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
While looking at the dailies, Ridley Scott noticed that Joaquin Phoenix was gaining weight. Scott spoke to the Line Producer about it, who then went to Phoenix and told him, "Ridley says you're fat." The next day, Phoenix, in full armor, came to Scott and said, "I hear I look like a little fat hamster. I thought it was the right thing to do. I'm the emperor of Rome, why would I not look a little more debauched?" Phoenix then didn't eat for weeks. See more »
When Maximus is fighting with the last Praetoria guard, who was in charge to take Maximus' at execution, the sun lights Maximus' left side. But in the next shot, an extreme long shot, we see the two about to fight as the lighting from Maximus' right side. See more »
[His only line]
We who are about to die, salute you!
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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 »
"Gladiator" definitely is a classic film as it combines a simple, but
moving, story with beautiful scenery, filming, direction and score it
is truly a "complete" movie.
I am mostly compelled with the beautiful script which in a way reminds
me of poetry, though it is still everyday language. I love the acting
portrayed by the late Oliver Reed and also Richard Harris. Russell
Crowe, Djimon Housou and Joaquin Phoenix are also superb and the parts
suit them perfectly. There are also a number of less "popular" artists
who also deserve a big "bravo". Amongst them I have to mention ex-Mr
Universe Ralph Moeller who is mostly used as the comic relief of the
movie. In Gladiator we can also the beautiful and popular Maltese TV
Star and actress Ruth Frendo, who although has a small part, she is
totally brilliant and outstanding.
Actually I got to IMDb while I was looking for her name on the
internet, in fact on IMDb she has some very stunning photos. I was
lucky to meet Ruth Frendo whilst she was filming in another Maltese
production. Ruth Frendo is not only a gorgeous and talented actress but
she is also amazingly intelligent and very down-to-earth. We will
definitely be seeing more of her work in the future...
The scenery used for "Gladiator" is brilliant and the opening battle
scene is definitely one of my top favorite scenes. The modern camera
technique contrasts sharply to the brutality of the gladiators actions
and blood shed during the movie; and I love the light contrasts thanks
to the lenses which most definitely have been used to create a surreal
feel to the entire movie.
"Gladiator" deserves all the awards and great reviews it has received,
and for those of you who still haven't gone and watched it I can
assure you that it will be well worth your time and money. So go on and
rent it now!
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