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.
Russell Crowe began shooting this film a few months after The Insider (1999) wrapped. He'd gained more than forty pounds for his previous film, and lost it all before this one. He claims he did nothing special, besides normal work on his Australian farm.
Maximus, please be careful, that wasn't prudent.
Maximus: Prudent? The Emperor has been slain.
During the second battle of Zucchabar Maximus is fighting the gladiator who wears an oversized helmet with the metal galea on it. Maximus' first cut is across the gladiator's stomach but when he delivers the stab wound which is to be the fatal wound it is obvious that he pushes his sword between the gladiators left arm & side, you can even see the gladiator lift his arm to accommodate it.
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) (7 May 2000)
$187,705,427 (USA) (27 April 2013)