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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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7 September 2002 | copperccso
One of the Greatest Movies Ever
I love history, and to me, Gladiator is a masterpiece. It is the most accurate picture of the Roman Empire Hollywood has ever put out. People declare Spartacus a masterpiece, but Gladiator far outdoes Spartacus in quality. The costuming, the acting, the screenplay, the scenery, and the fighting styles made me think that I had traveled back to 180 A.D. Russell Crowe is a true Hollywood tough guy, and he is superb in this movie. Joaquin Phoenix is outstanding as a villain, one of the best in movie history. He played his character as if it were a psychologist's dream case. Connie Nielsen plays one of the strongest female characters that I have ever seen. The choreographer of the action sequences was brilliant. Ridley Scott did an outstanding job in recreating the Empire, including the multitude of ethnic groups within the Empire and accurately depicting everyday life. If you're looking for insight into what the Roman Empire was like, this is a perfect depiction.

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Trivia

In the original drafts of the script, the name of the main character was not Maximus, but Narcissus, the name of the man who killed Commodus in real-life.


Quotes

Gracchus: Fear and wonder, a powerful combination.
Falco: You really think people are going to be seduced by that?
Gracchus: I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they'll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they'll roar. The ...


Goofs

After Maximus stabs his opponent in the foot with the ax, a shot of his feet shows him falling, and the ax has disappeared. In the far shot, Maximus picks up the ax, which is on the ground between the other guy's feet.


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

There are a whole slew of unused shots and sequences compiled into a short film. Some of those sequences are:

  • A few new shots of Commodus riding to meet his father along with his entourage.
  • New footage of Maximus riding to flank the Germanians.
  • A whole Alternate Sequence of the Death of Maximus's Wife and Son. In this version we see him ride through many different scenes and he overlooks the farm seeing his son getting trampled by horses and his wife screaming. He screams and he reaches forward with his open hand. He pulls it back and there is blood. He cries out loud in pain over the death of his family.
  • New footage of the Arabs and the Gladiator Training Grounds.
  • Commodus not-so-warm reception in Rome. We see people graffiting his name on walls.
  • New footage of the first Gladiator Chain-Gang battle. We see an Alternate Take of Hagen impaling the man on a spike protruding from a wall. We also see that after the battle is over, a huge man wearing a mask walks out and kills the wounded.
  • Hagan in a bath accompained by exotic women.
  • Germanian Ground Battle footage of Maximus fighting of many Germanians!


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Written by
Walter Maioli and Nathalie Van Ravenstein (as Natalia Van Ravenstein)
Performed by Synaulia
Courtesy of Amiata Media Srl.

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Action | Adventure | Drama

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