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Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen


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A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor


A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences. His battle skills serve him well, and he becomes one of the most famous and admired men to fight in the Colosseum. Determined to avenge himself against the man who took away his freedom and laid waste to his family, Maximus believes that he can use his fame and skill in the ring to avenge the loss of his family and former glory. As the gladiator begins to challenge his rule, Commodus decides to put his own fighting mettle to the test by squaring off with Maximus in a battle to the death. Gladiator also features Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou, and Oliver Reed, who died of a heart attack midway through production.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) vividly recreates the waning days of the Roman Empire in this lavishly mounted epic directed in the grand manner of sword-and-sandal sagas such as Ben Hur and Spartacus. Gladiators' sweeping narrative focuses on battle-weary Roman general Maximus (Russell Crowe), bent on returning to his family despite the urgings of aging emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) to remain in Rome's service. After his wife and son are executed by the ruthless Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), who has also murdered Marcus and seized power, the recently enslaved Maximus becomes the empire's most celebrated gladiator -- and waits for an opportunity to avenge himself on the deranged usurper. Crowe's sullen demeanor and massive physique perfectly suit him to play this brooding, taciturn warrior, and Phoenix (equally convincing as the spoiled, petulant young tyrant), Harris, Connie Nielsen,and the late Oliver Reed provide able support. Richly atmospheric, Gladiator is shrouded in muted colors and dark tones, but Scott's penchant for moody lighting doesn't inhibit the film's dynamism at all. The brutal, chaotic battle scenes that regularly punctuate the episodic plot are truly spectacular.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Single-handedly reviving a long-lost genre -- the "sword-and-sandals epic" -- this exciting action picture boasts top-notch production values, creative and engaged (if occasionally ill-considered) direction from Ridley Scott, and -- at long last -- a star-making performance from Australian actor Russell Crowe. The chief appeal of Gladiator is its retro vibe, but some of Scott's artistic choices smack of a shallow attempt to stay modern, such as the hand-held camera and hitching, as well as ultra-focused images in the film's battle sequences, both inspired by Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998). The script by David Franzoni, rewritten by John Logan and William Nicholson (some of it during filming), is sometimes scattershot, foregoing character development as it forages too widely in search of sweep, thus providing doses of everything under the Italian sun: revenge, political intrigue, romance, action, and historical background. Though never delivering the emotional power an audience might crave, Gladiator is rescued by sharp editing, marvelous design and effects, and superb performances from Crowe, the briefly seen Richard Harris, and the impressively slick, fey, high-camp posturing of the lizard-like Joaquin Phoenix. The mix of traditional costumes and set design with the new development of computer-generated imagery produces some eye-popping visuals, especially the lingering overhead shots of the coliseum in Rome, one of the best uses to date of high-tech special effects. As a summer popcorn picture, Gladiator succeeds on most levels and provides some unabashed, old-fashioned entertainment. Similarities were noted by many critics to the earlier epic The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) from director Anthony Mann, which features many of the same characters.

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Special Features

Commentary by Director Ridley Scott and Actor Russell Crowe The Scrolls of Knowledge Deleted Scenes Index/Optional Commentary by Ridley Scott Visions from Elysium: Topic Portal Strength and Honor: Creating the World of Gladiator Image & Design: Storyboard Demonstration Storyboard Archive Stills Costume Design Gallery Stills Photo Galleries Abandoned Sequences & Deleted Scenes The Aurelian Archives My Gladiator Journal by Spencer Treat Clark

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Russell Crowe Maximus
Joaquin Phoenix Commodus
Connie Nielsen Lucilla
Oliver Reed Proximo
Derek Jacobi Gracchus
Richard Harris Marcus Aurelius
Tomas Arana Quintus
Spencer Treat Clark Lucius
David Hemmings Cassius
Djimon Hounsou Juba
David Schofield Falco
John Shrapnel Gaius
Ralph Moeller Hagen
Giorgio Cantarini Maximus' Son
Sven Ole Thorsen Titus
Omid Djalili Actor
Gavin Greenaway Conductor

Technical Credits
Ridley Scott Director
Sebastian Abbatiello Stunts
Ait Hamid Abdellam Costumes/Costume Designer
Zak Alaoui Production Manager
Nadja Albert Costumes/Costume Designer
Jo Allen Makeup
Eugenio Alonso Stunts
Mohammed Aqermim Special Effects
Jille Azis Set Decoration/Design
Norman Baillie Special Effects
Ben Bellman Stunts
Chris Bennan Special Effects
Georges Branchee Stunts
David Brighton Special Effects
Ana Bulajik-Crecek Makeup
Manuel Cabrera Stunts
Anabel Campbell Costumes/Costume Designer
Sergio Casadei Stunts
Alessandro Casalino Stunts
Vikitor Cervvenka Stunts
Stuart Clarke Stunts
Jeffrey Clifford Special Effects
Alejandro Cobo Stunts
Eugene Collier Stunts
Gianluca Coppeta Stunts
Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Yvonne Zarb Cousin Costumes/Costume Designer
Ivo Coveney Special Effects
Forbes Cowan Stunts
Andrew Cripps Costumes/Costume Designer
Ricardo Cruz Stunts
Bruno De Santa Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Didier Stunts
Walter Difrancesco Stunts
Stuart Digby Special Effects
Petr Drozda Stunts
Mike Dunleavy Special Effects
Paul Dunn Special Effects
Mike Durkan Special Effects
Zdenek Dvoracek Stunts
Peter Edmonds Costumes/Costume Designer
Mohammed Enahal Stunts
John Evans Special Effects
David Evans Costumes/Costume Designer
Mohammed Falahi Costumes/Costume Designer
Raymond Ferguson Special Effects
Peter Fern Special Effects
Neil Finnighan Stunts
Kamil Fojtik Stunts
Steven Foster Special Effects
David H. Franzoni Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Alejandro Garcia Stunts
Lisa Gerrard Score Composer
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
Terry Glass Special Effects Supervisor
Ben Gooder Camera Operator
Joss Gower Stunts
Tim Guthrie Costumes/Costume Designer
Mohammed Harshi Costumes/Costume Designer
Ahmed Hatimi Production Manager
Carlton Headley Stunts
Kenneth Herd Special Effects
John Herzberger Special Effects
Peter Heslop Production Manager
Peter Hornbuckle Costumes/Costume Designer
Andy Hric Stunts
Martin Hub Stunts
Maria Hubackova Costumes/Costume Designer
David Hunter Special Effects Supervisor
Clive Jackson Camera Operator
Jana Jankova Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Jarman Stunts
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Marta Jencová Costumes/Costume Designer
Morgan Johnson Stunts
Dragan Josipovic Production Manager
Abdellah Joudi Special Effects
Radowan Kak Stunts
Vincent Keane Stunts
Bridget Kenningham Costumes/Costume Designer
Sonja Klaus Set Decoration/Design
Branko Knez Camera Operator
Ivo Kristof Stunts
Hana Kucerova Costumes/Costume Designer
Melissa Lackersteen Makeup
Michael Ian Lambert Stunts
Christine Larson Asst. Director
John Laurie Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Lawler Costumes/Costume Designer
Derek Lea Stunts
Stephane Lelievre Stunts
Miroslav Lhotka Stunts
Guy List Stunts
John Logan Screenwriter
Trevor Lovell Stunts
Ray Lovell Special Effects
Tony Lucken Stunts
Tom Lucy Stunts
Branko Lustig Producer
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Robbie MacFarlane Stunts
Kathleen Mackie Casting
Chris Manger Stunts
John Mathieson Cinematographer
Arthur Max Production Designer
Jason McCameron Special Effects
Laura McIntosh Makeup
Mark Meddings Special Effects
Ivan Mica Stunts
Peter Miles Stunts
Davey Miller Special Effects
Randy Scott Miller Stunts
Tim Mitchell Special Effects
Michael Mooney Costumes/Costume Designer
Graham Mullins Stunts
Neil Murphy Costumes/Costume Designer
Mustapha Natouri Stunts
Miroslav Navratil Stunts
Terry Needham Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Mark Newman Stunts
Ray L. Nicholas Stunts
William Nicholson Screenwriter
Peter Olgyay Stunts
Jane Omorogbe Stunts
Herman Ortiz Stunts
Hanin Ouidder Special Effects
Keith Pain Art Director
Walter Parkes Executive Producer
John Pilgrim Special Effects
Graham Povey Special Effects
Ivana Primorac Makeup
Trefor Proud Makeup
Simon Quinn Special Effects
Abdelfatah Qzaibar Costumes/Costume Designer
Mohammed Raj Costumes/Costume Designer
Pauline Richards Stunts
Lee Rider Special Effects
Marcel Roberts Stunts
Marc Roberts Stunts
Cliff Robinson Art Director
Jean-Phillipe Roman Stunts
Peter Russell Art Director
Ghaine Said Costumes/Costume Designer
Crispian Sallis Set Decoration/Design
Pietro Scalia Editor
Felix Schroer Camera Operator
Ken Scotland Stunts
Jose Maria Serrano Stunts
Tim Shanahan Costumes/Costume Designer
Robin Shenfield Executive Producer
Neville Shulman Consultant/advisor
Peter Skehan Special Effects
David Slaivre Stunts
Stana Slosserova Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Milo Smalley Musical Direction/Supervision
C.C. Smiff Stunts
Gordon Smith Stunts
Jennifer Smyj Stunts
Eddie Stacey Stunts
R.J. Steel Stunts
Rupert Steggle Costumes/Costume Designer
William Steggle Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Stoute Stunts
Tim Stracey Special Effects
Hassan Taghriti Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Taylor Camera Operator
Paul Taylor Special Effects
Ian Thompson Special Effects
El Hassan Tib Special Effects
Marek Toth Stunts
Amanda Trewin Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Uhrovcik Stunts
Colin Umpleby Special Effects
Pavel Voukoun Stunts
Ian Walker Stunts
Seoras Wallace Stunts
Anne Marie Walters Special Effects
Steven Warner Special Effects
Dave Watkins Special Effects
David Weiss Stunts
Peter White Stunts
Peter White Special Effects
Dave Whiteing Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Whitrod Special Effects
Doug Wick Producer
Dave Williams Special Effects
Tubardh Wilson Stunts
Julia Wilson Makeup
Alexander Witt Cinematographer
Trevor Wood Special Effects Supervisor
Janty Yates Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Young Special Effects
Hans Zimmer Score Composer


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Gladiator 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 182 reviews.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
The movie is good.  I give five stars.
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joet37382013 More than 1 year ago
Best Russell Crowe Action Movie Ever
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Never saw this all the way expect here and there. Finally saw the whole thing. Acting was at times over the top but still good. Setting and soundtrack was also good.
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The Gladiator was this summers best film. I personally watched it 3 times. The three hour time frame passes by without looking once at your watch. This film was a work of art in regards to story line and special effects. Most definately 2 thumbs up in my book. DTS Sound & Wide Screen Fomat is the way to do it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great graphics
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally a movie that has an interesting story along with action, drama, and suspense. The action scenese are amazing! The best movie I have seen in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The fantasy definitely worked for me. Russell Crowe is fabulous, a superbly-talented actor, I'm now trying to get hold of every film he's done. (I'd recommend LA Confidential and The Insider as his best work, after Gladiator.) Joaquin Phoenix's scenes with Richard Harris should bring him an Oscar nomination. After multiple viewings, I can honestly say that the movie has the same emotional impact each time and even continues to impress with new details (concerning the opening battle scene, or the Roman fashions and jewelry that Lucilla wears.) ''What we do in life echoes in eternity.'' Hail Maximus!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Russell Crowe is brilliant in this Shakespearean-like tragedy. The soundtrack has several beautiful themes. The movie is haunting and you will continue to think about it. Strong character development in the leading roles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing the movie six times, only one word come to mind to describe it - WOW! The best movie I've seen in a LONG time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not the best movie ever made, but I enjoyed it. Russell was excellant. Now, he is a true film star in a film alot of people saw. One of his best. The woman was boring & the story between her & her brother was unnecessary & made no sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definitively another good film delivered by Ridley Scott, enjoyable of course but as always with a profound sense of humane nature and father-son relations, a constant in Scott's films Actors are excellent perhaps certain overacting in the emperor's character. Rome's reconstruction is a plus
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was brilliant, witht he best directing and acting put together. It is by far the best movie I've ever seen, and I'm am most definitely pre-ordering it. I am very sorry for you if you missed it in theatres because I'm sure the large screen and surround sound enhanced the film, but either way I suggest you buy the movie. Don't bother even renting it, just buy it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This must be the greatest movie ever! I loved it when I saw it in the theaters and I can't wait to get it on DVD. It has all the ingredients of a great movie, an excellent, flowing plot, great acting, even better action scenes, and nice special effects. If you have or are starting a DVD collection, this is THE MOVIE TO BUY! A MUST HAVE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of, if not the best films i have seen in a long time. Russell Crowe is such a versitile actor. The cinematography in this film is beautiful. Along with the strong story and cast, makes this film is must buy. If you havent seen it , just buy it !, its worth every pennie