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 main four cast members have appeared as mentors/motivations to the current DC superheroes. Russell Crowe played Superman's father Jor El. Connie Nielsen played Wonder Woman's mother Queen Hippolyta. Djimon Hounsou played Shazam the wizard. Joaquin Phoenix played Joker, a dark motivation for Batman. Djimon Hounsou also played King Ricou in Aquaman. See more »
After Commodus kills Marcus Aurelius, Commodus tells Lucilla that Marcus Aurelius died in his sleep, and that "the surgeons say he felt no pain". The term 'surgeon' was not invented until circa 1300; more than 1200 years after the date of this film's setting (AD 180). See more »
[to his daughter Lucilla]
If only you had been born a man, what a Caesar you would have made.
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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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