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Release Date: May 5th, 2000

DVD Release Date: November 21st, 2000

R|2 hr 34 min

Plot Summary
Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) takes power and strips rank from Maximus (Russell Crowe), one of the favored generals of his predecessor and father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the great stoical philosopher. Maximus is then relegated to fighting to the death in the gladiator arenas.

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

Director: Ridley Scott

Genres: Adventure, Historical drama

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Dreamworks Pictures

Distributors: Universal Pictures, DreamWorks SKG

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  • The whole enterprise rests on Mr. Crowe's armor-clad shoulders, and he carries it remarkably well. show more

  • Emphasizing brawn over brain and spectacle over intimacy, Ridley Scott's Gladiator nevertheless is an impressive accomplishment in its re-creation not only of the golden age of the Roman Empire but of the unspeakable brutality with which one of the world's greatest states conducted its business. show more

  • It's a stunning Roman triumph.

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