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Running time
150 min.
United States United States
David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson
Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard
John Mathieson
Co-production United States-United Kingdom;
Universal Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Scott Free Productions, Mill Film, C&L, Red Wagon Productions, Dawliz
Action. Adventure. Drama | Roman Empire. Slavery. Revenge. Epic film
Synopsis / Plot
Maximus (Crowe) is a brave and loyal military general to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Harris). His loyalty does not go unnoticed as the Emperor makes preparations for Maximus to succeed him after his death. But when the Emperor's son, Commodus (Phoenix) finds out, he kills his father and orders the death of Maximus. While he escapes, his wife and son are brutally murdered. He then ends up a slave in North Africa and is sold to become a gladiator. Trained by Proximo (Reed), a former gladiator himself, Maximus wins every battle and soon finds himself sent to Rome to take part in the Gladitorial Games. It is here that he plans to plot his vengeance and gain his freedom. While all this is going on, his past lover, the Emperor's daughter (Nielsen) works to restore democratic rule with the help of a civil-minded senator (Jacobi).
2000: 5 Academy Awards: Movie, Actor (Crowe), C. Design, Sound, V. Effects. 12 Nom.
2000: 2 Golden Globes: Best Drama Movie and OST. 5 Nominations, incl. Director.
2000: 4 BAFTA Awards: Best Film, Cinemat., Editing, Prod. Design. 14 Nom.
2000: 2 National Board of Review Awards: Best production design, Supp. Actor
2000: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 Movies of the Year
2000: 6 Critics' Choice Awards, including Best Picture, Actor, Supp. Actor, Cinemat.
2000: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best Film
2000: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
2000: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): 3 Nominations, incl. Best Performance by Cast
2000: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nom. for Best Cinematography & Original Score
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