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Synopsis

From Ridley Scott, the director who more or less created the modern movie epic with Blade Runner and the original Alien, Gladiator is the epic story of Maximus (Russell Crowe), a glori¬ous Roman general who falls from favour when the Emperor dies, is reduced to the status of a slave and ends up fighting for his life in the Colosseum. He becomes such a favourite with the games-mad Roman populace that he finally finds himself in a position to chal¬lenge the new Emperor and redress the wrong done to him. "The most tyrannical ruler must still beguile his people even as he brutalises them. The gladiatorial games were such a distraction," says Scott.
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Written by: David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson

Produced by: Douglas Wick, David Franzoni, Branko Lustig

Main Cast: Russell Crowe (Maximus), Joaquin Phoenix (Commodus), Connie Nielsen (Lucilla), Oliver Reed (Proximo), Richard Harris (Marcus Aurelius), Derek Jacobi (Gracchus), Djimon Hounsou (Juba)

Nominations and Awards

  • Screen International Award (for a non-European film) 2000