Released in the United States on May 5, 2000, Gladiator was a box office success, receiving positive reviews, and was credited with rekindling interest in the historical epic. The film was nominated for and won multiple awards, notably five Academy Awards in the 73rd Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Crowe. The film is loosely based on historical events. In making the film Ridley Scott wanted to portray the Roman culture more accurately than in any previous film; to that end he hired several historians as advisors. Nevertheless, some deviations from historical fact were made to increase interest, some to maintain narrative continuity, and some for practical or safety reasons. Due to previous Hollywood movies’ affecting the public perception of what ancient Rome was like, some historical facts were “too unbelievable” to include. (Wikipedia)
Release date: 5 May 2000
User Votes: 8.5
Countries: USA, UK,
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama,
MPAA Rating: image
Runtime: 155 minutes
Gladiator – 2000
Summer 2000 A.D.
Plot: When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
Story: 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.
Did you know: During filming, director Ridley Scott wore the red cap worn by Gene Hackman in the movie
Crimson Tide, which was directed by Ridley’s brother, Tony Scott.