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.
Director(s): Rowdy Herrington
Production: Dreamworks Distribution LLC
  Won 5 Oscars. Another 53 wins & 101 nominations.
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155 min

Maximus spins his horse and swings his sword with expert

efficiency -- a spear stabs through the neck of his horse

and it immediately collapses forward --

Maximus sails over the horse's head and crashes to the

muddy ground -- he jumps up and is in the midst of the

battle --

The flaming arrows and exploding fire pots create a

ferocious inferno everywhere around the battle -- the

flames silhouetting the fighting --

On the ground, Maximus proves his absolute worth as a

warrior -- he hacks and dodges -- ghastly images of true

ancient warfare -- Maximus' eyes burn with a zealous fire

as he fights for his life --

He finds he is momentarily at a terrible disadvantage --

Germans are surrounding him from all sides -- as he fights

he looks for an advantage -- for his soldiers -- for

anything -- he is doomed --

Then -- an almost mystical image -- Maximus' wolf leaps

through a wall of flame --

"The Wolf of Rome" savages several Germans around Maximus

-- giving him the help he needed.

The wolf and his master fight, side-by-side.


We see an old man's face, staring down at the battle. The

face is weather-beaten, ailing. The roaring flames from

the battlefield below flicker in his sad eyes.

MARCUS AURELIUS, the Emperor of Rome, is on a horse. A

metal brace extends from the back of his saddle. He is

strapped to the brace with thick, leather straps.

He watches as the Felix Regiment below concludes the

battle. The cheering of the Regiment can be heard as the

final, isolated pockets of Germans are cut down.

Behind Marcus the sun is setting, painting the world blood



Maximus, bloody and spent, walks through the aftermath of

the carnage. The Wolf of Rome is at his side. Dead and

dying by the hundreds are scattered everywhere. Roman

surgeons are attending to the wounded.

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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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