Gladiator script
Gladiator (2000)
Synopsis: Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) takes power and strips rank from Maximus (Russell Crowe), one of the favored generals of his predecessor and father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the great stoical philosopher. Maximus is then relegated to fighting to the death in the gladiator arenas.

TITUS:

You would do as well to read the

mind of a rhinoceros.

QUINTUS:

These barbarians would rather drown

in blood than yield an inch. If I

didn't hate them so much I would

admire them.

They have reached the top of the hill. Stunning martial

preparations are underway. The catapults join ten others.

Archers are taking up position. Brutal "Scorpions" --

devices for firing multiple crossbow bolts -- are being

loaded. Soldiers are also loading the catapults with

enormous "Greek fire pots" -- large, round terra cotta

pots.

Maximus and his lieutenants gaze down from the hilltop.

Below them they can see a German encampment.

TITUS:

They simply will not surrender.

A beat as Maximus gazes down at the German position.

MAXIMUS:

(quietly)

A people should know when they are

conquered.

A beat.

MAXIMUS:

At the first signal release the

catapults. We'll use the cavalry to

cut off the retreat.

QUINTUS:

General, I don't recommend that.

Our cavalry might be caught in the

flames.

MAXIMUS:

I hope not, because I'm going to be

leading them.

A beat as he gazes down at the enemy.

MAXIMUS:

Why don't they know they're already

dead?

EXT. TREES - TWILIGHT

Maximus and Titus are on their horses, the cavalry of two

hundred Felix Regiment warriors surrounds them. Steam

flares from their horses' nostrils. They wait in a thick

stand of trees -- the German position can be seen across a

muddy plain.

A large wolf -- "The Wolf of Rome" -- waits at Maximus'

side.

Maximus nods to an archer. The archer lights the tip of

an arrow and sends it flaming into the night sky.

EXT. HILLTOP - TWILIGHT

Quintus waits. The catapults are loaded and waiting. So

too the Scorpions. So too the 200 archers of the Felix

Regiment.

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David Franzoni

David Harold Franzoni (born March 4, 1947) is an American screenwriter and producer. His best-known screenplays include King Arthur, Gladiator (which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), Amistad, and Jumpin' Jack Flash. more…

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