Gladiator (2000) – 9/10 classic Roman epic action drama movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer (Screenplay): David Franzoni
Writer (Screenplay): John Logan
Writer (Screenplay): William Nicholson
Writer (Story): David Franzoni
Producer: Douglas Wick
Producer: David Franzoni
Producer: Branko Lustig
Russell Crowe: Maximus
Joaquin Phoenix: Commodus
Connie Nielsen: Lucilla
Oliver Reed: Proximo
Derek Jacobi: Gracchus
Djimon Hounsou: Juba
Richard Harris: Marcus Aurelius

Gladiator (2000)

Escaping the fate that befalls his wife and son as ordered by newly appointed power-crazed emperor Commodus, noble general Maximus finds himself sold into slavery and, therefore, into the gladiatorial arena. He soon becomes a legendary warrior in the arena and, when the emperor calls his best gladiators to the Coliseum in Rome as a political popularity stunt, a date with destiny is inevitable.


A great film by a great film-maker. Not deep, not meaningful, just great. As Russell Crowe exclaims: “Are you not entertained? Isn’t this what you want?” Yes. He’s terrific in his breakout superstar role as is Joaquin Phoenix, Ridley puts it together beautifully and it looks amazing, the writing has a feeling of intelligence behind it and Hans Zimmer’s wonderful score changed the way epics sound.

This movie contains graphic and extreme violence and mild sensuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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