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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

A study by the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Bern examined gladiator bones, and found out that gladiators were mostly vegetarian. Yet in the movie, they are shown eating meat.


Quotes

Marcus Aurelius: If only you had been born a man, what a Caesar you would have made.


Goofs

When Marcus Aurelius (who died in AD 180) tells Maximus his plans to make him his successor, many portraits are visible, including Septimius Severus, who gained power in AD 193.


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

Numerous deleted scenes that were left out of the film were compiled onto the DVD release. All scenes with the exception of the mini-film come with an exclusive Audio Commentoary by Ridley Scott. They are:

  • A brief scene showing Maximus surveying the cost of the Battle with the Germanians. They are hacked and dying Roman's everywhere.
  • A brief scene preluding the confrontation of Marcus Aurelius and Commodus. It shows Marcus praying to his ancestors for wisdom.
  • Friends of Proximo try to get him to bet against his own gladiators. We are also introduced to Hagan, the German in this scene.
  • Proximo tries to reason with Maximus as to not killing his opponents so quickly but to entertain the crowd.
  • Maximus watches condemmed Christians executed in the arena as they are fed to the lions.
  • Lucilla, Gracchus and Gaius have an important meeting in Gracchus' house. They discuss the future death of the Roman People as her brother Commodus is selling the grain reserve to pay for the games. They conclude that Commodus must die.
  • Commodus, dismayed by the re-appearence of Maximus, attacks a bust of his father with a sword.
  • Two of the Praetorians that knew of Maximus's escape from Germania, are executed by Commodus. Quintus and Commodus have an argument.
  • Commodus orders his spies to watch senators and Proximo. Proximo notices one of his followers.
  • Lucilla realizes that Falco is in league with Commodus.
  • Praetorians attack innocent civilains by setting them on fire.


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

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