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Gladiator (2000)

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A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

David Franzoni (story), David Franzoni (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #41 | Won 5 Oscars. Another 54 wins & 105 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Maximus
Joaquin Phoenix ... Commodus
Connie Nielsen ... Lucilla
Oliver Reed ... Proximo
Richard Harris ... Marcus Aurelius
Derek Jacobi ... Gracchus
Djimon Hounsou ... Juba
David Schofield ... Falco
John Shrapnel ... Gaius
Tomas Arana ... Quintus
Ralf Moeller ... Hagen
Spencer Treat Clark ... Lucius
David Hemmings ... Cassius
Tommy Flanagan ... Cicero
Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Tigris
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Gladiator Who Defied An Empire See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Russell Crowe later admitted that he initially felt unworthy of all the praise and the Oscar for Best Actor that he got for this movie. After seeing the completed movie, he felt it was a "director's film", and that the Oscar should have gone to director Ridley Scott instead. See more »

Goofs

After the first fight in the Colosseum, Commodus refers to the battle being reenacted as "The Battle of Carthage." It was actually called "The Battle of Zama," as it took place on the plain of Zama. Carthage stood for decades after Hannibal's defeat, until the 3rd Punic War. See more »

Quotes

Marcus Aurelius: You have proven your valor once again, Maximus. Let us hope for the last time.
Maximus: There is no one left to fight, sire.
Marcus Aurelius: There is always someone left to fight. How can I reward Rome's greatest general?
Maximus: Let me go home.
Marcus Aurelius: Ah, home.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

Numerous deleted scenes that were left out of the film were compiled onto the DVD release. All scenes with the exception of the mini-film come with an exclusive Audio Commentoary by Ridley Scott. They are:
  • A brief scene showing Maximus surveying the cost of the Battle with the Germanians. They are hacked and dying Roman's everywhere.
  • A brief scene preluding the confrontation of Marcus Aurelius and Commodus. It shows Marcus praying to his ancestors for wisdom.
  • Friends of Proximo try to get him to bet against his own gladiators. We are also introduced to Hagan, the German in this scene.
  • Proximo tries to reason with Maximus as to not killing his opponents so quickly but to entertain the crowd.
  • Maximus watches condemmed Christians executed in the arena as they are fed to the lions.
  • Lucilla, Gracchus and Gaius have an important meeting in Gracchus' house. They discuss the future death of the Roman People as her brother Commodus is selling the grain reserve to pay for the games. They conclude that Commodus must die.
  • Commodus, dismayed by the re-appearence of Maximus, attacks a bust of his father with a sword.
  • Two of the Praetorians that knew of Maximus's escape from Germania, are executed by Commodus. Quintus and Commodus have an argument.
  • Commodus orders his spies to watch senators and Proximo. Proximo notices one of his followers.
  • Lucilla realizes that Falco is in league with Commodus.
  • Praetorians attack innocent civilains by setting them on fire.
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Connections

Featured in La noche de...: Training Day (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Now We Are Free
(uncredited)
Written by Lisa Gerrard and Hans Zimmer
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User Reviews

One of the Greatest Movies Ever
7 September 2002 | by copperccsoSee 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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Country:

USA | UK | Malta | Morocco

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gladiators See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$103,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,819,017, 7 May 2000

Gross USA:

$187,705,427

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$465,361,176
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Edition)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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