In honor of Kirk Douglas 99th birthday we bring you Spartacus. In 793 BCE a large Thracian slave leads a violent revolt that is run by Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov) who is going against the Roman Republic. Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) than frees the slaves to Brandisium only to find out Silesians have abandoned them. Than they all go north to face the Romans in Rome. This is the first movie that Dalton Trumbo had it’s name as a screenwriter. The film also marked a key turning point in the life of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who had been blacklisted during the McCarthy “Red Scare” hysteria in the 1950s. At Douglas’ insistence Trumbo was given on-screen credit for his contributions, which began the dissolution of the infamous blacklisting policies begun almost a decade previously that had destroyed so many careers and lives.
Did you know?
Kirk Douglas real name is Issur Danielovitch Demsky, born in Amsterdam, New York, in 1916. His parents, Bryna (Sanglel) and Herschel Danielovitch, were Jewish immigrants from Chavusy, Mahilyow Voblast (now in Belarus). Although growing up in a poor ghetto, Douglas was a fine student and a keen athlete and wrestled competitively during his time at St. Lawrence University. However, he soon identified an acting scholarship as a way out of his meager existence, and was sufficiently talented to gain entry into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
I Walk Alone (1948)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
Seven Days in May (1964)
In Harm’s Way (1965)
Tough Guys (1986)