When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
Director: Ridley Scott
Won 2001 BAFTA Award for Best Film
Ridley Scott and an excellent cast successfully convey the intensity of Roman gladitorial combat as well as the political intrigue brewing beneath.
Crowe doesn't use tricks in this role to court our approval. He earns it the old-fashioned way, by daring to be quiet, if not silent, and intensely, implacably strong. | Full Review...
Gladiator is filled with brilliant filmmaking and features outstanding performances, but it's neither profound enough nor pop enough to be great -- it's mournful, serious, beautiful and, finally, pointless.
Gladiator is a triumph. On the surface, it's a terrific yarn with strong, rounded characters, agonizing suspense and visceral thrills. Look closer and you'll find rich historical themes, and a harrowing critique of violence as amusement. | Full Review...
The most visually spectacular of all Roman Empire epics.
Ridley Scott thrusts us so close to the combat that all we see is a lot of whirling and thrashing, a sword thrust here and there, a spurt of blood, a limb severed. There's hardly a scene that is cleanly and coherently staged in open space.
Tagline: A Hero Will Rise.
Genres: action, adventure, drama
Categories: roman empire, slavery, combat, emperor, revenge, arena, legion, ancient rome, betrayal, crucifixion, senator, warrior, army commander, slave trade, caesar, general, self sacrifice, murder of son, archery
Editor: Pietro Scalia
Director of photography: John Mathieson
Costume design: Janty Yates
Associate producer: Terry Needham
Production design: Arthur Max
Runtime: 155 min
Country: USA, UK
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1