Gladiator


Gladiator

Overview:

In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus 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.

Votes 5376 (7.9/10)

Runtime: 155 minutes

Release Date 2000-05-01

Budget: $103,000,000.00

Revenue: $457,640,427.00

Tagline: A Hero Will Rise.

Production company:

  • DreamWorks SKG
  • Universal Pictures
  • Scott Free Productions
  • Red Wagon Entertainment
  • Mill Film
  • C & L
  • Dawliz

Production country:

  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Action
  • Drama
  • Adventure

Trailer

Further Information

Maximus
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
Commodus
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
Lucilla
Connie Nielsen
Connie Nielsen
Proximo
Oliver Reed
Oliver Reed
Marcus Aurelius
Richard Harris
Richard Harris
Gracchus
Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
Juba
Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
Falco
David Schofield
David Schofield
Gaius
John Shrapnel
John Shrapnel
Quintus
Tomas Arana
Tomas Arana
Hagen
Ralf Moeller
Ralf Moeller
Cicero
Tommy Flanagan
Tommy Flanagan
Lucius
Spencer Treat Clark
Spencer Treat Clark
Cassius
David Hemmings
David Hemmings
Tigris
Sven-Ole Thorsen
Sven-Ole Thorsen
Maximus' Wife
Giannina Facio
Giannina Facio
Praetorian Guard #1
Alun Raglan
Alun Raglan
Maximus' Son
Giorgio Cantarini
Giorgio Cantarini
Engineer
David Bailie
David Bailie
Slave Trader
Omid Djalili
Omid Djalili
Praetorian Officer
Nicholas McGaughey
Nicholas McGaughey
Assassin #1
Tony Curran
Tony Curran
Assassin #2
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Valerius
John Quinn
John Quinn
Rome Trainer #1
Al Hunter Ashton
Al Hunter Ashton
Trainer 1
Allan Corduner
Allan Corduner
Trainer 2
Michael Mellinger
Michael Mellinger
Proximo's Man
Said Amel
Said Amel
Officer 1
Adam Levy
Adam Levy
Officer 2
Gilly Gilchrist
Gilly Gilchrist
Centurion (uncredited)
Malcolm Ellul
Malcolm Ellul
Centurion (uncredited)
Ray Mangion
Ray Mangion
Roman Soldier (uncredited)
James Fiddy
James Fiddy
Roman Soldier (uncredited)
João Costa Menezes
João Costa Menezes
Fighter (uncredited)
Mike Mitchell
Mike Mitchell
Sedan Chair Carrier (uncredited)
Norman Campbell Rees
Norman Campbell Rees
German Barbarian (uncredited)
Steve Saunders
Steve Saunders
Coliseum Gladiator (uncredited)
Brian Smyj
Brian Smyj
Director
Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
Producer
David Franzoni
David Franzoni
Producer
Branko Lustig
Branko Lustig
Producer
Douglas Wick
Douglas Wick
Screenplay
David Franzoni
David Franzoni
Screenplay
John Logan
John Logan
Screenplay
William Nicholson
William Nicholson
Set Decoration
Crispian Sallis
Crispian Sallis
Costume Design
Janty Yates
Janty Yates
Production Design
Arthur Max
Arthur Max
Original Music Composer
Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
Original Music Composer
Lisa Gerrard
Lisa Gerrard
Casting
Louis DiGiaimo
Louis DiGiaimo
Editor
Pietro Scalia
Pietro Scalia
Visual Effects
Colin Coull
Colin Coull
Unit Publicist
Rob Harris
Rob Harris
Sound
Scott Martin Gershin
Scott Martin Gershin
Hairstylist
Graham Johnston
Graham Johnston
Hairstylist
Ivana Nemec
Ivana Nemec
Hairstylist
Anita Burger
Anita Burger
Hairstylist
Carmel Jackson
Carmel Jackson
Hairstylist
Alex King
Alex King
Hairstylist
Marese Langan
Marese Langan
Makeup Artist
Paul Engelen
Paul Engelen
Makeup Artist
Laura McIntosh
Laura McIntosh
Makeup Artist
Trefor Proud
Trefor Proud
Makeup Artist
Melissa Lackersteen
Melissa Lackersteen
Makeup Artist
Jo Allen
Jo Allen
Makeup Artist
Ivana Primorac
Ivana Primorac
Assistant Art Director
José Luis del Barco
José Luis del Barco
Assistant Art Director
Adam O'Neill
Adam O'Neill
Art Direction
Keith Pain
Keith Pain
Art Direction
Peter Russell
Peter Russell
Property Master
Philip McDonald
Philip McDonald
Property Master
Graeme Purdy
Graeme Purdy
Greensman
Roger Holden
Roger Holden
Scenic Artist
Cynthia Sadler
Cynthia Sadler
Scenic Artist
Bob Walker
Bob Walker
ADR & Dubbing
David A. Cohen
David A. Cohen
ADR & Dubbing
Laura Graham
Laura Graham
ADR & Dubbing
Chris Jargo
Chris Jargo
Dialogue Editor
Simon Coke
Simon Coke
Foley
John T. Cucci
John T. Cucci
Foley
James Moriana
James Moriana
Foley
Dan O'Connell
Dan O'Connell
Dialogue Editor
Lauren Stephens
Lauren Stephens
Foley
Jeffrey Wilhoit
Jeffrey Wilhoit
Sound Effects Editor
Christopher Assells
Christopher Assells
Sound Effects Editor
Dino Dimuro
Dino Dimuro
Sound Effects Editor
Randy Kelley
Randy Kelley
Sound Effects Editor
Jon Title
Jon Title
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Bob Beemer
Bob Beemer
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Scott Millan
Scott Millan
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Frank A. Montaño
Frank A. Montaño
Animatronic and Prosthetic Effects
Astrig Akseralian
Astrig Akseralian
Animatronic and Prosthetic Effects
Neil Corbould
Neil Corbould
CG Supervisor
Laurent Hugueniot
Laurent Hugueniot
Visual Effects Editor
Wesley Sewell
Wesley Sewell
Visual Effects Supervisor
Tim Burke
Tim Burke
Visual Effects Supervisor
Rob Harvey
Rob Harvey
Visual Effects Supervisor
John Nelson
John Nelson
Visual Effects Producer
Nikki Penny
Nikki Penny
Stunt Coordinator
Phil Neilson
Phil Neilson
Director of Photography
John Mathieson
John Mathieson
Camera Operator
Clive Jackson
Clive Jackson
Camera Operator
Branko Knez
Branko Knez
Camera Operator
Felix Schroer
Felix Schroer
Second Unit Cinematographer
Alexander Witt
Alexander Witt
Camera Operator
Peter Taylor
Peter Taylor
Camera Operator
Ben Gooder
Ben Gooder
Steadicam Operator
Klemens Becker
Klemens Becker
Still Photographer
Jaap Buitendijk
Jaap Buitendijk
Camera Technician
Agapios Louka
Agapios Louka
Casting
Mustapha Charif
Mustapha Charif
Casting
Kathleen Mackie
Kathleen Mackie
First Assistant Editor
Michael Reynolds
Michael Reynolds
First Assistant Editor
Chisako Yokoyama
Chisako Yokoyama
Music Editor
Dashiell Rae
Dashiell Rae
Transportation Coordinator
Gerry Gore
Gerry Gore
Location Manager
Terry Blyther
Terry Blyther
Location Manager
Mike Higgins
Mike Higgins
Location Manager
Jeremy Johns
Jeremy Johns
Supervising Art Director
Benjamín Fernández
Benjamín Fernández
Supervising Art Director
David Allday
David Allday
Supervising Art Director
John King
John King
Property Master
Bruce Bigg
Bruce Bigg
Executive Producer
Laurie MacDonald
Laurie MacDonald
Associate Producer
Terry Needham
Terry Needham
Executive Producer
Walter F. Parkes
Walter F. Parkes
Executive Producer
Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
Casting Associate
Stephanie Corsalini
Stephanie Corsalini
Stunts
Miroslav Lhotka
Miroslav Lhotka
Compositors
Simon Stanley-Clamp
Simon Stanley-Clamp
Gaffer
Daniele Botteselle
Daniele Botteselle
Special Effects
John Evans
John Evans
Title Graphics
Robert Dawson
Robert Dawson
Post Production Supervisor
Lisa Dennis Kennedy
Lisa Dennis Kennedy
Assistant Director
Ali Cherkaoui
Ali Cherkaoui
Color Timer
Dale E. Grahn
Dale E. Grahn
Stunts
Eddie Stacey
Eddie Stacey
Assistant Director
Adam Somner
Adam Somner

Eky

Gladiator has been my most favorite film of all time. It is an epic masterpiece in many ways and it really explains why despite the numerous viewings, Gladiator still amuses me with its powerful imageries and many other crucial aspects so that it won five Academy Awards. This film is very well written, the well-ensemble casts, the A-class acting (especially Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix), the stunning cinematography and definitely a strong character of Maximus (magnificently portrayed by Russell Crowe) whose life, struggle, disappointment and anger really move the audience, as if the world attention centers on him. Gladiator is not a historical film, because it only used the history of the ancient Roman Empire merely as the time setting. All other aspects namely those gorgeous shots, the great storyline/plot, the fantastic cinematography, the vividly lavish colors, detailed production design and digital imaging (that successfully rebuilt the stunning beauty of the ancient Roman Empire) and all sell really well, making the 170 minute-long running time definitely worthwhile. The visual of great battle in the first 15 minutes really stole my heart. The gruesome pictures, the blood and violence just to beautiful to abandon. Everything in this movie seems perfectly balanced, Ridley Scott as the film director really did his homework well in redefining and revitalizing the big battle sequence once considered masterpiece from Spartacus and Ben Hur. In the end, once again, I would say that Gladiator perfectly combines some crucial elements such as good, moving story, dazzling visual, beautiful scenery, filming techniques, direction and touching music score into one harmonious, action-packed film about heroism and its true meaning.

John Chard

They said you were a giant. They said you can crush a man's skull with one hand. Ridley Scott's Gladiator is not a perfect film, I would think that the hardiest of fans, of which I'm firmly one, know this deep down. Yet just like Commodus in the film is keen to point out that he himself has other virtues that are worthy, so does Gladiator the film. Enough in fact to make it an everlasting favourite of genre fans and worthy of the Academy Award acknowledgements it received. In narrative terms the plot and story arc is simplicity supreme, something Scott and Russell Crowe have never shied away from. There has to my knowledge as well, never been a denial of the debt Gladiator owes to Anthony Mann's 1964 Epic, The Fall of the Roman Empire. Some folk seem very irritated by this, which is strange because the makers of Gladiator were not standing up bold as brass to proclaim they were unique with their movie, what they did do was reinvigorate a stagnant genre of film for a new generational audience. And it bloody worked, the influence and interest in all things Roman or historically swashbuckling of film that followed post Gladiator's success is there for all to see. What we do in life echoes in eternity. So no originality in story, then. While some of the CGI is hardly "Grade A" stuff, and there's a little over - mugging acting in support ranks as some of the cast struggle to grasp the period setting required, yet the way Gladiator can make the emotionally committed feels overrides film making irks. Crowe's Maximus is the man men want to be and the man women want to be with. As he runs through the gamut of life's pains and emotionally fortified trials and tribulations, we are with him every step of the way, urging him towards his day of revenge splattered destiny; with Crowe superb in every pained frame, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor that he should have won for The Insider the previous year. Backing Crowe up is Joaquin Phoenix giving Commodus preening villainy and Connie Nielsen graceful as Lucilla (pitch Nielsen's turn here against that of Diane Kruger's in Troy to see the class difference for historical period playing). Oliver Reed, leaving the mortal coil but leaving behind a spicy two fold performance as Proximo the Gladiator task master. Olly superb in both body and CGI soul. Richard Harris tugging the heart strings, Derek Jacobi classy, David Hemmings also, while Djimon Hounso gives Juba - Maximus right hand man and confidante - a level of character gravitas that's inspiring. I didn't know man could build such things. Dialogue is literate and poetic, resplendent with iconic speeches. Action is never far away, but never at the expense of wrought human characterisations. The flaming arrows and blood letting of the Germania conflict kicks things off with pulse raising clarity, and Scott and his team never sag from this standard. The gladiator arena fights are edge of the seat inducing, the recreation for the Battle of Carthage a stunning piece of action sequence construction. And then the finale, the culmination of two men's destinies, no soft soaping from Scott and Crowe, it lands in the heart with a resounding thunderclap. A great swords and sandals movie that tipped its helmet to past masters whilst simultaneously bringing the genre alive again. Bravo Maximus Decimus Meridius. 10/10

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