Gladiator (2000)

Gladiator (2000)

Gladiator (2000)

Ancient Rome period epic from director Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Film and Best Actor (Crowe).

Before Maximus (Crowe), a heroic Roman General, can honor the wishes of his dying emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) by assuming the emperor's role, Aurelius' cruel and corrupt son Commodus (Phoenix) orders the execution of Maximus and his family. Escaping death, Maximus assumes the life of an anonymous gladiator, fighting his way back to the Roman Colosseum where he seeks revenge and a return to justice for Rome.

Best Film, Actor (Crowe), Costume Design, Visual Effects and Sound winner at the Academy Awards, 2001. Best Film (Drama), Golden Globes 2001. Best Film, BAFTA Awards 2001.
2000Rating: M, Medium level violence, adult themes155 minsUK, USA
ActionAdventureDrama
Director:
Ridley Scott ('Alien', 'Blade Runner', 'Thelma & Louise', 'American Gangster', 'Robin Hood')
Writer:
David FranzoniJohn LoganWilliam Nicholson
Cast:
Russell CroweJoaquin PhoenixConnie NielsenOliver ReedRichard HarrisDerek JacobiDjimon Hounsou

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Variety

Variety

John Mathieson's widescreen cinematography is magnificent, and the pacing across 2½ hours is well modulated.

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Total Film

Total Film

Gladiator will never be confused with The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire. Instead, it marks a return to epic film-making worthy of Ben-Hur and Spartacus with breathtaking technical advances... A star is born. And his name is Russell Crowe.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Glorious, a colossus of rousing action and ferocious fun.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

It employs depression as a substitute for personality, and believes that if the characters are bitter and morose enough, we won't notice how dull they are.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Like an aging athlete who knows how to husband strength and camouflage weaknesses, it makes the most of what it does well and hopes you won't notice its limitations.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

While it's all grand opera, and driven by sweeping gestures and pompous, overwritten dialogue, it is prone to plain silliness - especially in granting us the big showdown at the close. But the sheer dynamism of the action, coupled with Hans Zimmer's lavish score and the forcefield of Crowe, still makes this a fiercesome competitor in the summer movie stakes.

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