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Movie Quote of the Week

Spartacus


Marcus Licinius Crassus is in his bath, with his body servant Antoninus washing him.
Crassus

Do you steal, Antoninus?

Antoninus

No, master.

Crassus

Do you lie?

Antoninus

Not if I can avoid it.

Crassus

Have you... ever dishonored the gods?

Antoninus

No, master.

Crassus

Do you refrain from these vices out of respect for the moral virtues?

Antoninus

Yes, master.

Crassus looks at Antoninus greedily
Crassus

Do you eat oysters?

Antoninus

When I have them, master.

Crassus

Do you eat snails?

Antoninus

No, master.

Crassus

Do you consider the eating of oysters to be moral and the eating of snails to be immoral?

Antoninus

No, master.

Crassus

Of course not. It is all a matter of taste, isn't it?

Antoninus

Yes, master.

Crassus

And taste is not the same as appetite, and therefore not a question of morals, is it?

He looks up at Antoninus again, who is clearly made ill at ease by the attentions of his master.
Crassus

Hmmmm...?

Antoninus
(uncomfortable)

It could be argued so, master.

Crassus

My robe, Antoninus.

Antoninus goes and gets the garment as Crassus emerges from his bath.
Crassus

My taste includes both snails and oysters.

They exit the bath and enter Crassus' atrium.
Crassus

Antoninus, look. Across the river. There is something you must see.

He walks over to a large window overlooking the skyline of Rome, which he looks at hungrily.
Crassus

There, boy, is Rome. The might, the majesty, the terror of Rome. There is the power that bestrides the known world l.ike a colossus. No man can withstand Rome, no nation can withstand her. How much less a boy! Hmm?
(chuckles)

There's only one way to deal with Rome, Antoninus. You must serve her. You must abase yourself before her. You must grovel at her feet. You must... love her.

Isn't that so, Antoninus?

Antoninus is nowhere to be seen.
Crassus

Antoninus?


The first portion of this scene was cut from the original theatrical presentations of this film because of the subtext. When it was James Katz and Robert Harris were preparing the 70 millimeter restoration prints in 1991, the audio was lost. They brought in Tony Curtis to dub in Antoninus' lines again, and teaked his voice to match that of his younger self. Unfortunately, Laurence Olivier had died, so Anthony Hopkins supplied the lines for Crassus. The scene has now been reintegrated into the film in all current editions of the film, the best of which is the Criterion Collection DVD, which features copious extras about the making of the film and how it effectively broke the blacklist by giving screen credit to scipter Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten who would not give testify to the House of Un-American Activities.
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