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Gladiator (movie)

Gladiator is a 2000 movie directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. It won five Academy Awards in the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony, including the prestigious Academy Award for Best Picture. Gladiator is a commercially successful film but, like most films based in antiquity, it was criticized by historians for its inaccuracies [1]. Nonetheless, it is considered a classic among many youth generations, because of its epic nature, and praised direction from Ridley Scott.

Plot

A farmer-turned-soldier by the name of Maximus Decimus Meridius (played by Russell Crowe) is one of the top generals in the Roman army. He leads his men to many victories and gains the support from the masses and even the Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. The emperor is dying, and because he trusts Maximus over his only son Commodus (played by Joaquin Phoenix), the emperor appoints temporary leadership to Maximus in order to return the power to the Senate. When Commodus realizes what is about to happen, he murders his father in order to acquire the position through being next in line. At the same moment, he also orders his men to murder Maximus before he can claim his rightful position. Maximus escapes his fate only to find that his family has been slaughtered. Maximus then must start over and work his way up by fighting as a gladiator in various arenas. To gain success and power, he appeals to the Roman people. His power and fame continue to grow until he finally reaches the historic Roman Colosseum and comes into contact again with his true enemy, Commodus. When realising that the famous "Spaniard" is his arch enemy, Commodus is forced to let him live due to the cries of the crowd. Maximus later survives an indirect attack on his life when he is forced into a match against the "only undefeated champion in Roman History."

At one point, Maximus makes an attempt to rejoin his army and make a coup on the city of Rome. However the emperor gains knowledge of this by means of his eight year old nephew and the coup fails. Commodus then realises that he has to get rid of Maximus, and arranges a fight with him in the arena but stabs him before the match starts. Maximus still manages to kill him but dies soon after, passing on the wishes of Marcus Aurelius.

Maximus is tested both physically and emotionally. He must avenge the death of his wife and son and honor the final wishes of his true emperor.

Production

Overall, Gladiator cost a collected 145.7 million dollars to make and advertise, with the main part of the production costs spent on computer special effects. However, the movie grossed over 187 million dollars in American theaters alone and after earning more than 269 million dollars overseas, Gladiator proved to be a huge success at the box office[2].

Actor Oliver Reed died in Malta during the filming of Gladiator; as a result, a body double and digitally altered outtake footage of the actor were used in his absence, at an estimated cost of $3 million. The film is dedicated to his memory.

The soundtrack was composed by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, and conducted by Gavin Greenaway. Most of the film was shot in Morocco and Malta where a replica of the Colosseum was built.

There are rumors and speculation revolving around a possible sequel to Gladiator, one of the clues surrounding the rumors, is a small 2 minute documentary "Easter egg" found on the Extended edition DVD of Gladiator, noting that a sequel is possible.

Cast

.Russell Crowe - Maximus

Joaquin Phoenix - Commodus

Connie Nielsen - Lucilla

Richard Harris - Marcus Aurelius

Oliver Reed - Proximo

Derek Jacobi - Senator Gracchus

Djimon Hounsou - Juba

Spencer Treat Clark - Lucius Verus

Ralf Moeller - Hagan

Influences

Historical

Commodus as portrayed by Joaquin PhoenixThe Roman emperors portrayed in the movie are Marcus Aurelius (played by Richard Harris), who ruled AD 161ЁC180, and his son, the deranged Commodus, who ruled between 180ЁC192, and scandalized Roman society by appearing in the Colosseum as a gladiator, and spent most, if not all, of his time as Emperor in staging gladiatorial combats, seemingly obsessed with the sport. The film's

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