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A hero will rise.
|Set in roman times a banished roman general fights his way back as a gladiator. The only power stronger than the emperor is the greatest hero in all the empire.|
"Huge in scope and endlessly exciting, Gladiator is the new word in blockbuster. Ben Falk, BBCi Films
"Action movie fans will love Gladiator for its intensity. Brian Webster, Apollo Movie Guide
Editor's NoteRidley 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.
Gladiator - DVD Review
By: Christopher Null filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 8/21/2009 2:42 PM
|The awe-inspiring trailers for Gladiator may have you dreaming of Spartacus and Ben-Hur, but you may be surprised to find this film in reality a less palatable mlange of Braveheart and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. This isn't altogether a bad thing, but those expecting a new Roman epic that will stand the test of time (like Spartacus and Ben-Hur) are in for some surprises. The currently hot Russell Crowe stars as Maximus, "the general who became a slave" who begins the film as a commander so high in the echelons of the Roman army that the aging Caesar Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) hand-picks him to become the next Caesar....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Ridley Scott - Director|
|John Mathieson - Director of Photography|
|Klaus Badelt - Musical Score|
|Lisa Gerrard - Musical Score|
|Hans Zimmer - Musical Score|
|David H. Franzoni, et al. - Producer|
Plot SummaryAn epic adventure that calls to mind the big-budget Hollywood films of the past, Ridley Scott's thrilling film is a raucous, engaging, and highly impressive spectacle. Maximus, a well-respected general, is stripped of his rank when the scheming Commodus takes over the Roman Empire in 180 AD. Maximus finds himself fighting for his life in the vicious gladiator arenas, where he uses his fame to spark unrest among the oppressed Roman citizens, firing up Commodus's anger and setting the stage for the ultimate battle.
|Ridley Scott, Nominee, Best Director|
|Russell Crowe, Nominee, Best Actor|
|Joaquin Phoenix, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor|
|David Franzoni, et al., Nominee, Best Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen|
|Hans Zimmer, Nominee, Best Original Score|
|"At my signal, unleash hell."----Maximus (Russell Crowe) to his troops|
|"Are you not entertained?!"----Maximus to the arena crowd|