Proof, if more were needed, that history provides the basis for the best stories. Masada tells the tale of a small band of hardened Jewish rebels who are the last remaining resistance to the Roman domination of their land. Told largely from the point of view of the two leaders involved it culminates in the siege of the 'impregnable' fortress of Masada, on the shores of the Dead Sea, by the Tenth Legion. Often tense, gripping and dramatic it is lifted by big performances from big character actors - Peter O'Toole, Anthony Quayle, Denis Quilley, David Warner, Timothy West and Peter Strauss amongst others. Another real bonus is the top notch score by Hollywood legend, Jerry Goldsmith.