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.