Dir: Ridley Scott. 2000. Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix. English. Action

A modernized take on the sort of old Hollywood ancient Roman epic that updates the sword and sandal genre with plenty of ass kicking spectacle and a powerful central performance from Russell Crowe as a Roman general who seeks vengeance after losing his family at the hands of a corrupt prince and is forced to fight as a gladiator in Rome’s coliseum. The film’s populist hero and themes went over big with audiences turning Crowe into a mega star in the process.


Gladiator won 5 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor (Russell Crowe). It was nominated for 7 additional Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and Best Director.

Posted by:
Jed Leland
Nov 5, 2008 7:55pm
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