DVD 155 mins IMDB 8.1 (115,583 votes) top 250: #141
Dreamworks (2000)
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Russell Crowe Maximus
Joaquin Phoenix Commodus
Connie Nielsen Lucilla
Oliver Reed Proximo
Richard Harris Marcus Aurelius
Derek Jacobi Gracchus
Djimon Hounsou Juba
David Schofield Falco
John Shrapnel Gaius
Tomas Arana Quintus
Ralf Moeller Hagen
Spencer Treat Clark Lucius
David Hemmings Cassius
Tommy Flanagan Cicero
Sven-Ole Thorsen Tiger

Director Ridley Scott
Producer David Franzoni; Branko Lustig; Douglas Wick
Writer David Franzoni; John Logan; William Nicholson
Cinematography John Mathieson
Musician Lisa Gerrard; Hans Zimmer
User Credit 1 Pietro Scalia
User Credit 2 Janty Yates

A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences. His battle skills serve him well, and he becomes one of the most famous and admired men to fight in the Colosseum. Determined to avenge himself against the man who took away his freedom and laid waste to his family, Maximus believes that he can use his fame and skill in the ring to avenge the loss of his family and former glory. As the gladiator begins to challenge his rule, Commodus decides to put his own fighting mettle to the test by squaring off with Maximus in a battle to the death. Gladiator also features Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou, and Oliver Reed, who died of a heart attack midway through production. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 678149066722
Region Region 1
Release Date 2/8/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Intense, graphic combat.
User Text 2 What We Do In Life Echoes In Eternity.
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Trivia: Some of the battle music on the soundtrack interpolates variations on "Mars, the Bringer of War" from Gustav Holst's "The Planets". (more)

Goofs: Continuity: After the final fight sequence with Comodus, Maximus is seen from behind falling onto a patch of flat earth covered with petals. In subsequent shots of him on the ground (as Lucilla comforts him) a raised "pillow" of earth can be seen under Maximus' head. (more)

Lucilla: I want to help you.
Maximus: Yes, you can help me... Forget you ever knew me, and never come back here again.

Awards: Won 5 Oscars. Another 44 wins & 75 nominations (more)