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155 min | 171 min (Extended Edition)
Action | Drama
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Ridley Scott
Won 5 Oscars. Another 53 wins & 85 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2000-05-05
Filming Locations: Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
Budget: $103,000,000
Opening Weekend: $34,819,017 (USA) (7 May 2000)
Gross: $187,705,427 (USA) (27 April 2013)
Connie Nielsen
Connie Nielsen
Oliver Reed
Oliver Reed
Tommy Flanagan
Tommy Flanagan
Russell Crowe
Joaquin Phoenix
Richard Harris
Marcus Aurelius
Derek Jacobi
Djimon Hounsou
David Schofield
John Shrapnel
Tomas Arana
Ralf Moeller
Spencer Treat Clark
David Hemmings
Sven-Ole Thorsen
Omid Djalili
Slave Trader
Nicholas McGaughey
Praetorian Officer
Chris Kell
Tony Curran
Assassin #1
Mark Lewis
Assassin #2
John Quinn
Alun Raglan
Praetorian Guard #1
David Bailie
Chick Allan
German Leader (as Chick Allen)
David Nicholls
Giant Man (as Dave Nicholls)
Al Ashton
Rome Trainer #1 (as Al Hunter Ashton)
Billy Dowd
Ray Calleja
Lucius' Attendant
Giorgio Cantarini
Maximus' Son
Allan Corduner
Trainer 1 (extended edition) (as Alan Corduner)
Michael Mellinger
Trainer 2 (extended edition)
Said Amel
Proximo's Man (extended edition)
Adam Levy
Officer 1 (extended edition)
Gilly Gilchrist
Officer 2 (extended edition)
Malcolm Ellul
Centurion (uncredited)
James Fiddy
Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Ruth Frendo
Roman Girl - scene with Maximus (uncredited)
Kjeld Gogosha-Clark
CGI Motion Capture Gladiator
Mehdi Kashani
Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Tom Kay
Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Phil Lowes
Rider (uncredited)
Nic Main
Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Antonio Meitin
Battlefield Medic (uncredited)
João Costa Menezes
Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Mike Mitchell
Fighter (uncredited)
Norman Campbell Rees
Sedan Chair Carrier (uncredited)
Neil Roche
Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Paul Sacks
Catapult Commander Shouts 'Loose' (uncredited)
Steve Saunders
German Barbarian (uncredited)
Christian Simpson
Chief Catapult Operator (uncredited)
Brian Smyj
Coliseum Gladiator (uncredited)
Tony Tomlinson
Extra (uncredited)
Michael Yale
Citizen of Rome (uncredited)
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In the Spanish dubbed version Maximus says he is from Emerita Augusta (now called Mérida). The Spanish dubbers claimed that "Trujillo doesn't combine the 'qualities' to be cradle of the gladiator."
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The production company offered the Roman sets to the Maltese authorities as the basis of a theme park but the authorities dithered in their reply so most of the set was struck.
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For the crowd scenes in the Colosseum, in addition to the real life extras and the digital ones, 400 cardboard cut-outs of spectators were also used.
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The opening battle is wildly inaccurate. The Roman legions were trained to fight as a regimented force, and to maintain formation for mutual support. In the film, the formation collapses instantly upon contact with the enemy; in addition to being inaccurate, this would have almost certainly led to a Roman defeat, as, on a solo basis, the barbarians were by far the better warriors. Further, the Roman legions used spears called pila. Doctrine called for them to be thrown while the enemy closed. The Romans would then draw their swords and fight, while remaining in formation. Though the Romans are shown holding their pila in the opening scenes, they are never used against the barbarians, and we see no pila-riddled shields and/or corpses in the background.
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When Maximus stabs Commodus in the neck, the blood pearl on Commodus' right cheek appears and disappears between shots.
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When Marcus Aurelius asks Maximus to tell him about his home, he says the soil is "black, like my wife's hair". When we see her later, Maximus' wife is a brunette.
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Juba: I didn't know men could build such things.
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Maximus: Five thousand of my men are out there in the freezing mud. Three thousand of them are bloodied and cleaved. Two thousand will never leave this place. I will not believe that they fought and died for nothing.
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Commodus: It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed.
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Why are Juba and Maximus marked with red and yellow paint on their chests when fighting Hagen?
They're going though a semi-audition to find out if they'll make good or great gladiators. When Juba fights with Hagen (using wooden swords), he fights pretty fiercely and receives a red mark on this tunic on orders from Proximo himself. Proximo seems to be the the sole judge of the candidates. He sees that Juba has a fighter's spirit & it puts him at the top of the running. Maximus blatantly refuses to fight and receives a yellow mark that puts him somewhere in the middle of the candidates, however Proximo probably senses that Maximus will one day become a great gladiator. He does, primarily because of his need for revenge.
Why did the slave trader suddenly say he'd bought Juba "in a salt mine in Carthage"?
Juba had said he was a hunter. The slave trader probably didn't want Proximo to buy Juba because he could have been sold at a higher price elsewhere to a different customer. However, Proximo saw right through the ruse knowing that Juba would make a great gladiator -- not even the slave trader could hide Juba's muscular physique.
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Photos from cast
Connie Nielsen Oliver Reed Giannina Facio Tommy Flanagan