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Masada

A boiled down - but still interminable - version of the four-part TV series adapted from Ernest K Gann's novel, this is a sort of would-be Biblical epic with Zionist overtones. Set in Judea during the first century AD, it tells the tale of Masada, the fortress defiantly held against the might of Rome by a handful of Jews fighting to retrieve their freedom - and their homeland - after the sack of Jerusalem by Roman colonialists. In between lengthy bouts of scuffling, with rhubarbing Jews and Romans prodding each other with tinny swords, the Jewish leader Eleazar (Strauss) is as strong and silent as a good Zionist guerilla should be, while the Roman commander (O'Toole) ponders the ironies of good government and the loneliness of the long-distance colonial administrator. Terrible stuff, irretrievably scuttled by O'Toole's hollow, ranting performance.

Release details

Duration: 121 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Boris Sagal
Screenwriter: Joel Oliansky
Cast: Peter O'Toole
Peter Strauss
Barbara Carrera
Anthony Quayle
David Warner
Clive Francis
Giulia Pagano
Denis Quilley
Timothy West

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4.4 / 5

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Tony

Worth watching for its historical basis.Who knows how accurate it was in detail but the essence was there..= and the drama was compelling. The location was true and magnificent. Agreed the acting was patchy and I doubt if Roman soldiers has such skinny legs.

Tony

Worth watching for its historical basis.Who knows how accurate it was in detail but the essence was there..= and the drama was compelling. The location was true and magnificent. Agreed the acting was patchy and I doubt if Roman soldiers has such skinny legs.

MC

I have to agree with TM. It had a propaganda feel to it, and O'Toole did rant throughout. It was awful.

MC

I have to agree with TM. It had a propaganda feel to it, and O'Toole did rant throughout. It was awful.