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Centurion (2010)

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A splinter group of Roman soldiers fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is decimated in a devastating guerrilla attack.



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Roman Officer Argos (as Jake Maskell)


Britain, A.D. 117. Quintus Dias, the sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong bloody violence, grisly images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Centurião  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£114,147 (UK) (23 April 2010)


$122,288 (USA) (24 September 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The working title for the film was "Ninth Legion". The story goes that the Ninth Legion marched to Scotland from York with 3000 men and were never seen or heard of again. Historians dispute what actually happened to them. Some believe that they were disbanded, while others believe that they were massacred. See more »


The Romans used treated leather for making tents (water resistant), not canvas as shown in the movie. See more »


[first lines]
Centurion Quintus Dias: [narrating] My name is Quintus Dias. I am a soldier of Rome, and this is neither the beginning nor the end of my story.
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Crazy Credits

The end of the closing credits state that "This film is based on a 2000 year-old legend", referring to the mysterious disappearance of the Ninth Hispana or Ninth Spanish Legion in Roman-occupied Britain around 117 CE. See more »


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Historical fiction doesn't get more exciting than this
27 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Centurion is a great film, and I suspect it's going to be totally underrated by the cinema-going public. I saw it at my local Odeon last night, the only cinema in town showing it, and I strongly suspect it won't be on next week. This is an example of a really good British film from a director with a strong pedigree not getting the kind of publicity and public interest that is frequently given to the most heinous rubbish that Hollywood can produce. Granted, many people don't share my director-centric view of forthcoming features; I'm prepared to risk getting my fingers burned occasionally in avidly chasing any films made by a select bunch of my favourite directors, but my approach is usually rewarded with excellence, like Centurion. In structure it is a very simple story, beautifully shot and honestly told. The bloody battles are very realistic - you get a good feel for what it might actually have been like to fight hand-to-hand in ancient times, frantic and deadly. The characters are simply drawn, and develop through their actions rather than words (quite literally in the case of Olga Kurylenko's "Etain"). There is good and bad on both sides of the conflict, which is true to every war in human history. Ultimately, it offers a quite believable scenario to explain the mysterious historical disappearance of the 9th Legion in Hibernia.

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