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Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Harris) decides to name victorious general Maximus (Crowe) his heir over the ruler's own son, the decadent Commodus (Phoenix). But Commodus manages to take over the Empire anyway. Maximus is betrayed, his family killed, and he is sold as a slave, eventually learning the ways of a gladiator. Then he returns to Rome to fight before the new Emperor and get his revenge. Last role for Reed (playing owner/trainer Proximo), who died during production. Unlike the cheesy Italian muscle epics of the early '60s this is swords, sandals, and killer beasts for a new generation, with a compelling hero in Crowe.

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Available on Running time 154 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Rome--Ancient, Sword & Sandal, Revenge, Slavery, Big Battles, Wild Kingdom, Brothers & Sisters, Royalty, Politics, Top Grossing Films of 2000
David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Rafael (Leaf) Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou, Ralph (Ralf) Moeller, Derek Jacobi, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, David Schofield, John Shrapnel, Tomas Arana, Spencer (Treat) Clark, Tommy Flanagan, David Hemmings, Sven-Ole Thorsen
John Mathieson
Ridley Scott
Hans Zimmer
Douglas Wick, Branko Lustig, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Dreamworks Pictures, Universal Pictures, Scott Free, Dreamworks Pictures


Oscars 2000: Actor (Crowe), Costume Des., Film, Sound, Visual FX; British Acad. 2000: Cinematog., Film; Golden Globes 2001: Film--Drama, Score; Natl. Bd. of Review 2000: Support. Actor (Phoenix); Broadcast Film Critics 2000: Actor (Crowe), Cinematog., Film, Support. Actor (Phoenix).

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I love this movie! The only bad thing is that it is pretty long. In Gladiator, victorious general Maximus Decimus Meridias has been named keeper of Rome and its empire by dying emperor Marcus Aurelius, so that rule might pass from the Caesars back to the people and Senate. Marcus' neglected and power-hungry son, Commodus, has other ideas, however. Escaping an ordered execution, Maximus hurries back to his home in Spain, too late to save his wife and son from the same order. Taken into slavery and trained as a gladiator by Proximo, Maximus lives only that he might someday take his revenge and fulfill the dying wish of his emperor. The time soon comes when Proximo's troupe is called to Rome to participate in a marathon of gladiator games held at the behest of the new emperor, Commodus. Once in Rome, Maximus wastes no time in making his presence known, and is soon involved in a plot to overthrow the emperor with his former-love Lucilla, Commodus' sister, after whom he lusts, and also the widowed mother of Lucius, heir to the empire after his uncle, and democratic-minded senator, Gracchus