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Ridley Scott (BLADE RUNNER, ALIEN) transports Hollywood to second-century Rome in this rousing historical epic that proudly harkens back to such films as BEN-HUR and SPARTACUS. Russell Crowe plays Maximus, a Roman general who leads the troops in conquering Germania for the empire. When an aging Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) tells Maximus that he'd like him to rule Rome once he's gone, a classic confrontation ensues between the brave and charming soldier--who wants to return home to his wife, son, and farm--and the jealous and conniving Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), the emperor's only son, who is thirsty for power. Bought as a slave by the profiteering Proximo (Oliver Reed, in his last role), Maximus must kill or be killed in the ring, battling to save not only himself but the future of the very empire that he loves and honors. The film features a terrific battle sequence (that recalls the beginning of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN), huge crowd scenes of thousands of people, and even a little romance, albeit mostly taboo. The impeccably choreographed gladiator scenes are violent yet thrilling, flashing by like lightning. GLADIATOR is a glorious spectacle filled with heart and soul.

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  • Edition: Extended Edition
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 678149439120

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Editorial reviews

"...Mr. Crowe gives a performance with ball-of-fire intensity..."
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell (05/26/2000)

"...A classically designed pop spectacle....Triumphantly combined visual dazzle and old-fashioned storytelling..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (06/08/2000)

"...A gloriously entertaining thrill-packer of truly epic proportions..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
Total Film - Steven Goldman (06/01/2000)

"...Grand and rousing....One's expectations are met by doozies..." -- Rating: A-
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (06/16/2000)

Ranked #5 in Entertainment Weekly's "Lisa Schwarzbaum's BEST MOVIES OF 2000"
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (12/22/2000)

"...Literate writing, commanding direction, awe-inspiring production design, eye-popping photography, breathtaking music and superlative acting all contribute to the staggeringly convincing recreation of the era..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Box Office - Wade Major (05/01/2000)

"...Crowe has a patent on heroic plausibility....GLADIATOR is supremely atmospheric..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (05/05/2000)

Ranked #24 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "It works, and Russell Crowe in the title role has never been better."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (12/01/2005)

"...The film's best moments achieve a real grandeur....Crowe supplies all the conviction GLADIATOR needs."
Premiere - Glenn Kenny (06/01/2000)

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Created: 04/15/09

Christopher Lee Rhyne Review 51

The Gladiator is an excellent film, the roman empire, brutal savagery, mutilated corpses and armies waiting to honor its general. Rome is glory, come hither brothers, sons and fathers. In this world are Gods, in your life you will knee to Rome & in your soul and spirit you will give your blood.

A power struggle of good men will find out they are amoung evil hearts. Murder comes like cheap wine and the war heaps souls into cruel piles. General Maximus Decimus Meridias defender to Emperor Marcus Aurelius but when Commodus has slavery and fight in a ring of human Rome is overtaken by Commodus. Hopefully Maximus will restore power back to Rome. Rome will be Republican.

CAST>>>>>&​gt;>>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

155 min / Region 1 / English / Color.

Proximo & Maximus had quotes which I thought was part of the films genuine plot: To profit from death your a "Gladiator". A Spaniard has the "Gods of the Sun". Rated R, children with adult supervision 5*****

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Created: 08/14/08


I really enjoyed this movie! Russell Crowe plays the role of the general-turned-slave, Maximus without effort. In his mid-thirties, Crowe inhabits his character with proper authority and confidence. Maximus is tough, muscular, and not afraid to fight hand to hand combat and risk dying with his men.

The film starts by chronicling the northern armies of Rome, an epic battle against a Germanic horde in 180 A.D. The film engages awesome battle footage. There are archers shooting flaming arrows; precursors to artillery abd huge incendiary bombs launched from catapults while the charges explod on impact in the trees that are sheltering the enemy! The combat itself, with heavily armored legions marching against the whooping middle European natives, is realistic and a bit bloody,but nonetheless thrilling and explosive!

Maximus is victorious, and is complimented by the emperor himself, Marcus Aurelius (played by Richard Harris). This Caesar asks his best general what he wants; Maximus replies he wants to return to his wife and son, and their farm, outside of Rome. Of course the complication is that the emperor, offers him a form of power of succession. Maximus would not be a dictator, which Marcus and previous Caesars have been. Instead, he would serve as a sort of sergeant at arms to the Roman Empire, the administration and allowing power to return to the Senate. Rome would once again be the republic it was at its founding...

More intrigue surfaces when the emperor’s real son and daughter enter as they are ushered to the battle, after the death dealing is done. Joaquin Phoenix plays Commodus, who believes he will be the next dictator, and is sister Lucilla played by Connie Nielson. Her character is the smarter of the two, more politically canny and much wiser. She also apparently had been involved with Maximus prior to his marriage to another.

The Special Effects are stunning! Scenes showing ancient Rome, painstakingly recreated with the Old World flavor of a living city.

An Excellent movie that I highly recommend seeing if you already haven't has the opportunit, and if you have, revisited again and again!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 03/06/11

Gladiator( DVD, 2005, 3-Disc Set, Extended Edition)

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What did I love about this classic? Let's see: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Oliver Reed, Djmon Hounsou, Richard Harris. Directed by one of the all-time great Director Ridley Scott, who left no detail out of this production. The Feature Disc has 17 minutes of additional footage. The Documentary Disc Two is 3 hours and 20 minutes long, longer than the Feature itself! The 3rd Disc hasProduction Design and Featurette Galleries, Storyboards, Costume Designs, abandoned sequences. But the movie not only revived the dormant, overexposed sword-and-sandal genre, it raised the standard that will be most difficult, if not impossible, to match in artistic creativity.

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Created: 06/13/09

Father of a murdered son

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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Created: 09/25/05

One of the greatest movies ever made

This is wonderful storytelling. The opening Battle Scene simply mesmerizes, showing the brutal nature of combat for Roman conquests. I went back to see the film again. The first time I didn't hear anything Crowe said before the battle. I was just too visually caught-up. The second time I listened very closely and caught the wise yet succinct line from Maximus "what we do in life... echoes in eternity." Awesome.

A simple man v. an emperor. I just loved the resilience Maximus showed throughout the movie. I find in most movies, there is an irritatingly slow process where the character has to "find himself," not so with Gladiator. Maximus does what is needed.

I liked how there were only two or three issues within this film. One was the afterlife. Aspects of the afterlife are opened, but not overdone. Love of family is given sizable focus. I liked the theme of love of country that we see as well, although it may not be justly deserved, it is never questioned.

The visual effects were amazing. It actually had me wanting to believe that's the way Rome actually looked in all it's glory. The battle of Carthage reenactment was really great.

The ending is just hypnotic. Intentionally or unintentionally it was simply emotional. The music is wonderfully beautiful as if Maximus' family are telling him...you have arrived.

Bottom line: magnificent. Visually and emotionally satisfying.

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