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In the final days of Marcus Aurelius' reign, the aging emperor arouses his son Commodus' anger when he makes known his wish that Maximus be his successor. Power-hungry Commodus kills his father and orders the death of Maximus. But the latter flees and hides his identity by becoming slave and a gladiator. Eventually, Maximus journeys back to Rome to confront his archrival.
- Russell Crowe
- Joaquin Phoenix
- Connie Nielsen
- Oliver Reed
- Richard Harris
- Derek Jacobi
- Djimon Hounsou
- David Schofield
- John Shrapnel
- Tomas Arana
Did You Know?
- Jennifer Lopez auditioned for the role of Lucilla.
- After the fight against Commodus, a piece of sky appears where the Colosseum's upper tiers should be.
- [Maximus looks at images of his wife and son]
- Juba: Can they hear you?
- Maximus: Who?
- Juba: Your family. In the afterlife.
- Maximus: Oh yes.
- Juba: What do you say to them?
- Maximus: To my son - I tell him I will see him again soon. To keep his heels down while riding his horse. To my wife... that is not your business.
Atom User Reviews
Combining a seething physicality with enough weary nobility and tightly checked rage for a dozen wronged heroes, (Crowe) provides the movie's vital center of gravity without looming over his co-stars.
It's a stunning Roman triumph.
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