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Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story (2004)

Verus, a slave captured in the Balkans, sees a gladiatorial career in the arena as a preferable alternative to life in a rock quarry.



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Credited cast:
Jamel Aroui ...
Hichem Rostom ...
Dorra Zarrouk ...
Imperial Lady
Narrator (UK version) (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeffrey Gibson ...
The Poet Martial (voice)
Verus (voice)
Himself - Narrator (voice)


A semi-documentary about the life of Verus, a captive from the Rome's Balkan province of Moesia, who is pressed into the harsh life of a slave in Italian rock quarry. He sees no long term future there, so when the owner of a gladiatorial school comes there to recruit prospective fighters for his school, he purposely picks a fight with another slave to attract attention. Both he and Priscus, the Celtic slave, join the school, become friends, and build careers as renowned gladiators, adored by the crowds in the arena and desired by women of the aristocratic class. The Emporer Titus completes his father Vespasian's pet project, the Colosseum, and wants the inaugural games worthy of his memory, so he specifically selects Verus to fight in them. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Release Date:

14 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colosseum - Arena des Todes  »

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£2,169,571 (estimated)

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16: 9 Enhanced
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The gladiatorial match between Priscus and Verus is the only individual combat in Roman history that was written about in detail by a contemporary observer, the poet Martial. See more »


Verus: [Referring to life in the rock quarry] We had a saying. There are no old bones in the pit.
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A look inside the world of the gladiator
10 August 2015 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story is a surprisingly good documentary. It seems to be the only movie about gladiators that isn't dramatically romanticized. This doesn't mean the story is 100% true but it is at least based on the only real documented fight in the arena. Seeing this movie gives the opportunity to have a look in the live of a gladiator.

The special effects and the background pictures in the movie aren't really great, which is disappointing. One has to admit this hasn't really an effect on the tensity of the movie. The movie reflects on the customs and the values of the Roman society. Besides that it gives information about the (motives behind the) construction of the Colosseum and the fate of gladiators and other slaves.

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