DreamWorks Pictures/Red Wagon Entertainment & Scott Free Productions Released 2000




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Ridley Scott

Maximus is a powerful general who is loved by the people, his army and the Emperor himself. After years of serving Rome on the battlefield, Maximus wishes to return home to his wife and son. But fate has a different plan for his life. His destiny becomes one of slavery where the arena is his battlefield, and he kills to entertain the mob. Maximus surrenders to the life handed to him by the gods and becomes a great gladiator. As fate intervenes once again, Maximus finds himself back in Rome. Stripped of his military status, he is known only as "The Spaniard." Once again, Maximus finds he must serve the wishes of his Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, and face an opponent who holds the dream of Rome in his hands.


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  • QUOTES (9)

    • Commodus: Have I missed it? Have I missed the battle?
      Marcus: You have missed the war.

    • Juba: Spaniard, why don't you fight? We all have to fight.
      Scibe: Well, I don't fight. I shouldn't be here, I'm a scribe, I write down words and speak seven languages.
      Hagen: Good. Tomorrow, you can scream in seven languages.

    • Maximus: (awaiting their opponents in the Colosseum) has anyone here been in the army?
      Soldier: Yes, I served with you at Vindobona.
      Maximus: You can help me. Whatever comes out of these gates, we've got a better chance of survival if we work together. Do you understand? If we stay together, we survive.

    • Commodus: Why doesn't the hero reveal himself and tell us all your real name? You do have a name.
      Maximus: My name is Gladiator.
      Commodus: How dare you show your back to me. Slave! You will remove your helmet and tell me your name.
      Maximus: (SIGHS) My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the armies of the north, general of the Felix legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius, father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.

    • Commodus: Why is he still alive?
      Lucilla: I don't know.
      Commodus: He shouldn't be alive. It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed.

    • Lucilla: The gods have spared you. Don't you understand? Today I saw a slave become more powerful than the emperor of Rome.
      Maximus: The gods have spared me? I am at their mercy, with the power only to amuse a mob.
      Lucilla: That is power. the mob is Rome.

    • Cicero: I thought you were dead.
      Maximus: Close.
      Maximus: How long have the men been in Ostia?
      Cicero: All winter.
      Maximus: And how do they look?
      Cicero: Fat and bored.
      Maximus: Who's in command?
      Cicero: Some fool from Rome.
      Maximus: How soon do you think they could be ready to fight?
      Cicero.: For you, tomorrow

    • Maximus: I knew a man who once said, " Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back."

    • Commodus: Lucius will stay with me now. And if his mother so much as looks at me in a manner that displeases me, he will die. If she decides to be noble and takes her own life, he will die. And as for you, you will love me as much as I loved you. You will provide me with an heir of pure blood, so that Commodus and his progeny will rule for 1,000 years. Am I not merciful?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Production Budget - $103,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $187,705,427 (4th)
      Worldwide Gross - $457,640,427 (2nd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $284,169,997
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $692,828,550

    • Other Production Companies:
      Scott Free Productions
      Red Wagon Entertainment
      Mill Film
      C & L

    • Filming locations include:
      Lone Pine, California
      Atlas Corporation Studios, Ouarzazate, Morocco
      Farnham, Surrey, England
      Ouarzazate, Morocco
      Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England
      Siena, Tuscany, Italy

    • Taglines:
      1. What We Do In Life Echoes In Eternity.
      2. A Hero Will Rise.
      3. The Gladiator Who Defied An Empire
      4. Summer 2000 A.D.
      5. A general who became a slave. A slave who became a gladiator. A gladiator who defied an emperor.

    • An extended version of the movie runs almost 16 minutes longer.

    • Academy Award Wins:
      1. Picture
      2. Actor - Russell Crowe
      3. Costume Design
      4. Visual Effects
      5. Sound

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Director - Ridley Scott (won by Steven Soderbergh for Traffic)
      2. Supporting Actor - Joaquin Phoenix  (won by Benicio Del Toro for Traffic)
      3. Original Screenplay
      4. Editing
      5. Cinematography
      6. Art Direction
      7. Original Score

      Golden Globes Wins:
      1. Best Drama
      2. Original Score

      Golden Globes Nominations:
      1. Director - Ridley Scott
      2. Actor - Russell Crowe
      3. Supporting Actor - Joaquin Phoenix

      BAFTA Wins:
      1. Best Film
      2. Cinematography
      3. Production Design
      4. Editing

      BAFTA Nominations:
      1. Anthony Asquith Award
      2. Screenplay
      3. Costume Design
      4. Sound
      5. Special Effects
      6. Hair/Makeup
      7. David Lean Award
      8. Actor -  Russell Crowe  (won by Jamie Bell for Billy Elliot)
      9. Supporting Actor - Joaquin Phoenix  (won by Benicio Del Toro for Traffic)
      10. Supporting Actor - Oliver Reed  (won by Text for Traffic)

      Grammy Nominations:
      1. Soundtrack


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