The rebellion of the slaves is going good but then the romans win the battle. All the slaves are rounded up including spartacus and told if spartacus stood up the other slaves would be set free, but if spartacus stood up he would be crucified. So instead 1 by 1 all the slaves stand up saying they are spartacus, so they all get crucified. In the end spartacus and his friend are left alive so then they fight it out and the winner gets crucified and the loser is already dead. So spartacus wins the battle and gets crucified.
Revealing mistake: During the initial breakout of the Gladiatorial training school an armed guard is stabbed on a balcony and falls to the arena below. He gets up and walks into the doorway adjacent to where he had fallen, apparently satisfied that his part was completed.
Trivia: There were some battle scenes which were filmed with real amputees and maimed extras, as Kubrick was keen to give them authenticity and convey the brutality of war, but these were removed when preview audiences were disgusted by them.
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