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The story of a soldier of the Ancient Roman Empire who refuses to transfer his loyalty to the new emperor and pays for it by being made a gladiator, fighting in the Colosseum. The great Roman General Maximus (Crowe) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield. The war won, Maximus dreams of home, wanting only to return to his wife and son; however, the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power.
Jealous of Maximus' favour with the emperor, the heir to the throne, Commodus (Phoenix), orders his execution and that of his family. Barely escaping death, Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows. Now he has come to Rome, intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor Commodus.
Incredible special effects, a superb cast and a moving story combine to make the year's biggest movie, and the best gladiatorial movie since Spartacus!
Making Of Gladiator HBO First Look, Deleted Scenes With Optional Directors Commentary, Gladiator Games Roman Blood Sport A Learning Channel Special, Hans Zimmer Profile The Making Of The Music For Gladiator, Pietros Treasure Chest The Best Of Deleted Footage Montage, Spencer Treat Clark Production Journal, Original Storyboard Comparisons And Conceptual Art, Photo Gallery, Trailers, Animated Menus, Production Notes, Cast And Crew Biographies
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 149 minutes
Production Year: 2000
Main Language: English
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Not exactly 'fun for all the family' but for most this will be exciting and dramatic viewing.