Spartacus is a 1960 movie about the Third Servile War in the 1st century B.C. (73-71 B.C.) which was a major slave revolt led by a man called Spartacus. The movie features real historical characters such as Marcus Licinius Crassus (played by Laurence Oliver) who was the richest man in Rome and said to be the richest man ever in the history of mankind, Julius Caesar (played by John Gavin) in his young years and of course Spartacus (played by Kirk Douglas).
The movie introduces us to the world of slavery in antiquity. It starts with slave trader Lentulus Batiatus (played by Peter Ustinov), also a real historical figure, who is looking to purchase slaves at a Roman mine. We get a taste of the harsh working conditions that slaves faced in these mines. The movie then takes us to a gladiator school where slaves are trained to become gladiators. A riot breaks out at the school and slaves escape to later form an army of gladiators.
Eventually Crassus is given full powers by the Roman Senate in order to defeat the army of Spartacus. The army of gladiators faces the large, incredibly well-organized and efficient Roman army and is crushed. At the end of the movie, slave trader Lentulus Batiatus is looking to buy new slaves following Spartacus' defeat. Then an incredible sight: that of thousands of slaves being crucified by the Appian Way including Spartacus, something that really did happen back in 71 B.C.. The movie ends with a touching scene: Spartacus' wife Varinia shows the crucified Spartacus his son and tells him that he will be free.