film is quite simply a masterpiece. The musical score and opening
sequences set the mood immediately. The cast could not have been
better chosen - each carries off their part with absolute believability.
The first action scene is brilliant, also telling the audience that
they're in for a good ride. Russell Crowe is Maximus, his
adversary Joaquin Phoenix, Commodus.
A great goodie and a great baddie. Stunning locations and scenery
add to the occasion, a recreation of the Roman Empire at time of
change. The direction and acting is flawless, from the main
characters and supporting cast. For this reason the epic film is my
favorite* and is bound to become an all time classic. NK
the final days of Marcus Aurelius' reign, the aging emperor angers his
son Commodus by making it known that he wants Maximus, a fearsome and
respected Roman general, to be his successor. Maximus is a
powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor,
Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his
heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and
his family condemned to death.
Commodus kills his father and orders the death of Maximus. But the
latter flees, only to discover that his wife and child have been
murdered by Commodus. The powerful
general is unable to save his family, and his loss of will allows him to
get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies.
Maximus is forced into slavery, where he is sold to Proximo, a former
gladiator who serves as both mentor and slavemaster. Maximus trains as a
gladiator in the arena, where his fame grows. He goes to Rome, intent on
avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor
has learned that the one power stronger than that of the emperor is the
will of the people, and he knows he can only attain his revenge by
becoming the greatest hero in all the empire. The greatest
champion of Rome is brought out of retirement in an attempt to kill
Maximus. Tigers held in position with rope and a great fighter await
Maximus in the great Colliseum of Rome. Maximus ultimately continues on
his quest to fulfill the wishes the previous emperer has asked of him.
only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so that
he will be able to look into the eyes of the man who will feel his
revenge. The movie ends with Maximus taking a new name,
"General." The Emperer Commodus then attempts to take Maximus
out of the picture. The Emperer meets Maximus in the arena and meets him
with sword himself. The future of Rome is determined.
What We Do In Life Echoes In Eternity.
a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by a
corrupt prince, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek
hrs. 30 min.
5, 2000 Nationwide
intense graphic combat.
Red Wagon Entertainment, Scott
DreamWorks SKG, Universal
Ouarzazate, Morocco, Malta,
Shepperton Studios, England, United Kingdom Farnham,
is the product of the carefully choreographed sword fights (by Nicholas
Powell, who also choreographed Braveheart's sword fight scenes); of
magnificent set design, especially the reconstruction of the Coliseum
(by production designer Arthur Max); accurate costume designs (by Janty
Yates); and weaponry design (by supervising armorer Simon Atherton). Gladiator
captures most of its glory in the heroism of its main character Maximus,
the General/Gladiator. The character's strength and appeal derives from
a well-developed role and from Crowe's accurate personification and
again, Director Ridley Scott proves to be as professional as one can be.
The recreation of ancient Rome is splendid, with all its magnificent
buildings and atmosphere and he is able to show with all brightness the
greatness of the Roman Empire, with its political problems and military
discipline, and love and treason, of hate and jealousy, that still have
a place in our world today. But the story has a glow of its own, to
which all the beautiful scenery (believe me, it's awesome!!!) and great
cinematography are just balancing factors. The plot is a rich one, that
is as dynamic as it is present. He once again, after Blade Runner, 1492,
and others helps us visit the depths of the human soul, which remains
the same over all our historical and social experience. Even the fights,
are displayed in such a way that all the blood is quite discrete, but
still, making us feel like screaming and jumping out of our seats. I
would also like to point out the performances of the cast, that is
surprisingly good. We have some actors and actresses, who are not
Hollywood icons, but are are greatly able to move the audience among
screams and tears. All in all, we have guys like Russel Crowe, who are
coming out to be part of a new and extremely promising harvest of people
who are making each time more fans around the world. Well, you should
see for yourself!
modern day athletes, ancient Roman gladiators did product
endorsements. The producers considered including this in the script
but discarded the idea as unbelievable.
Crowe began shooting for Gladiator a few months after The
Insider (1999) wrapped. He had gained upwards of 40 pounds for
his Oscar-nominated role in The Insider and yet lost it all before
Gladiator began. He claims he did nothing special other than normal
work on his farm in Australia.
Ferrigno was originally cast as Tigris of Gaul, but was replaced
during production by Sven-Ole
Thorsen who had been lobbying hard for the part.
Reed suffered a fatal heart attack during filming. Some of his
sequences had to be re-edited and a double, photographed in the
shadows and with a 3D CGI mask of Reed's face, was used as a
stand-in. The film is dedicated to his memory.
Nielsen found the 2000-year-old signet ring which she wears in
the movie, in an antique store.
the Colosseum scenes, only the bottom two decks are actually filled
with people. The other thousands of people are computer-animated.
the chanting of the Germanic hordes at the beginning of the film are
samples of the Zulu war chant from the film Zulu
the Spanish dubbed version Maximus says he is from Emerita Augusta
(now called Merida). The Spanish dubbers claimed that,
"Trujillo doesn't combine the 'qualities' to be cradle of the
wounds on Russell
Crowe's face after the opening battle scene are real, caused
when his horse startled and backed him into tree branches. The
stitches in his cheek are clearly visible when he is telling
Commodus he intends to return home.
('Russell Crowe' ) description of his home (specifically how the
kitchen is arranged and smells in the morning and at night) was
ad-libbed - it's a description of Crowe's own home in Australia.
actor Sven-Ole Thorsen
not only played Tigris the Gaul but doubled as one of the spectators
during that same battle.
yak helmet worn by the gladiator who was slain by Hagen, is the same
one worn by the warrior slain by Sean
Connery, in Time
of the battle music on the soundtrack interpolates variations on
"Mars, the Bringer of War" from Gustav
Holst's "The Planets".
filming, director Ridley
Scott wore the red cap worn by Gene
Hackman in the movie Crimson
Tide (1995), which was directed by Ridley's brother, Tony
Harris, who plays Marcus Aurelius, was originally set to play
Commodus in The Fall
of the Roman Empire (1964) (but left the film due to artistic
differences with director Anthony
Mann and was replaced by Christopher
one point, Commodus mentions the emperor Claudius to Lucilla and
Lucuis. Derek Jacobi,
who plays Gracchus in this film, played Claudius in the BBC TV
Claudius" (1976) (mini).
real-life Commodus was in fact the only Roman Emperor in history to
fight as a gladiator in the arena. However, he did it several times,
not just once. Also, he was not killed in the arena but was
strangled in his dressing room by an athlete named Narcissus.
much of the movie is fictitious, it's interesting to note that
emperor Commodus' historically accurate killer, Narcissus, was born
in the same Roman African province as the one in the movie where
Maximus becomes a gladiator.
the original drafts of the script, the name of the main character
was not "Maximus" but "Narcissus" the name of
the man who killed Commodus in real life.
Gibson was offered, but turned down the part of Maximus.
to rumor, Enya
didn't record any music for the soundtrack of this film. The song
simply sounds like something she would have recorded. The song, and
in fact much of the soundtrack, was composed and sung by Lisa
started developing the story in the 1970s when he read "Those
Who Are About To Die," a history of the Roman games by Daniel
P. Mannix; Franzoni later discussed the idea with 'Steven
Spielberg' during their work on Amistad
(1997), saying that he envisioned Commodus as being something like Ted
Turner in the way he combined politics and entertainment to
establish a base of influence.
Scott was persuaded to do the film when DreamWorks head Walter
F. Parkes and producer Douglas
Wick presented him with a reproduction of the 1872 painting
"Pollice Verso" ("Thumbs Down") by Jean-Leon
Gerome, in which a gladiator stands over the opponent he has beaten.
visiting the real Colosseum, Ridley
Scott remarked to production designer 'Arthur Max' that it was
"too small," so they designed an outsized "Rome of
the imagination" which was inspired by English and French
romantic painters, as well as Nazi architect Albert
added the aspects of the film in which Maximus discusses the
afterlife, seeking to make the character more accessible to
the course of the gladiatorial scenes, Russell
Crowe broke bones in his foot and his hip, and injured both
chose not to use the end of the film to note that Rome did not, in
fact, become a republic again, because he thought most audiences
would already know that.
the changes necessitated by the death of Oliver
Reed was the final scene, as it was supposed to have been
Proximo who buried the figures in the sand of the Coliseum.
added the shot of Maximus moving through a wheat field to the
beginning of the film; it had been filmed for the ending.
shots of Oliver Reed
had to be faked with CGI after his death, at an estimated cost of $3
Spanish heritage meshes interestingly with his choice of arms - as a
General riding with the cavalry of the Felix Legion, (in the opening
battle) he wields a sword known as a "Spatha", popular
among the continental tribes especially in Spain and southern Gaul.
As a Gladiator, he uses a sword similar to the spatha in appearance
but shorter and broader. This weapon is known as the "Gladius
Hispaniensis", and was adopted by the Roman infantry after
Scipio's invasion of the Iberian Peninsula in the II century B.C.,
after the end of the 2nd Punic War. Roman infantry wore the gladius
on the right side - this, facilitated by the short blade length,
allowed the legionary to draw his weapon on the same side as his
sword arm; cross-drawing would be hindered by the scutum (the large
rectangular shield) while in formation.
short sword used by the Roman army, the Galdius Hispaniensis, is
seen being used by many gladiators in the film. The version used in
the arena in the film is accurate as depicted; it was often shorter
than the military version. The use of the gladius is actually the
source of the word "Gladiator".
historians have tried to find proof that the awning in the Coliseum
really was used as a cooling system.
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Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed,
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this epic of a movie. a man robbed of his family, name and
dignity strives to win them back and gain revenge on the evil
Emperor of Rome.
epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott, set in the
year 180, begins with the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius
(Richard Harris) which throws the Roman Empire into chaos.
(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 condemned to be executed to perfect the deception.
Maximus escapes from his executioners in a brilliant frosty
morning wood scenario, is subsequently captured by slave
traders, renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator by
Proximo (Oliver Reed - who died of a heart attack midway
battles to the death with other men for the amusement of
paying audiences. His battle skills serving him well. He
becomes one of the most famous and admired men to fight in the
Coliseum. Determined to avenge himself against the evil
Emperor Commodus, who took away his freedom and laid waste to
his family. Maximus learns that he can use his fame and
skill in the ring to avenge the loss of his family and former
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, having first fatally
wounding Maximus while he is helplessly bound.
also features Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou.
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