David Franzoni, Branko Lustig, Laurie MacDonald, Terry Needham, Walter F. Parkes, Douglas Wick, Ridley Scott
Russell Crowe (as Maximus), Joaquin Phoenix (as Commodus), Connie Nielsen (as Lucilla), Oliver Reed (as Proximo), Richard Harris (as Marcus Aurelius),...
5 May 2000
United International Pictures, American Broadcasting Company, CBS Paramount Domestic Television, DreamWorks Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, CIC-Taft Home Video
« Father of a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife and I shall have my vengeance in this life or the next »
On my command - unleash hell
Directed by Ridley Scott and starring the incredible Russell Crowe, "Gladiator" is a rare example of a movie that combines a thrilling and emotional story, an excellent script, an outstanding cast, and an inspired cinematographer.
General Maximus Decimus Meridius leads the Roman army to victory against Germanic barbarians in the year 180 AD, ending a prolonged war and earning the esteem of elderly Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Although the dying Aurelius possesses a son, Commodus, Aurelius decides to appoint temporary leadership to the morally-upstanding Maximus, with a desire to eventually return power to the Roman Senate. Aurelius informs Maximus and offers him time to consider before informing Commodus, who murders his father. Declaring himself the emperor, Commodus asks Maximus for his loyalty, which he refuses, realizing Commodus's involvement in the Emperor's death. Commodus orders Maximus's execution and dispatches Praetorian Guards to murder Maximus's wife and son. Maximus escapes his execution and races home only to discover his family's charred and crucified bodies in the smoldering ruins of his villa. After burying his wife and son, a grieving Maximus succumbs to exhaustion and collapses on their graves.