Spartacus parents guide


One man can make a difference.

Overall B+

After an uprising frees him from being trained as a gladiator, Spartacus (played by Kirk Douglas) leads his fellow escapees in a fight against the oppression of the Roman Empire.

Release date October 7, 1960

Violence C-
Sexual Content C+
Profanity B+
Substance Use C+

Why is Spartacus rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated Spartacus Not Rated

Run Time: 197 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Spartacus rated Not Rated? Spartacus is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Violence: Slaves are beaten, whipped and knocked out. One man faints from the exertion. A character falls over a cliff to his death. Slaves are forced to become gladiators: They spar at a training facility and repeated scenes of combat are shown. Two wealthy couples pay to have gladiators fight to the death. A character is stabbed to death and blood splatters across the characters. A dead man is hung in the slave quarters as a deterrent to other rebels. A fight breaks out and characters are attacked with weapons. One man is drowned in a pot of boiling liquid. Characters are stabbed during the uprising and blood is shown on the knife. Gladiators free themselves from their Roman guards and then loot a town. A character is shown with whip marks on his back. A couple of characters force two Romans to fight in the ring and goad them on with fire. A soldiers’ camp is started on fire. A man is threatened with a knife at his neck. Some blood is seen. Soldiers are run over with burning logs and thrown into a fire. A character’s arm is cut off during battle. Brutal battle scenes depict others being run through with a sword, decapitated or stabbed with bloody effects. The gory and mutilated dead bodies of humans and animals litter the battlefield. Hundreds of characters are crucified along a road leading to Rome. A man kills his friend to save him from crucifixion. A man commits suicide.

Sexual Content: Women slaves are sent to the gladiators’ cell for sexual pleasures. A woman undresses while a man watches her: We see her bare back and shoulders while other men watch from above the cell. A woman goes skinny-dipping and some brief shots of bare buttocks and breasts are seen. A man admits he likes women a lot and loves having many female slaves in his home. A married couple begins kissing—leading to implied sex. Roman men are shown in a bathhouse. A Roman general tries to seduce his male slave. (This scene was originally cut from the film but restored in later releases.) A woman announces she is pregnant out of wedlock. A man takes another man’s wife and hopes to seduce her.

Language: Infrequent mild profanities are used.

Alcohol / Drug Use:Characters drink or are shown with drinks on several occasions, including before a big battle. A man appears to be drunk in one scene.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
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Cast and Crew

Spartacus is directed by Stanley Kubrick and stars Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Spartacus movie is October 6, 2015. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Spartacus
Release Date: 6 October 2015
Spartacus releases to home video with the following extras:
- I Am Spartacus: A Conversation with Kirk Douglas
- Restoring Spartacus
- Archival Interviews
- Behind-The-Scenes Footage
- Vintage Newsreels
- Image Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer

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In 1954, Kirk Douglas starred in the Walt Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. He later appeared as wealthy, cantankerous cattle rancher in The Man From Snowy River. Douglas was motivated in part to make the movie Spartacus after losing out on the role of Ben Hur to Charlton Heston.