Gladiator

Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris, Russell Crowe

DreamWorks Home Video | August 13, 2003 | DVD

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Russell Crowe rocks the coliseum as the pumped up warrior Maximus in the spectacularly eye-popping epic Gladiator. Once a revered general in the Roman army, the mighty Maximus sinks towards death and defeat when the new emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) strips him of his rank and has his family murdered. Conscripted by a slave-trader and gladiator trainer named Proximo - played by Oliver Reed in his last role - Maximus once again finds a reason to live, using his incomparable battle skills to propel himself to the very coliseums of Rome. There, he makes a name for himself and eventually faces the self-destructively decadent emperor in a fight that will determine the future of the empire. The special effects are dazzling and Crowe is brooding, powerful and awesomely magnetic as the deadly gladiator with a mighty big chip on his even mightier shoulders.

Video Release: August 13, 2003

Theatrical Release: 2000

Runtime: 155

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: DreamWorks Home Video

UPC: 667068720426

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Gladiator

Gladiator

Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris, Russell Crowe

Video Release: August 13, 2003

Theatrical Release: 2000

Runtime: 155

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: DreamWorks Home Video

UPC: 667068720426


Edition Description
  • Dolby
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Digitally Mastered
  • Runtime: 155 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

Ridley Scott (BLADE RUNNER, ALIENS) 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.

Description

IN THEATRES: MAY 5, 2000 (NATIONAL) An epic adventure that calls to mind the big-budget Hollywood films of the past, Scott's film is a raucous, engaging, and highly impressive spectacle. Crowe stars as Maximus, a well-respected general who is stripped of his rank when the evil Commodus (Phoenix) 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. Eventually, Commodus succumbs to the challenge, and the two face off for a battle that will send one man to his death.

Notes

Richard Harris accepted the part of Marcus Aurelius after Ridley Scott agreed to shoot his scenes on seven consecutive days. Russell Crowe had a hand in fixing the original script. Although the script is fiction, some of the characters are based on historical fact. Commodus was indeed the son of Marcus Aurelius, took over after his father's death, and fought many times in the Colosseum, although the battles were usually setups. Oliver Reed died shortly before the end of filming; his final scene had to be shot with a body double. Derek Jacobi played the emperor Claudius in the 1976 miniseries I, Claudius, which ends approximately 130 years prior to the beginning of GLADIATOR. The majority of the crowd in the Colosseum was computer-generated.
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