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.
Joaquin Phoenix was incredibly nervous on-set, and would ask Russell Crowe to rough him up before their big scene together, so he could psyche himself up. Crowe was at a loss, and went to Sir Richard Harris for advice. "Mate, what are we going to do with this kid, he's asking me to abuse ... ...
You have a great name. He must kill your name before he kills you.
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.
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