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.

He sees the flaming arrow flying up from below.

QUINTUS:

Now!

The mighty catapults are released. The Greek fire pots

arc dramatically through the air. A moment later soldiers

release the Scorpions and hundreds of bolts streak through

the sky. The archers fire a murderous barrage of flaming

arrows.

EXT. TREES - TWILIGHT

The screaming is almost immediate.

Maximus and his cavalry watch as the fire pots crash down

into the German encampment.

EXT. GERMAN CAMP - TWILIGHT

The fire pots shatter -- pitch splashes everywhere --

seconds later the bolts and flaming arrows slice down and

ignite the pitch -- FLAME EXPLODES -- it is a hellish,

napalm-like vision -- the conflagration illuminating the

twilight.

The deadly rain of flaming arrows spreads terror through

the German camp --

EXT. TREES - TWILIGHT

Maximus watches the German camp.

MAXIMUS:

(to his men)

Hold steady... steady...

He can see the nightmare destruction of the encampment

continuing -- fire pots and Scorpion bolts and flaming

arrows -- panic in the German encampment.

MAXIMUS:

Steady...

He sees the Germans begin fleeing across the plain. He

quickly raises his sword and whispers a prayer, then turns

to his men:

MAXIMUS:

Brothers -- I salute you! For Rome!

He spurs his horse and races out of the trees to the

plain...

EXT. PLAIN - BATTLEGROUND - TWILIGHT

Maximus leads the terrifying and relentless cavalry charge

-- Titus at his side -- the Felix Regiment screams out

fearsome war cries as they gallop across the muddy plain

toward the Germans --

Fire pots and flaming arrows are crashing down everywhere

around them --

The cavalry SLAMS into the Germans at full gallop --

It is carnage.

The Felix Regiment warriors slash ruthlessly with short

swords -- slicing a path of sheer destruction through the

Germans -- but the Germans fight with equal brutality --

and the Germans also fight with the desperation of a

hopeless last chance -- they pull and spear Roman soldiers

off horses whenever they can --

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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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