It has been four decades since chariots raced and swords flashed
across movie screens in epic dramas of a time long past. Now,
director Ridley Scott brings the glorious battles of the ancient
Roman arena back to the big screen in a sweeping story of courage
The great Roman General Maximus (Russell 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 Maximusí favor with the emperor, the heir to the throne,
Commodus (Joaquin 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.
Maximus has learned that the one power stronger than that of the
emperor is the will of the people, and he knows he can only attain
his revenge by becoming the greatest hero in all the empire.
DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures present "Gladiator."
Oscar nominee Russell Crowe ("The Insider") heads up an international
cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed,
Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou and Oscar‚ nominee Richard Harris
Academy Award -nominated director Ridley Scott ("Thelma & Louise")
directed "Gladiator" from a screenplay by David Franzoni, John
Logan and William Nicholson, from a story by Franzoni. The film
is produced by Douglas Wick, David Franzoni and Branko Lustig,
with Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald serving as executive