Dreamworks (2000)
Adventure, War, Action
In Collection
Seen ItYes
IMDB   8.5
155 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   R (Restricted)
Russell Crowe Maximus
Joaquin Phoenix Commodus
Oliver Reed Proximo
Richard Harris Marcus Aurelius
Derek Jacobi Senator Gracchus
Connie Nielsen Lucilla
David Schofield Senator Falco
Tomas Arana Quintus
Djimon Hounsou Juba
John Shrapnel Senator Gaius
Ralf Moeller Hagen
Spencer Treat Clark Lucius
David Hemmings Cassius
Tommy Flanagan Cicero
Sven-Ole Thorsen Tigris of Gaul
Ridley Scott
Producer Ridley Scott
David Franzoni
Branko Lustig
Douglas Wick
Writer David Franzoni
John Logan
William Nicholson
Cinematography John Mathieson
Musician Hans Zimmer
Lisa Gerrard

The protagonist Maximus, played by Russell Crowe, is a general of the Roman army. While in Germania, the emperor's son, Commodus commits patricide. After failing to pledge allegiance to the new emperor, Maximus is outcast and sent out to be executed. Following a failed execution attempt, he becomes of a slave. Maximus' family is murdered.After becoming a slave, he fights in gladiatorial matches in the distant outreaches of the Roman Empire. His skill in battle eventually leads him back to Rome, where he re-encounters his nemesis, the emperor. Bloody battles are set up where Maximus and other gladiators are outnumbered. However, despite the overwhelming odds, Maximus wins his matches. The emperor, now furious in his failure to kill the fallen general, decides to fight Maximus in the Coliseum. Commodus fixes the match by stabbing Maximus before the fight. Nonetheless, Maximus' skill in battle is too much for Commodus.
Edition Details
Distributor Columbia/Tri-Star
Release Date 9/26/2000
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen (16:9)
Fullscreen (4:3, Pan & Scan)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks Dolby Surround [English]
Dolby Digital Surround [English]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 01 Disc 1: Introduction to Extended Cut by Director Ridley Scott An "Are You Not Entertained?" Trivia track with Historical References All-New Audio Commentary with Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe Deleted Footage Marker. Guide to help identify the newly restored footage. Disc 2: Strength and Honor: Creating the World of Gladiator Documentary Includes: · Tale of the Scribes: Crafting the Story · The Tools of War: Weapons and Vehicles · Attire of the Realm: Costume Design · The Heat of Battle: 3 Production Journal Featurettes · Resurrecting Proximo: Digitally Salvaged Scenes with actor Oliver Reed · The Glory of Rome: Oscar-winning Visual Effects · Echoes in Eternity: The film's release and global impact Disc 3: Production Design Featurette and Gallery Storyboard Demonstrations, Comparisons and Gallery Abandoned Sequences Ridleygrams: Ridley Scott's Own Sketches Costume Design Gallery Photo Galleries Deleted Scenes including Alternate Opening Titles Letters From the Front: Authentic memos on the challenges of production Commodus Screen Test (Joaquin Phoenix) Visual Effects Explorations (Germania & Rome) An Evening with Russell Crowe English, French and Spanish Subtitles And Much More!