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
The real Lucius Verus, who is portrayed as a young kid in the movie, was the son of Marcus Aurelius' adopted brother, and died eight years into his reign. Commodus' selection as Caesar was made when he was five-years-old, and coins were made with his likeness on it. See more »
The Caesar wouldn't have made the switch of power on the battle field alone and without witnesses. Marcus Aurelius would have already know of the corruption and treachery of Commodus. In fact, he speaks of it with Maximus when he tells him of his plan to pass the power on to him. He would have waited until he returned to Rome with control of the military and the Senate. See more »
[as an executioner tries to draw his sword but can't]
The frost, it sometimes makes the blade stick.
[kills the executioner]
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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 »
A 171-minute extended version incorporating formerly deleted scenes has been created specifically for DVD release. See more »
Gladiator is the best bread and circus. A moving and very entertaining action epic with Russel Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix at the top of their game.
I absolutely love Joaquin Phoenix in this movie. He's the kind of villain you love to hate. So pathetic and childish. So ruthless and creepy. Just right amount of cartoonish. I wanted to punch him in the face.
It can be corny and it drags a bit during the escape plan part of the plot, but it has enough emotion and brutal violence to keep the audience entertained, and that's what a good gladiator match should be.
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