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Encyclopedia > Gladiator (2000 movie)
Gladiator
Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by David Franzoni
Starring Russell Crowe
Joaquin Phoenix
Connie Nielsen
Oliver Reed
Richard Harris
Produced by Douglas Wick
David Franzoni
Branko Lustig
Distributed by Dreamworks Universal Pictures
Release date 5 May 2000
Runtime 155 min.
Language English
Budget $103,000,000
IMDb page

Gladiator was a popular movie that appeared in 2000, directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. Image File history File links This is a copyrighted poster. ... Ridley Scott Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields) is an influential British film director and producer. ... Russell Crowe Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is an Oscar-winning film actor born in Wellington, New Zealand. ... Joaquin Phoenix in the Oscar-nominated role of Commodus Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (born October 28, 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico), also known as Leaf Phoenix, is an actor in the USA. He often plays supporting roles as characters plagued with self doubt. ... Connie Nielsen in Mission To Mars (2000) Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen is a Danish actress, born on July 3, 1965, in Copenhagen, Denmark. ... Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 – May 2, 1999) was an English actor known for his macho image on and off screen. ... There are more than one Richard Harris: Richard Harris (actor) Richard Harris (correspondent) Richard Harris (prospector) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Branko Lustig is a Croatian-Jew born in (Osijek February 10, 1932) is a prominent film producer. ... DreamWorks logo DreamWorks, L.L.C., doing business as DreamWorks SKG, is a Big Ten studio in the United States of America which develops, produces, and distributes films, video games, and television programming. ... Universal Studios logo Universal Studios is a famous Hollywood movie studio located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, which is in the San Fernando Valley. ... May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (126th in leap years). ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ridley Scott Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields) is an influential British film director and producer. ... Russell Crowe Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is an Oscar-winning film actor born in Wellington, New Zealand. ... Joaquin Phoenix in the Oscar-nominated role of Commodus Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (born October 28, 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico), also known as Leaf Phoenix, is an actor in the USA. He often plays supporting roles as characters plagued with self doubt. ...


The protagonist of the movie is a Roman general turned gladiator named Maximus Decimus Meridius (played by Russell Crowe) whose family was killed on orders from the Emperor Commodus (played by Joaquin Phoenix), and is now eager to seek revenge. It won five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Crowe), Visual Effects, Costume Design, and Sound. It was nominated for seven more, including Best Supporting Actor (Phoenix) and Best Director (Scott). Maximus Decimus Meridius is the fictional character of ancient Rome who is the hero of the 2000 movie Gladiator. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... Academy Award for Best Actor - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... This is a list of films that have received an Oscar for best visual effects. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... This is a list of films that have received an Oscar for best sound. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ...

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Historical sources

The Roman emperors portrayed in the movie are Marcus Aurelius (played by Richard Harris), who ruled AD 161180, and his son, the deranged Commodus, who ruled between 180192, and who scandalized Roman society by appearing in the Colosseum as a gladiator. The film's characterization attempts to reflect Marcus Aurelius's reputation for wisdom but does so by placing a modern democratic slant to his actions and beliefs. The representation of Commodus is extremely watered down, as Commodus was far more insane and bloodthirsty than he appears in the film. Roman Emperor is the title historians use to refer to rulers of the Roman Empire, after the epoch conventionally named the Roman Republic. ... Marcus Aurelius Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (April 26, 121 – March 17, 180) was Roman Emperor from 161 to his death in 180. ... Richard Harris (October 1, 1930 - October 25, 2002) was an Irish actor. ... Events March 7 - Roman emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by co-Emperors Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus. ... For other uses, see number 180. ... Commodus Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus (originally Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus) (August 31, 161–December 31, 192 A.D.) was a Roman Emperor who ruled from 180 to 192 A.D. He is often considered to have been one of the worst Roman Emperors, in the caliber of Nero and Caligula... For other uses, see number 180. ... Events The kingdom of Champa begins to control south and central Vietnam (approximate date). ... For information about the jazz-rock band of this name, see Colosseum (band). ... Pollice Verso, an 1872 painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, is a well known history painters researched conception of a gladiatorial combat. ... The terms Modern World, Modern Period, New World, Modern Times, Progressive Age, Modern Age, or Modern Era are recognized by historians as being that period of time commencing after the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, after the mid-18th century. ... The Elections and Parties Series Democracy Liberal democracy History of democracy Referenda Representative democracy Representation Voting Voting systems Elections Elections by country Elections by calender Electoral systems Politics Politics by country Political campaigns Political science Political philosophy Related topics Political parties Parties by country Parties by name Parties by ideology...


The quick death of Commodus and the supposed return of republicanism to Rome at the end of the film is entirely fictional. Indeed, many historians—beginning with Edward Gibbon—cite Marcus Aurelius' death as the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire. Republicanism is the view that a republic is the best form of government. ... Edward Gibbon. ... The Roman Empire is not the Holy Roman Empire (843-1806). ...

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The character of Maximus is entirely fictional, though he is similar in some respects to the historical figures of Narcissus (the character's name in the first draft of the screenplay), Spartacus who led a significant slave revolt, and Cincinnatus the saviour of Rome who wished nothing more than to return to his farm. File links The following pages link to this file: Gladiator (2000 movie) ... Narcissus was a Roman athlete and wrestler from the 2nd century AD. He was employed by emperor Commodus as his wrestling partner and personal trainer in order to train him for his appearances in Colloseum as a gladiator. ... Spartacus was a Roman slave who led a large slave uprising in what is now Italy, then the Italian Peninsula, in 73 - 71 BC. His army of escaped gladiators and slaves defeated several Roman legions in what is known as the Third Servile War, one of the three slave rebellions... With one hand he returns the fasces, symbol of power as appointed dictator of Rome. ...


Influences from film and literature

The film's plot is drawn principally from two archetypal 1960s films of Hollywood's sword and sandal genre, The Fall of the Roman Empire and Spartacus. ... D. W. Griffith set out to depict the splendor of ancient Babylon in Intolerance. ... The Fall of the Roman Empire is a 1964 film starring Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason, and Christopher Plummer. ... Spartacus is a 1960 film by Stanley Kubrick based on the historical novel of the same name by Howard Fast. ...


The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) tells the story of Livius, who, like Maximus in Gladiator, is Marcus Aurelius's protege and romantically linked with his daughter, Lucilla. Both films tell the story of Commodus' murder of Marcus Aurelius and seizure of power when he learns that the aged emperor is planning to appoint Livius/Maximus as his successor, and of Livius/Maximus' subsequent exile and quest to avenge Marcus Aurelius by the death of Commodus. 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla (March 7, 150–183) was the daughter of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and Faustina the Younger. ...


Spartacus (1960) provides the film's gladiatorial motif, as well as the character of Senator Gracchus, a fictitious senator (bearing the name of a pair of senators from the 2nd century BC) who in both films is an elder statesman of ancient Rome attempting to preserve the ancient rights of the Roman senate in the face of an ambitious autocratMarcus Licinius Crassus in Spartacus and Commodus in Gladiator. Interestingly, Gracchus was played in Spartacus by Charles Laughton, who played Claudius in the 1937 film I, Claudius, while he was played in Gladiator by Sir Derek Jacobi, who played Claudius in the 1975 BBC adaptation. Pollice Verso, an 1872 painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, is a well known history painters researched conception of a gladiatorial combat. ... (3rd century BC - 2nd century BC - 1st century BC - other centuries) (2nd millennium BC - 1st millennium BC - 1st millennium AD) Events BC 168 Battle of Pydna -- Macedonian phalanx defeated by Romans BC 148 Rome conquers Macedonia BC 146 Rome destroys Carthage in the Third Punic War BC 146 Rome conquers... Ancient Rome was a civilization that existed in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East between 753 BC and its downfall in AD 476. ... The Roman Senate (Latin, Senatus) was a deliberative body which was important in the government of both the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. ... An autocrat is generally speaking any ruler with absolute power; the term is now usually used in a negative sense (cf. ... Marcus Licinius Crassus Marcus Licinius Crassus Dives (Latin: M·LICINIVS·P·F·P·N·CRASSVS·DIVES¹) (c. ... Charles Laughton as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Charles Laughton (July 1, 1899 - December 15, 1962) was a British-born American stage and film actor. ... I, Claudius is a novel by Peter Graves, (ISBN 067972477X) first published in 1934, dealing sympathetically with the life of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the history of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Roman Empire, from Julius Caesars assassination in 44 BC to Caligulas assassination in 41 AD... Sir Derek George Jacobi KBE, (born October 22, 1938), is a British actor, knighted in 1994 for his services to the theatre. ...


Additionally, Maximus, Quintus and other characters, as well as the opening sequence of the film (set in Germany), are inspired by a work of extraordinary historical fiction by Wallace Breem, Eagle in the Snow (set some 200 years later). A historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, where the time the action takes place in predates the time of the first publication -- distinguish and contrast the genre of alternate history. ... Wallace Breem (1926–1990) was a British librarian and author, the Librarian and Keeper of Manuscripts of the Inner Temple Law Library at his death, but perhaps more widely known for his historical novels, including the classic Eagle in the Snow (1970). ... Eagle in the Snow is considered one of the definitive works of historical fiction in the English language. ...


The film's depiction of Commodus's entry into Rome borrows imagery from Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi propoganda film Triumph of the Will (1934), although Ridley Scott has pointed out that the iconography of Nazi rallies was of course inspired by the Roman Empire. Riefenstahl circa 1930 Berta Helene Amalie Leni Riefenstahl (August 22, 1902 - September 8, 2003) was a German actor, director and filmmaker widely noted for her aesthetics and advances in film technique. ... The term National Socialism has been used in self-description by a number of different political groups and ideologies, some of which have no connection with the Nazis; see National socialism. ... Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens in German) is a documentary of a propaganda event by the German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, documenting the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg. ... 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The making of the film

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Hans Zimmer in his studio
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Actor Oliver Reed died during the filming of Gladiator; as a result, a body double and digitally altered (at an estimated cost of $3 million) outtake footage of the actor were used in his absence. The film is dedicated to his memory. File links The following pages link to this file: Gladiator (2000 movie) ... File links The following pages link to this file: Gladiator (2000 movie) ... Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 – May 2, 1999) was an English actor known for his macho image on and off screen. ...


The sound track was composed by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard. Most of the film was shot in Morocco and Malta where a replica of the colloseum was built and Oliver Reed died during the filming. Hans Zimmer in his studio Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is a German composer, best known for composing movie soundtracks. ... Lisa Gerrard Lisa Gerrard is an Australian musician and singer who gained international renown as part of the music group duo Dead Can Dance with fellow Australian Brendan Perry. ...


Trivia

Contrary to rumor, Enya did not record any music for the soundtrack of this film. The song often attributed to her, and in fact much of the soundtrack, was composed and sung by Lisa Gerrard. Some of the battle music on the soundtrack interpolates variations on "Mars, the Bringer of War" from Gustav Holst's The Planets. Russell Crowe's line, "Are you not entertained?" was sampled at the beginning of Jay-Z's Black Album track "What More Can I Say". Enya won a Grammy for Best New Age Album, though she denies her music is of that genre. ... Lisa Gerrard Lisa Gerrard is an Australian musician and singer who gained international renown as part of the music group duo Dead Can Dance with fellow Australian Brendan Perry. ... The Planets (also known as The Planets Suite), opus 32, is an orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst. ... In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or element of a new recording. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... The Black Album was a 2003 hip hop music album by rapper Jay-Z. It is supposedly his last studio album and has generally been well received by the critics. ...


Mel Gibson was offered but turned down the part of Maximus. Crowe began shooting for Gladiator a few months after The Insider (1999) wrapped. He had gained upwards of 40 pounds (18 kg) for his Oscar-nominated role in that film and yet lost it all before production for Gladiator began. He claims he did nothing special other than normal work on his farm in Australia. Mel Gibson as William Wallace on Braveheart (1995) Mel Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-born Australian-reared actor, director and producer best known for acting in the Mad Max movie series, the Lethal Weapon series, Braveheart and directing the 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ. ...

The much-criticized CGI shot of Rome
The much-criticized CGI shot of Rome

Lou Ferrigno was originally cast as Tigris of Gaul but was replaced during production by Sven-Ole Thorsen, who had been lobbying hard for the part. Connie Nielsen found the 2000-year-old signet ring that she wears in the movie in an antique store. In the Colosseum scenes, only the bottom two decks are actually filled with people. The other thousands of people are computer animations. Image File history File links Scene of the movie Gladiator This file has been listed on Wikipedia:Possibly unfree images, because it is missing information on its source or copyright status. ... Image File history File links Scene of the movie Gladiator This file has been listed on Wikipedia:Possibly unfree images, because it is missing information on its source or copyright status. ... Lou Ferrigno in the 1978 Incredible Hulk episode, Married Lou Ferrigno (born Louis Jude Ferrigno November 9, 1951) is a bodybuilder and actor. ...


Among the chanting of the Germanic hordes at the beginning of the film are samples of the Zulu war chant from the film Zulu (1964). The wounds on Russell Crowe's face after the opening battle scene are real, caused when his horse startled and backed him into tree branches. The stitches in his cheek are clearly visible when Maximus is telling Commodus he intends to return home. Over the course of the gladiatorial scenes, he broke bones in his foot and his hip, and injured both bicep tendons. The Zulu are an African ethnic group of about 11 million people who live mainly in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. ...


In the Spanish dubbed version, Maximus says he is from Emerita Augusta (modern Mérida). The Spanish dubbers claimed that, "Trujillo doesn't combine the "qualities" to be cradle of the gladiator." Mérida is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. ...

"Smile for me now brother!"
"Smile for me now brother!"

Maximus' description of his home (specifically how the kitchen is arranged and smells in the morning and at night) was ad-libbed—it's a description of Crowe's own home in Australia. The yak helmet worn by the gladiator who was slain by Hagen is the same one worn by the warrior slain by Sean Connery in Time Bandits (1981). During filming, director Ridley Scott wore the red cap worn by Gene Hackman in the movie Crimson Tide (1995), which was directed by Ridley's brother, Tony Scott. File links The following pages link to this file: Gladiator (2000 movie) ... File links The following pages link to this file: Gladiator (2000 movie) ... Sean Connery Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland) better known simply as Sean Connery, is a Scottish film actor who has starred in many films and is best known as the original cinematic James Bond. ... Time Bandits (first released on July 13, 1981) is a fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam (who created animations for Monty Pythons Flying Circus), produced by George Harrisons Handmade Films. ... Gene Hackman Eugene Alden Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is an American actor. ... Crimson Tide can mean: Crimson Tide, a 1995 movie the sports teams of the University of Alabama the sports teams of Glencoe High School This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Tony Scott (born July 21, 1944) is a British film director. ...


Richard Harris, who plays Marcus Aurelius, was originally set to play Commodus in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) but left the film due to artistic differences with director Anthony Mann and was replaced by Christopher Plummer. The real-life Commodus was in fact the only Roman Emperor in history to fight as a gladiator in the arena. He did so several times, not just once. He was not killed in the arena but was strangled in his dressing room by an athlete named Narcissus. In the original drafts of the script, the name of the main character was not "Maximus", but "Narcissus". Anthony Mann (June 30, 1906 - April 29, 1967) was an American actor and film director. ... Christopher Plummer photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1959 Christopher Plummer (full name Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer, CC) (born Friday, December 13, 19291) is a Canadian theatrical, film and television actor. ... Narcissus may mean either: Narcissus in Greek mythology the narcissus flower and plant Narcissus, murderer of Roman emperor Commodus This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Writer David Franzoni started developing the story in the 1970s when he read "Those Who Are About To Die," a history of the Roman Games by Daniel P. Mannix; Franzoni later discussed the idea with Steven Spielberg during their work on Amistad (1997), saying that he envisioned Commodus as being something like Ted Turner in the way he combined politics and entertainment to establish a base of influence. Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio but raised in the suburbs of Haddonfield, New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona), is an American film director and producer whose films range from science fiction to historical drama to horror. ... La Amistad (Spanish: friendship) was a Spanish merchant ship on which a rebellion by the slaves it was carrying broke out in 1839 when the schooner was travelling along the coast of Cuba. ... Robert Edward Ted Turner III (born November 19, 1938) is an American media mogul and philanthropist. ...


Ridley Scott was persuaded to direct the film when DreamWorks head Walter F. Parkes and producer Douglas Wick presented him with a reproduction of the 1872 painting Pollice Verso ("Thumbs Down") by Jean-Leon Gerome, in which a gladiator stands over the opponent he has beaten. On visiting the real Colosseum, Scott remarked to production designer Arthur Max that it was "too small", so they designed an outsized "Rome of the imagination" that was inspired by English and French romantic painters, as well as Nazi architect Albert Speer. Other films include (as producer unless otherwise noted) The Ring Two (2005) Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) The Terminal (2004) Catch Me If You Can (2002) The Ring (2002) The Tuxedo (2002) Road to Perdition (2002) Men in Black II (2002) Minority Report (2002) The Time... 1872 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Jean-Léon Gérôme (May 11, 1824 - 1904) was a French painter who produced many works in a historical, Orientalist style. ... The Nazi party used a right-facing swastika as their symbol and the red and black colors were said to represent Blut und Boden (blood and soil). ... Architecture (in Greek αρχή = first and τέχνη = craftsmanship) is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. ... Albert Speer Albert Speer (March 19, 1905 – September 1, 1981) was born Berthold Konrad Hermann Albert Speer in Mannheim, Germany, the second of three sons. ...


Writer William Nicholson added the aspects of the film in which Maximus discusses the afterlife, seeking to make the character more accessible to audiences. David Franzoni chose not to note at the end of the film that Rome did not, in fact, become a republic again, because he thought most audiences would already know that.

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Among the changes necessitated by the death of Oliver Reed was the final scene, as it was supposed to have been Proximo who buried the figures in the sand of the Coliseum. Editor Pietro Scalia added the shot of Maximus moving through a wheat field to the beginning of the film; it had been filmed for the ending. File links The following pages link to this file: Gladiator (2000 movie) ... File links The following pages link to this file: Gladiator (2000 movie) ...


Maximus' Spanish heritage meshes interestingly with his choice of arms—as a General riding with the cavalry of the Felix Legion (in the opening battle), he wields a sword known as a spatha, popular among the continental tribes especially in Spain and southern Gaul. As a gladiator, he uses a sword similar to the spatha in appearance but shorter and broader. This weapon, known as the gladius Hispaniensis, was adopted by the Roman infantry after Julius Caesar's campaign in Spain. Roman infantry wore the gladius on the right side—this, facilitated by the short blade length, allowed the legionary to draw his weapon on the same side as his sword arm; cross-drawing would be hindered by the scutum (the large rectangular shield) while in formation. Map of Gaul circa 58 BC Gaul (from Latin Gallia, c. ... Gaius Julius Caesar (Latin: IMP·C·IVLIVS·CAESAR·DIVVS¹) (b. ... Scutum (Latin for shield) is a small constellation. ...


The version of the gladius Hispaniensis used in the arena during the film is accurate as depicted; it was often shorter than the military version.


Main cast

Maximus Decimus Meridius is the fictional character of ancient Rome who is the hero of the 2000 movie Gladiator. ... Russell Crowe Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is an Oscar-winning film actor born in Wellington, New Zealand. ... Commodus Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus (originally Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus) (August 31, 161–December 31, 192 A.D.) was a Roman Emperor who ruled from 180 to 192 A.D. He is often considered to have been one of the worst Roman Emperors, in the caliber of Nero and Caligula... Joaquin Phoenix in the Oscar-nominated role of Commodus Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (born October 28, 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico), also known as Leaf Phoenix, is an actor in the USA. He often plays supporting roles as characters plagued with self doubt. ... Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla (March 7, 150–183) was the daughter of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and Faustina the Younger. ... Connie Nielsen in Mission To Mars (2000) Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen is a Danish actress, born on July 3, 1965, in Copenhagen, Denmark. ... Marcus Aurelius Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (April 26, 121 – March 17, 180) was Roman Emperor from 161 to his death in 180. ... Richard Harris (October 1, 1930 - October 25, 2002) was an Irish actor. ... Proximo was a character in the movie Gladiator, played by the actor, Oliver Reed, who died during the production of the movie. ... Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 – May 2, 1999) was an English actor known for his macho image on and off screen. ... The Gracchi were a noble plebeian family of ancient Rome. ... Sir Derek George Jacobi KBE, (born October 22, 1938), is a British actor, knighted in 1994 for his services to the theatre. ... Djimon Gaston Hounsou (born April 24, 1964) is an African actor, dancer and fashion model, born in the West African country of Benin. ... Lucius Verus Verus is a disambiguation page linking to articles about more than one person of that name. ... Spencer Treat Clark, born 24th September 1987 in New York U.S, is a child actor who has starred in films such as Gladiator, Mystic River, and Unbreakable. ...

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Gladiator (2000 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1584 words)
Gladiator was a popular movie that appeared in 2000, directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix.
The protagonist of the movie is a Roman general turned gladiator named Maximus Decimus Meridius (played by Russell Crowe) whose family was killed on orders from the Emperor Commodus (played by Joaquin Phoenix), and is now eager to seek revenge.
The Roman emperors portrayed in the movie are Marcus Aurelius (played by Richard Harris), who ruled AD 161–180, and his son, the deranged Commodus, who ruled between 180–192, and scandalized Roman society by appearing in the Colosseum as a gladiator.
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