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Gladiator (2000)

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Coming Out at 4 May 2000 in theaters

Action, Adventure, Drama

Gladiator is epic historical action drama film directed by Ridley Scott and written by David Franzoni, John Logan, and William Nicholson. The film was co-produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures. It stars Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed (in his final role), Djimon Hounsou, Derek Jacobi, John Shrapnel and Richard Harris. Crowe portrays Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius, who is betrayed when Commodus, the ambitious son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, murders his father and seizes the throne. Reduced to slavery, Maximus becomes a gladiator and rises through the ranks of the arena to avenge the murders of his family and his emperor.

Inspired by Daniel P. Mannix’s 1958 book Those About to Die (formerly titled The Way of the Gladiator), the film’s script, initially written by Franzoni, was acquired by DreamWorks and Ridley Scott signed on to direct the film. Principal photography began in January 1999, before the script was completed, and wrapped up in May of that year, with the scenes of Ancient Rome shot over a period of nineteen weeks in Fort Ricasoli, Malta. The film’s computer-generated imagery effects were created by British post-production company The Mill, who also created a digital body double for the remaining scenes involving Reed’s character Proximo due to Reed dying of a heart attack during production.

Gladiator premiered in Los Angeles on May 1, 2000, and was released theatrically in the United States on May 5 and in the United Kingdom on May 11. The film received generally favorable reviews from critics, with praise for the acting (particularly Crowe’s and Phoenix’s performances), Scott’s direction, visuals, screenplay, action sequences, musical score and the production values. It was a box office success, grossing $187.7 million in the United States and grossed $457 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2000. The film won multiple awards, including five Academy Awards at the 73rd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor for Crowe, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects. It also received four BAFTA Awards at the 54th British Academy Film Awards for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Editing. Since its release, Gladiator has also been credited with reinventing the swords ‘n’ sandals genre and rekindling interest in entertainment centered around ancient Greek and ancient Roman culture.

Director: Ridley Scott

Writers: David Franzoni, David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson

Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou

Cast:

Russell CroweMaximus
Joaquin PhoenixCommodus
Connie NielsenLucilla
Oliver ReedProximo
Richard HarrisMarcus Aurelius
Derek JacobiGracchus
Djimon HounsouJuba
David SchofieldFalco
John ShrapnelGaius
Tomas AranaQuintus
Ralf MoellerHagen
Spencer Treat ClarkLucius
David HemmingsCassius
Tommy FlanaganCicero
Sven-Ole ThorsenTigris
Omid DjaliliSlave Trader
Nicholas McGaugheyPraetorian Officer
Chris KellScribe
Tony CurranAssassin #1
Mark LewisAssassin #2
John QuinnValerius
Alun RaglanPraetorian Guard #1
David BailieEngineer
Chick AllanGerman Leader
David J. NichollsGiant Man
Al AshtonRome Trainer #1
Billy DowdNarrator
Ray CallejaLucius’ Attendant
Giannina FacioMaximus’ Wife
Giorgio CantariniMaximus’ Son
Allan CordunerTrainer 1
Michael MellingerTrainer 2
Said AmelProximo’s Man
Adam LevyOfficer 1
Gilly GilchristOfficer 2
Paul BatemanGermanic Swordsman
Nick BeardshawRoman Dignitary
Michael DickinsGermanic Soldier
Malcolm EllulCenturion
James FiddyRoman Soldier
Peter Francis-WemyssBarbarian Chieftain
Ruth FrendoRoman Girl – scene with Maximus
Kjeld Gogosha-ClarkCGI Motion Capture Gladiator
Earl HundtCity of Rome
Mehdi KashaniRoman Soldier
Tom KayRoman Soldier
Phil LowesRider
Nic MainRoman Soldier
Ray MangionCenturion
Antonio MeitinBattlefield Medic
João Costa MenezesRoman Soldier
Mike MitchellFighter
Arnold MonteyRoman Soldier
Antone PagánFighter
Norman Campbell ReesSedan Chair Carrier
Neil RocheRoman Soldier
Paul SacksCatapult Commander Shouts ‘Loose’
Steve SaundersGerman Barbarian
Christopher SayRoman Soldier
Christian SimpsonChief Catapult Operator
Brian SmyjColiseum Gladiator
Richard StrideSwordsman
Tony TomlinsonExtra
Michael YaleCitizen of Rome

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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