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Gladiator (2000)

R   |    |  Action, Adventure, Drama


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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.

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12 September 2005 | Russell_
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"Gladiator" definitely is a classic film as it combines a simple, but moving, story with beautiful scenery, filming, direction and score – it is truly a "complete" movie.

I am mostly compelled with the beautiful script which in a way reminds me of poetry, though it is still everyday language. I love the acting portrayed by the late Oliver Reed and also Richard Harris. Russell Crowe, Djimon Housou and Joaquin Phoenix are also superb and the parts suit them perfectly. There are also a number of less "popular" artists who also deserve a big "bravo". Amongst them I have to mention ex-Mr Universe Ralph Moeller who is mostly used as the comic relief of the movie. In Gladiator we can also the beautiful and popular Maltese TV Star and actress Ruth Frendo, who although has a small part, she is totally brilliant and outstanding.

Actually I got to IMDb while I was looking for her name on the internet, in fact on IMDb she has some very stunning photos. I was lucky to meet Ruth Frendo whilst she was filming in another Maltese production. Ruth Frendo is not only a gorgeous and talented actress but she is also amazingly intelligent and very down-to-earth. We will definitely be seeing more of her work in the future...

The scenery used for "Gladiator" is brilliant – and the opening battle scene is definitely one of my top favorite scenes. The modern camera technique contrasts sharply to the brutality of the gladiators actions and blood shed during the movie; and I love the light contrasts thanks to the lenses which most definitely have been used to create a surreal feel to the entire movie.

"Gladiator" deserves all the awards and great reviews it has received, and for those of you who still haven't gone and watched it – I can assure you that it will be well worth your time and money. So go on and rent it now!

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Trivia

While Cicero (Tommy Flanagan) is waiting to talk to Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) outside the Colosseum, he can be seen standing next to the giant foot of a statue. Although the rest of the statue isn't seen, given the size of the foot, the statue itself is most likely the Colossus of Nero, a ninety-eight-foot (thirty meter) statue that Emperor Nero had erected in his own likeness. It is interesting to know that the statue did not always stand next to the Colosseum. It had been moved there years after its creation, and it probably caused the stadium to be nicknamed "the Colosseum" (it was officially known as the Flavian Amphitheater). Years later, the real emperor Commodus had the statue changed to himself as Hercules, by replacing the head, but it was restored after his death.


Quotes

Maximus: Five thousand of my men are out there in the freezing mud. Three thousand of them are bloodied and cleaved. Two thousand will never leave this place. I will not believe they fought and died for nothing.


Goofs

Proximo tells the trader he'll give him "2000 for the men and 4 for the beasts", but he then says "that's 5000 total for an old friend". It means discount. He didn't think 2000+4000=5000.


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.


Alternate Versions

The ABC version of "Gladiator" (aired in 2002) was made into a two-part movie including scenes that were deleted in the theatrical version, but found in the DVD version. It had been heavily edited for violence.


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Now We Are Free
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Written by
Lisa Gerrard and Hans Zimmer

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Action | Adventure | Drama

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