Gladiator (2000)

# 00198 IMDb TOP250 #42 TV-14 | R 

Gladiator (2000

taglineCommander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and 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.

Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Russell Crowe, Djimon Hounsou, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, David Schofield

Action, Adventure, Drama (2h 35min)


Rated 8.5 after 1,156,975 votes, 67% postive reviews on 08-Oct-18.

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Won 5 Oscars. Another 53 wins & 101 nominations


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. 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. The 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.


Ridley Scott (director) Russell Crowe Joaquin Phoenix Connie Nielsen Oliver Reed Richard Harris Derek Jacobi

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 (Tigris), Omid Djalili (Slave Trader), Nicholas McGaughey (Praetorian Officer), Chris Kell (Scribe), Tony Curran (Assassin #1), Mark Lewis (Assassin #2), John Quinn (Valerius), Alun Raglan (Praetorian Guard #1), David Bailie (Engineer), Chick Allan (German Leader (as Chick Allen)), David Nicholls (Giant Man (as Dave Nicholls)), Al Ashton (Rome Trainer #1 (as Al Hunter Ashton)), Billy Dowd (Narrator), Ray Calleja (Lucius' Attendant), Giannina Facio (Maximus' Wife), Giorgio Cantarini (Maximus' Son), Allan Corduner (Trainer 1 (extended edition) (as Alan Corunder)), Michael Mellinger (Trainer 2 (extended edition)), Said Amel (Proximo's Man (extended edition)), Adam Levy (Officer 1 (extended edition)), Gilly Gilchrist (Officer 2 (extended edition)), Paul Bateman (Germanic Swordsman (uncredited)), Nick Beardshaw (Roman Dignitary (uncredited)), Michael Dickins (Germanic Soldier (uncredited)), Malcolm Ellul (Centurion (uncredited)), James Fiddy (Roman Soldier (uncredited))...

From the same director


David Franzoni (story), David Franzoni (screenplay), John Logan (screenplay), William Nicholson (screenplay)

Produced by

David Franzoni (producer), Branko Lustig (producer), Laurie MacDonald (executive producer), Terry Needham (associate producer), Walter F. Parkes (executive producer), Douglas Wick (producer), Ridley Scott (executive producer (uncredited))



When you go to the ruins of Rome now, you get really no sense of the scale and the grandeur of what that forum would have been… It's hard to get it anywhere except from some of the great epic films of the past like "Quo Vadis," "Ben-Hur," "Demetrius and the Gladiators," "Barabbas," and "The Fall of the Roman Empire."

Scott's "Gladiator" is build around a mythic character, a man trying to find his way home... It is around someone finding inner strength in a tough time…Maximus is somebody who doesn't want to be a soldier… We realize this is a man who is pursuing the ultimate which is transcending death and finding love after death which completely transforms your reaction to the man, a man who is very, very strong but very, very loving…

One of the most successful bits of casting was Oliver Reed… He's a gruff businessman who makes his living off the death machine and yet, inside, there was some kind of ethical person that would come out at the right moment…

Ridley Scott creates a lot of beautiful scenes between the characters… He did some fantastic work in all of those wonderful scenes in the film… One of the best scenes of the motion picture is where Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) is told by his father that he is not going to be the emperor… But there's another moment between Harris and the Danish beauty Connie Nielsen that I liked very much… Harris says, "Let's not speak of politics. Let us pretend that you are a loving daughter and I'm a good father. " They walk for a few seconds and Lucilla says, "This is a pleasant fiction." I felt this short scene so sophisticated… It seemed to me wonderfully insightful, simple in terms of amount of words, but complex in terms of understanding this relationship…

The plot, familiar from Anthony Mann's " Fall of the Roman Empire," had Russell Crowe as Maximus, the proud well-loved Roman general in the army of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris). Maximus whose motto is "Strength and Honor" is like a son to Aurelius, a statement that left Aurelius' own son, Commodus perturbed...

Disappointed by the news that his father privately decides to name Maximus his successor, and being a young ambitious son lusting for power, he murders his father, and orders a strike against the general... Joaquin Phoenix is easy to hate in a frightening and vile character... Ridley Scott's epic film does not romanticize a democratic Golden Age of Rome but a decaying, blood thirsty empire on the edge of its fall...

Through its beautiful music, through Russell's performance and through Ridley's soulfulness, "Gladiator" brought a poetic vision in a new and very cinematically luxurious way that really gave the audience something different, so emotional and intimate…

Memorable quotes

Commodus: Rise. Rise.
[Maximus stands up, clenching an arrow head in his right hand]
Commodus: Your fame is well deserved, Spaniard. I don't think there's ever been a gladiator to match you. As for this young man, he insists you are Hector reborn. Or was it Hercules? Why doesn't the hero reveal himself and tell us all your real name? You do have a name.
Maximus: My name is Gladiator.
[turns away from Commodus]
Commodus: How dare you show your back to me! Slave, you will remove your helmet and tell me your name.
Maximus: [removes helmet and turns around to face Commodus] My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and 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 trembles in disbelief]
Quintus: Arms!
[Praetorians point their spears at the gladiators while the Colosseum crowd chants for them to live. Commodus shakes his head and motions the crowd for silence. He then raises his fist and reluctantly gives the thumbs-up signal]

80 total 


Oliver Reed died three weeks before principal photography ended. Since he was considered a key character, a clause in the movie's insurance coverage would have allowed the filmmakers to re-shoot all of Reed's scenes with another actor, and the insurers would pay for it (an estimated twenty-five million dollars). However, most of the actors and crew were exhausted from the punishing schedule, and Ridley Scott did not want to cut Reed from the movie. The script was re-written, a body double and CGI were used to give Reed's character a plausible resolution.

171 total 


Won 5 Oscars. Another 53 wins & 101 nominations 
Academy Awards, USA • Golden Globes, USA • BAFTA Awards • Screen Actors Guild Awards • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA • AFI Awards, USA • American Cinema Editors, USA • American Society of Cinematographers, USA • ARIA Music Awards • Art Directors Guild • ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards • Awards Circuit Community Awards • Awards of the Japanese Academy • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards • Bogey Awards, Germany • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards • Chicago Film Critics Association Awards • Cinema Audio Society, USA • Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards • Directors Guild of America, USA • DVD Exclusive Awards • Empire Awards, UK • European Film Awards • Golden Screen, Germany • Golden Trailer Awards • Grammy Awards • Harry Awards • Jupiter Award • Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards • London Critics Circle Film Awards • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards • Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA • MTV Movie + TV Awards • National Board of Review, USA • Nikkan Sports Film Awards • Online Film & Television Association • Online Film Critics Society Awards • PGA Awards • Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards • San Diego Film Critics Society Awards • Satellite Awards • Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards • World Stunt Awards • Young Artist Awards

Other titles

Gladiador (Argentina; Brazil; Chile; Mexico; Peru; Portugal; Uruguay; Venezuela) • Gladiator (Austria; Belgium; Canada (English title); Germany; Denmark; Finland; Finland (Swedish title); France; Japan; Poland; Slovenia) • Гладиатор (Bulgaria (Bulgarian title); Russia) • Gladiateur (Canada (French title)) • Gladiátor (Czech Republic; Hungary; Slovakia) • Gladiaator (Estonia) • Gladiator (El gladiador) (Spain) • Gladiaattori (Finland (TV title)) • Gladiator: Special Edition (Finland (video box title)) • Monomahos (Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)) • Μονομάχος (Greece) • Gladijator (Croatia; Serbia) • Vijeta (India (Hindi title)) • Skylmingaþrællinn (Iceland) • Il gladiatore (Italy) • Gladiatorius (Lithuania) • Gladiatoren (Norway) • Gladiatorul (Romania) • Gladyatör (Turkey (Turkish title)) • Гладiатор (Ukraine) • The Gladiators (USA (working title))



Rated R for intense, graphic combat


Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A / Canada:18A / Canada:18 / Canada:14 / Canada:18A / Canada:AA / Canada:13+ / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:Tous publics / Germany:16 / Germany:12 / Greece:K-15 / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:16 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:15 / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Malaysia:18SG / Malaysia:U / Netherlands:16 / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:M / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Russia:18+ / Singapore:PG / South Africa:13 / South Korea:15 / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:14 / Switzerland:14 / Taiwan:R-12 / United Kingdom:15 / United States:TV-14 / United States:R


DreamWorks (presents), Universal Pictures (presents), Scott Free Productions (in association with), Mill Film, C & L, Dawliz, Red Wagon Entertainment (uncredited)


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