Gladiator (2000)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Russell Crowe Maximus
Joaquin Phoenix Commodus
Connie Nielsen Lucilla
Oliver Reed Proximo
Richard Harris Marcus Aurelius
Derek Jacobi Senator Gracchus
Djimon Hounsou Juba
David Schofield Senator Falco
John Shrapnel Senator Gaius
Tomas Arana Quintus
Ralf Moeller Vibius
Spencer Treat Clark Lucius
David Hemmings Cassius
Tommy Flanagan Cicero
Sven-Ole Thorsen Tigris
Omid Djalili Slave Trader
Nicholas McGaughey Praetorian Officer
Chris Kell Scribe
Tony Curran Assassin #1
Mark Lewis Assassin #2
John Quinn Valerius
Alun Raglan Praetorian Guard #1
David Bailie Engineer
Chick Allen German Leader
David Nicholls Giant Man (as Dave Nicholls)
Al Ashton Rome Trainer #1 (as Al Hunter Ashton)
Billy Dowd Narrator
Ray Calleja Lucius' Attendant
Giannina Facio Maximus' Wife
Giorgio Cantarini Maximus' Son
Christian Simpson Chief Catapult Operator (uncredited)
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Action
Director Ridley Scott
Producer David Franzoni; Branko Lustig; Douglas Wick; John Logan; William Nicholson
Writer David Franzoni; John Logan; William Nicholson
Studio DreamWorks Home Ent.
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 155 mins
Country UK
Color Color
Plot
A big-budget summer epic with money to burn and a scale worthy of its golden Hollywood predecessors, Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a rousing, grisly, action-packed epic that takes moviemaking back to the Roman Empire via computer-generated visual effects. While not as fluid as the computer work done for, say, Titanic, it's an impressive achievement that will leave you marveling at the glory that was Rome, when you're not marveling at the glory that is Russell Crowe. Starring as the heroic general Maximus, Crowe firmly cements his star status both in terms of screen presence and acting chops, carrying the film on his decidedly non-computer-generated shoulders as he goes from brave general to wounded fugitive to stoic slave to gladiator hero. Gladiator's plot is a whirlwind of faux-Shakespearean machinations of death, betrayal, power plays, and secret identities (with lots of faux-Shakespearean dialogue ladled on to keep the proceedings appropriately "classical"), but it's all briskly shot, edited, and paced with a contemporary sensibility. Even the action scenes, somewhat muted but graphic in terms of implied violence and liberal bloodletting, are shot with a veracity that brings to mind--believe it or not--Saving Private Ryan, even if everyone is wearing a toga. As Crowe's nemesis, the evil emperor Commodus, Joaquin Phoenix chews scenery with authority, whether he's damning Maximus's popularity with the Roman mobs or lusting after his sister Lucilla (beautiful but distant Connie Nielsen); Oliver Reed, in his last role, hits the perfect notes of camp and gravitas as the slave owner who rescues Maximus from death and turns him into a coliseum star. Director Scott's visual flair is abundantly in evidence, with breathtaking shots and beautiful (albeit digital) landscapes, but it's Crowe's star power that will keep you in thrall--he's a true gladiator, worthy of his legendary status. Hail the conquering hero! --Mark Englehart
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 77
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 667068720426
Chapters 28
Release Date 2000
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
ENGLISH: DTS ES 6.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned DTS Surround Sound Widescreen Dolby
Links
Internet Movie Database