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  EPIC BATTLES, CONQUERORS AND KINGS
Spartacus
Stanley Kubrick, 1960
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To stop Spartacus' (Kirk Douglas) army from reaching Rome, two things needed to be done immediately. The first, according to Gracchus (Charles Laughton), was making Julius Caesar (John Gavin) the permanent commander of the garrison. He also suggested sending two legions to the city of Metapontum. Crassus (Laurence Olivier) agreed to lead those legions, but not before something was done for him. What did he want, apart from being elected First Consul of Rome?
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Gladiator
(1) That symbolized his own mortality and his life as a farmer. (2) He raised his sword. (3) Two years and 264 days. He lived in the hills above Tiujillo. (4) To give Rome back its "True self." (5) "Being able to look his enemy in the eye."

(6) He said it was brutal, cruel and dark. (7) Because he wasn't corrupted by Rome's politics.
(8) He did pause for a moment before replying, "I think you have a talent for survival." So the correct answer is yes. (9) The scene in the chapter entitled One More Duty. Four praetorians tried to strike him down.

Spartacus
He also wanted command of all the legions of Italy, and the abolition of senatorial authority over the courts.
 
Unless you're a zombie or some carnivorous monstrosity that feeds on Hypothalamus glands. If you know anything about evolutionary biology, you know why Dr. Green's (Penelope Ann Miller) initial idea to kill the creature in The Relic would have worked. Of course, we're assuming you don't.
Put your knowledge of all-things that creep, slither and crawl to the test with the only movie monster survival guide/quiz book of its kind.

What will you do when they come for you?
Live and learn. Learn and live!
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Lights, Camera, Trivia
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A Roman legion stands ready to unleash hell upon the barbaric hordes of Germania. But before that happens, their commander, General Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) will reach down, pick up some dirt and rub it between his hands. What did we learn from that?
2. Maximus left Quintus (Thomas Arana) with the words, "At my signal, unleash hell." We'll tell you what that signal was (he nodded his head). What we want you to do is to tell us what he did after that.

3. How much was the victory at Germania worth to the Emperor (Richard Harris)? That's difficult to say, but he was prepared to honor almost any request. How long had Maximus been away from his family when he begged to go home, and where was his home located?

4. When a man sees his end, he wants to know there's some purpose to his life. The Emperor wondered how the world would remember him after he was gone. What he really wanted was this. What was his last, dying wish?

5. Complete the following quote: When Maximus was asked why he was in favor
of an emperor-led Rome, as opposed to one that was run by a group of senators, he replied, "Because a soldier has the advantage of…"

6. Think of a simple place with pink stones that warm in the sun, a giant poplar with figs, apples and pears and a kitchen garden that smells of herbs in the day and jasmine in the evening. That was Maximus' home. How did he describe the world outside of Rome?

7. Why did the Emperor want Maximus to become the next protector of Rome?

8. A smart politician chooses his or her words carefully. Did Maximus take a moment to gather his thoughts before he answered the question of whether or not he thought Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) was heartless?

9. Picture this scenario: It's less than four months away
from the film's theatrical release. A few digital effect shots still need to be completed, but no one seems too concerned… until the film is previewed for a test audience. The problem isn't the scores. They're phenomenal. In fact, they're the best that DreamWorks has seen in years. The dilemma? The notes that pertain to the line, "You would fight me?" Ridley scratches his head and grumbles, "They're right. There's nothing in the story that sets up the third act. We need to add some type of insert that suggests that Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) is capable with a sword." What scene resolved that problem?
Ridley Scott, 2000
All questions and quizzes written by Philip Cerreta unless otherwise noted