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Gladiator (2000)

 -  Action | Drama  -  5 May 2000 (USA)
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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

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emperor | gladiator | general | death | revenge | See more »

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A general who became a slave. A slave who became a gladiator. A gladiator who defied an emperor. See more »

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Action | Drama

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

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Budget:

$103,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,555,446 (UK) (12 May 2000)

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ESP 3,252,726,610 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

Maximus's tattoo "SPQR" stands for "Senatus Populusque Romanus," which translates to "the Roman senate and people." This was one of the main slogans of Rome throughout its history (as well as today, e.g. manhole covers etc.). See more »

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When Maximus fights Commodus, rose petals are dispersed evenly across the entire arena. The crowd couldn't throw rose petals hundreds of feet, and they couldn't have been dropped from above. It would've taken hours for workers to distribute the petals that evenly, for no reason. See more »

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[Maximus is about to ride out with the cavalry to fight the barbarians]
Quintus: Soldier! I told you to move those catapults forward. They're out of range.
Maximus: Range is good.
Quintus: The danger to the cavalry...
Maximus: Is acceptable. Agreed?
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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 »

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References Six-String Samurai (1998) See more »

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Pavor
Written by Walter Maioli and Nathalie Van Ravenstein (as Natalia Van Ravenstein)
Performed by Synaulia
Courtesy of Amiata Media Srl.
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One of the Greatest Movies Ever
7 September 2002 | by (Charleston, South Carolina) – 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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