R | | Action, Adventure, Drama
When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
Initially, Russell Crowe had no interest in reading the script, as he was in the midst of working on The Insider (1999), and was completely focused on his portrayal of Jeffrey Wigand. He was eventually persuaded otherwise by Insider (1999) director Michael Mann, who passed him the script, ... ...
I knew a man once who said, "Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back."
Commodus: I wonder, did your friend smile at his own death?
Maximus: You must know. He was your father.
Commodus: You loved my father, I know. But so did I. That makes us brothers, doesn't it?...
After Maximus beheads the boar-helmeted enemy with two swords in Zucchabar, he throws one of his two gladius (short-swords) into the spectator's box. When he shouts "Are you not entertained?", his remaining sword changes hands several times.
Both the Dreamworks & Universal logos are altered to appear gold in color so they match the opening theme of Maximus walking through a wheatfield.
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