Gladiator (2000 film)
Gladiator is a 2000 epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott. It stars Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Jacobi, John Shrapnel, and Richard Harris. The film was a box office success, grossing USD 187. 7 million in the United States and grossed USD 457 million worldwide. It won multiple awards, including five Academy Awards at the 73rd Academy Awards.
About Gladiator (2000 film) in brief
Gladiator is a 2000 epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott. It stars Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Jacobi, John Shrapnel, and Richard Harris. The film was a box office success, grossing USD 187. 7 million in the United States and grossed USD 457 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2000. It won multiple awards, including five Academy Awards at the 73rd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects. Since its release, Gladiator has also been credited with reinventing the swords and sandals genre and rekindling interest in entertainment centered around ancient Greek and ancient Roman culture such as the television series Rome. In AD 180, Hispano-Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius intends to return to his home after he leads the Roman army to victory against the Germanic tribes near Vindobona on the Limes Germanicus. He is betrayed by Commodus, the ambitious son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who murders his father and seizes the throne. Maximus becomes a gladiator and rises through the ranks of the arena to avenge the murders of his family and his emperor. Commodus organizes 150 days of games to fight Rome’s Colosseum Disguise in a re-enactment of the Battle of Zama, in which Maximus leads his side to victory and Commodus leads the crowd to victory.
He then reveals himself as the leader of the gladiators, and declares himself and his name to the crowd as Commodus is compelled to let Maximus live. The movie premiered in Los Angeles on May 1, 2000, and was released theatrically in the U.S. on May 5 and in the UK on May 11. It received generally favorable reviews from critics, with praise for the acting, Scott’s direction, visuals, screenplay, action sequences, musical score and the production values. It also received four BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Editing. It was co-produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures. The scenes of Ancient Rome were shot over a period of nineteen weeks in Fort Ricasoli, Malta, with the scenes of Rome shot in May of that year, and wrapped up in May 1999. It is based on Daniel P. Mannix’s 1958 book Those About to Die. The script, initially written by Franzoni, was acquired byDreamWorks and Ridley Scott signed on to direct the film. The final version of the film was written by David Franzoni and John Logan, and written by John Logan and William Nicholson. In the film, Maximus is a Roman general who is betrayed when Commodus murder his father, and asks Maximus to succeed him, as regent, to help save Rome from corruption and restore the Roman Republic.