R | | Action, Adventure, Drama
A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.
David Franzoni's original script had Maximus named Narcissus, Commodus being strangled in the baths (as he was by the real Narcissus), the fight at the Colosseum against a rhinoceros, instead of tigers, and Lucilla not making it to the end of the movie, but being executed (as she was in reality) along with some Senators inside a Sicilian Bull. The rhinos became tigers, because it was impossible to train real ones, and CGI replacements didn't look convincing.
He knows too well how to manipulate the mob.
Maximus: Marcus Aurelius had a dream that was Rome, Proximo. That is not it. That is not it!
Proximo: Marcus Aurelius is dead, Maximus. We mortals are but shadows and dust. Shadows and dust, Maximus!
The morning after the battle, when Maximus is patting his horse, a crew member in blue jeans walks backwards through the space underneath the horse's head and neck.
Both the Dreamworks & Universal logos are altered to appear gold in color so they match the opening theme of Maximus walking through a wheatfield.
VCD Version by HVN is 154 minutes long:
$34,819,017 (USA) (7 May 2000)
$187,705,427 (USA) (27 April 2013)
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