that George Clooney got his start there but ... Visnjic? However, I just saw him in The Deep End, a movie which I quite liked and in which he was VERY good, and then I thought I'd find out what else he'd made. So thanks, Brian, for your thoughtful review of Spartacus, which I think I'll buy.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 9:04:35 AM PST
I'm picking it up because it features the criminally underrated Rhona Mitra
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