Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Gladiator is now available in an all-new extended version that includes 17 additional minutes of vivid action and extraordinary storytelling. Discover the unparalleled power of Gladiator, masterfully directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) and featuring a riveting performance from Russell Crowe, hailed by Newsweek as "a genuine larger-than-life hero!"
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.
An 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.
"At my signal, unleash hell."--Maximus (Russell Crowe) to his troops
"Are you not entertained?!"--Maximus to the arena crowd
New York Times
"...Mr. Crowe gives a performance with ball-of-fire intensity..." 05/26/2000 p.E18
"...[The film's] best moments achieve a real grandeur....[Crowe] supplies all the conviction GLADIATOR needs." 06/01/2000 pp.21-2
"...A classically designed pop spectacle....Triumphantly combined visual dazzle and old-fashioned storytelling..." 06/08/2000 p.132,Ranked #24 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "It works, and Russell Crowe in the title role has never been better." 12/01/2005 p.98
"...A gloriously entertaining thrill-packer of truly epic proportions..." -- 5 out of 5 stars 06/01/2000 pp.80-1
"...Grand and rousing....One's expectations are met by doozies..." -- Rating: A- 06/16/2000 p.64,Ranked #5 in Entertainment Weekly's "Lisa Schwarzbaum's BEST MOVIES OF 2000" 12/22/2000 pp.106-17
"...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 05/01/2000 p.62
Los Angeles Times
"...Crowe has a patent on heroic plausibility....GLADIATOR is supremely atmospheric..." 05/05/2000 p.C1
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,Ridley Scott, Nominee, Best Director
San Francisco Chronicle
This Ridley Scott film, his best in years, re-envisions ancient Rome for the ages and makes it safe to go back to the Coliseum... The story keeps pushing forward, with lots of action and intrigue... Throughout, Scott never ceases giving us interesting things to look at.
Gladiator is quite a good movie--a big, fat, rousing, intelligent, daring, retro, many-adjective-requiring entertainment... Crowe brings strength and honor...
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Ben Falk, BBCi Films
Huge in scope and endlessly exciting, Gladiator is the new word in blockbuster.
Brian Webster, Apollo Movie Guide
Action movie fans will love Gladiator for its intensity.
James Berardinelli's ReelViews
...the kind of movie upon which Hollywood once built its reputation but rarely produces anymore...