3. Spartacus (1960)
This movie has two great battle speeches intercut as the preface to the battle between the Roman Legions and a rebellion of slaves led by the gladiator slave, Spartacus. In the film directed by Stanley Kubrick, Kirk Douglas plays Spartacus:
Tonight a Roman army lands in the harbour of Brundusium. Another army is approaching us from the west. Between them, they hope to trap us here… against the sea…Rome will not allow us to escape from ltaly. We have no choice but to march against Rome herself… and end this war the only way it could have ended: by freeing every slave in ltaly. “
I promise you…a new Rome…a new ltaly and a new empire. I promise the destruction of the slave army…and the restoration of order…throughout all our territories.
I’d rather be here, a free man among brothers…than to be the richest citizen of Rome…
I promise the living body of Spartacus…
We’ve fought many battles and won great victories…Maybe there’s no peace in this world…as long as we live…we must stay true to ourselves. I do know that we’re brothers, and I know that we’re free. We march tonight!
…this campaign is not alone to kill Spartacus. It is to kill the legend of Spartacus.