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.
Though dozens of versions of the script were written, the original 130 page draft, dated October 1997 by David Franzoni, is "... different in almost every detail from the finished movie." (As quoted by 'David S. Cohen' in his book 'Screen Plays'.)
Gladiator, are you the one they call the Spaniard?
Lucius Verus: They said you were a giant. They said you could crush a man's skull with one hand.
Maximus: A man's? No. A boy's...
Lucius Verus: They have good horses in Spain?
Maximus: Some of the best.
Maximus: This is Argento, and this is Scarto....
During the initial battle with the barbarians, Maximus kills one by cutting his head off, but his sword gets caught in the tree he was standing against. In the next shot, his sword is in his hand, then back in the tree. In the extended version of the movie Maximus draws a reserve sword from his horse and continues fighting, then returns for the first sword in the tree after the battle is over.
Both the Dreamworks & Universal logos are altered to appear gold in color so they match the opening theme of Maximus walking through a wheatfield.
$34,819,017 (USA) (5 May 2000)
$187,670,866 (USA) (13 April 2001)
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