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.
A prequel was considered, but it was changed into a sequel that would play fifteen years later and focus on Lucilla's son Lucius. When Russell Crowe showed interest in reprising his role as Maximus, a script was written which followed Maximus in the afterlife. However, this sequel was abandoned, because it was not felt to be in the spirit of its predecessor.
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 that they fought and died for nothing.
Marcus Aurelius: And what would you believe?
Maximus: They fought ...
Maximus is a general in the professional Roman army (SPQR), but he was Spanish by birth. The Legions were open to any Roman citizen, not just native-born Romans. Since Spain was a Roman province at the time, it's very likely that Maximus was a Roman citizen as well as Spanish native.
Both the Dreamworks & Universal logos are altered to appear gold in color so they match the opening theme of Maximus walking through a wheatfield.
A 171-minute extended version incorporating formerly deleted scenes has been created specifically for DVD release.
$34,819,017 (USA) (7 May 2000)
$187,705,427 (USA) (27 April 2013)
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