Spartacus (Universal International, 1960). Fine/Very Fine. Final Draft Script (410 Pages)
Spartacus (Universal International, 1960). Fine/Very Fine. Final Draft Script (410 Pages, 8.5″ X 11″ X 1″).
An epic historical drama if there ever was one, Stanley Kubrick’s 3-plus hour masterpiece saw the likes of Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, and Peter Ustinov (who would later take home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work as Batiatus), electrifying the screen with indelible performances. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Howard Fast, Fast was originally hired to interpret his own work for the screen but he struggled with the unfamiliar medium. Soon Dalton Trumbo, who had been ostracized by Hollywood during Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist crusade of the late 1940s and 50s, intending to complete the work under the pseudonym “Sam Jackson,” took up the reins. However, at the behest of Douglas, Trumbo was given credit under his own name, helping to finally break the stigma of the blacklist. Heritage is proud to present for the this final draft script for the film, dated September 14, 1959. In overall very good condition, the script does contain some wear given its age, such as slight edge and corner wear, minute border tears or chips, mostly soft creases, pinpoint stains on a few pages, mild edge toning, various ink markings to a few of the pages and fore edge, and paint markings to the cover page.