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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)
Did you know?
Maximus's companion is his pet wolf, played in the film by a German Shepherd. The production was unable to use real wolves because England's strict anti-rabies laws prevented them from importing any of the animals. The same dog also played Wellard in the BBC soap EastEnders (1985).
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After finishing his college education, David Franzoni spent a year traveling around the world. During his adventures he would run into networks of international travelers who would get together and trade books that they had read on the road. This is how he came across the book "Those Who Are About to Die" by Daniel P. Mannix.
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Temperatures in the gladiator arena would frequently top 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Near the end of the movie, when Commodus and Maximus are struggling for the knife, it bends when both of them grip it, indicating that it's rubber.
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When Lucilla shuts Maximus' eyes after he dies, his eyes flicker before they are touched. This could be a death throe, or even a post-mortem muscle spasm.
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During the execution of the two soldiers by archers, one of the archers on the right has no idea how to properly draw a bow and the arrow slips off his hands.
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Maximus: Roma Ignis
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Commodus: And now they love Maximus for his mercy. So I can't just kill him, or it makes me even more unmerciful! The whole thing's like some crazed nightmare.
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Commodus: I think I understand my own people.
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How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Gladiator can be found here.
Which scenes used CGI to replace Oliver Reed?
Most notable is his next-to-final scene when he gives the keys to Maximus. You can tell that he was digitally removed from another scene because the focus doesn't change on anything, even though he is moving closer, the lighting is different enough to stand out, and all his new lines are said by an impersonator(added later) while Proximo is off screen. Also, his final line, when he is looking up and says "shadows and dust." right before the soldiers stab him, it's taken from the earlier scene where Maximus argued with him about the vision of Rome and Proximo shouted "We mortals are but shadows and dust! Shadows and dust Maximus!" Look in the background during his last line and it is clearly from the arena barracks.
What are the differences between the Theatrical version and the Extended Cut?
Several years after its initial release an Extended Cut got published on DVD (and later on Blu-Ray) that runs approx. 16 minutes longer than the more familiar theatrical version. All of the scenes that were restored for this version had previously been included as deleted scenes on previous DVD releases. The restored scenes are mainly character moments, though some deserve singling out, e.g., (1) Proximo tells Maximus to be "entertaining" before his first fight as a Gladiator. This gives context to Maximus shouting the question "Were you not entertained?!" and throwing his sword into the balcony after his victory; (2) Lucilla is seen secretly meeting with the senators, Graccus and Gaius, for the first time, much earlier in the narrative than in the theatrical cut of the film. This indicates far earlier her unhappiness with Commodus' rule, even stating her brother has to die; and (3) There are the various scenes featuring Maximus' former ally, Quintus, being forced to follow Commodus' orders, leading to the soldier eventually betraying his Emperor. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.
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Photos from cast
Connie Nielsen Oliver Reed Giannina Facio Tommy Flanagan
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