• R
  • 2000
  • 155 min
  • USA, UK
  • action, adventure, drama

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

Screenwriters: David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson

Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

Won 2001 Golden Globes Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama

Ridley Scott and an excellent cast successfully convey the intensity of Roman gladitorial combat as well as the political intrigue brewing beneath.


  • Ridley Scott
    Ridley Scott

    Scott was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, the son of Elizabeth and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. He was raised in an Army family, meaning that for most of his early life, his father — an officer in the Royal Engineers — was absent. Ridley's older brother, Frank, joined the Merchant Navy when he was still young and the pair had little contact. During this time the...

Main Cast


Producer: David Franzoni, Branko Lustig, Douglas Wick

Editor: Pietro Scalia

Casting: Louis DiGiaimo, Mustapha Charif, Kathleen Mackie

Director Of Photography: John Mathieson

Original Music Composer: Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard

Costume Design: Janty Yates

Executive Producer: Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Ridley Scott

Associate Producer: Terry Needham

Production Design: Arthur Max


Tagline: A Hero Will Rise.

Genres: action, adventure, drama

Certificate: R

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


Year: 2000

Runtime: 155 min

Country: USA, UK

Language: English

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1


  • Joe Morgenstern (Wall Street Journal)

    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 ...

  • Manohla Dargis (L.A. Weekly)

    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.

  • Colin Covert (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

    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 ...

  • Michael Wilmington (Chicago Tribune)

    The most visually spectacular of all Roman Empire epics.

  • David Denby (New Yorker)

    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.