Slaves of the Empire

Spartacus (1960)

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Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a slave sold to Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), owner of a gladiator school. The gladiators are set to fight to the death, but on the night before the fight, Spartacus meets and falls in love with Varinia (Jean Simmons). When Spartacus learns that she has been sold to Crassus (Laurence Olivier), he starts a revolt, which attracts many a rebellious slave. Meanwhile senators Crassus and Gracchus (Charles Laughton) each try to use the rebellion in their struggle for power. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, the film won four Academy Awards. Also starring Tony Curtis.

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (1966)

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When Pseudolus, a Roman slave finds out that his young master Hero has fallen in love with the girl next door, he jumps to help Hero woo her, while assuring his freedom after the deed is done. Inspired by farces by Plautus, the musical comedy was directed by Richard Lester and based on the play by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Also starring Phil Silvers and Buster Keaton in his final film.

 

Rob Roy (1995)

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Robert Roy MacGregor is the leader of the Highlands clan in Scotland. In order to survive the coming winter months, he borrows money from the royal Marquis of Montrose to buy livestock. But when the Marquis henchman Archibald Cunningham steals the money, MacGregor is forced to become an outlaw to defend his family and his honour. Directed by Michael Caton-Jones and starring Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange and Tim Roth.

The Limey (1999)

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Wilson, an ex-con, is released from prison and heads straight to LA to avenge his daughter's death. With another ex-con in tow, Wilson hunts down a drug-dealing record producer with whom his daughter had an affair. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the crime thriller stars Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda and Lesley Ann Warren.