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At Theaters: 5/5/2000 On Video: 11/21/2000
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 30 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 179904
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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Once a great Roman General, Maximus has been forced into exile and slavery by Commodus the jealous heir to the throne. Trained as a gladiator, Maximus returns to Rome, intent on avenging the murder of his family by killing Commodus, now Emperor. The one power stronger than that of the Emperor is the will of the people, and Maximus knows he can only attain his revenge by becoming the greatest hero in all the Empire.
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Action Drama - Gladiator is an action adventure set during the Roman Empire. Fans of epic adventures will enjoy the grand scale battles and incredible digital effects re-creations of ancient Rome; others will be attracted to the heroic story. Those who dislike intense violence may be disturbed by the graphic gore in the battle sequences.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Russell Crowe THE INSIDER, MYSTERY ALASKA, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
Joaquin Phoenix THE YARDS, 8MM, RETURN TO PARADISE
Connie Nielsen MISSION TO MARS
Oliver Reed Richard Lester's THE THREE MUSKETEERS
Director: Ridley Scott ALIEN, THELMA & LOUISE, BLADE RUNNER
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Production Notes Heading
Introduction
About The Production
About The Stunts
The Costumes
Locations
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PROFANITY: Mild and extremely infrequent
SEX/NUDITY: No explicit nudity/sexuality; sexual dialogue
VIOLENCE: Battlefield and gladitorial contest blood and gore
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Drinking of wine
ACTION: Several battle scenes
COMEDY: Some humorous dialogue
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Excellent
I shouldn't diminish Gladiator by tossing out so banal a word as "entertaining" -- but it is. I shouldn't succumb to the temptation to describe it with ad-copy buzzwords like "spectacular!" or "dazzling!" or "epic!" -- but it is. Movies just don't get much more fundamentally satisfying on so many levels -- simple without being simplistic, grand in scope without losing track of its basic appeal.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 213 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
26
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
14
High
93%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
35
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
26
High
96%
30+Adults (M)
60
High
98%
30+Adults (F)
52
High
92%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 Maximus' 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.

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