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Gladiator (2000)

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When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.



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Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save his family, and his loss of will allows him to get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so that he will be able to look into the eyes of the man who will feel his revenge. Written by Chris "Morphy" Terry

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Father of a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife and I shall have my vengeance in this life or the next See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense, graphic combat | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gladiators  »

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Box Office


$103,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,819,017, 7 May 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$187,705,427, 27 April 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$457,640,427, 28 February 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While Cicero (Tommy Flanagan) is waiting to talk to Lucilla outside the Colosseum, he can be seen standing next to the giant foot of a statue. Although the rest of the statue isn't seen, given the size of the foot, the statue itself is most likely the Colossus of Nero, a ninety-eight-foot (thirty meter) statue that Emperor Nero had erected in his own likeness. It is interesting to know that the statue did not always stand next to the Colosseum. It had been moved there years after its creation, and it probably caused the stadium to be nicknamed "the Colosseum" (it was officially known as the Flavian Amphitheater). Years later, the real emperor Commodus had the statue changed to himself as Hercules, by replacing the head, but it was restored after his death. See more »


Gracchus's servant warns him of the Praetorians coming to arrest him by saying, "Praetorians, master!" Earlier in the film, Gracchus's servants were said to be deaf and mute, unable to speak. See more »


Gracchus: And after your glorious coup, what then? You take your five thousand and... leave?
Maximus: Yes, I will leave. The soldiers will stay here for your protection, under the guidance of the Senate.
Gracchus: So, after Rome's all yours, you just give it back to the people. Tell me why.
Maximus: Because that was a dying man's last wish. I will kill Commodus. The fate of Rome, I leave to you.
Gracchus: Marcus Aurelius trusted you. His daughter trusts you. I will trust you. Give me two days, and I will purchase your freedom. And you, stay ...
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Crazy Credits

Both the Dreamworks & Universal logos are altered to appear gold in color so they match the opening theme of Maximus walking through a wheatfield. See more »


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One of the Greatest Movies Ever
7 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

I love history, and to me, Gladiator is a masterpiece. It is the most accurate picture of the Roman Empire Hollywood has ever put out. People declare Spartacus a masterpiece, but Gladiator far outdoes Spartacus in quality. The costuming, the acting, the screenplay, the scenery, and the fighting styles made me think that I had traveled back to 180 A.D. Russell Crowe is a true Hollywood tough guy, and he is superb in this movie. Joaquin Phoenix is outstanding as a villain, one of the best in movie history. He played his character as if it were a psychologist's dream case. Connie Nielsen plays one of the strongest female characters that I have ever seen. The choreographer of the action sequences was brilliant. Ridley Scott did an outstanding job in recreating the Empire, including the multitude of ethnic groups within the Empire and accurately depicting everyday life. If you're looking for insight into what the Roman Empire was like, this is a perfect depiction.

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