EXT. FOREST - DAY
Winter 180 A.D.
beautiful tenor voice. Singing. A boy's voice.
are with him. His youngest son sits on one of the cows
road. They stand-still, eyes down: the familiar posture
His eyes burn with hatred.
INT. WAGON - DAY
The man is in his 20's, imperious and handsome. He is
swathed in fur, only his face exposed. He is COMMODUS.
He glances up.
slightly older, beautiful and patrician. A formidable
She is LUCILLA.
He's been dying for ten years.
How do you know that?
I've been so informed.
She arches an eyebrow.
wouldn't have sent for us.
Maybe he just misses us.
And the Senators. He wouldn't have
summoned them if --
hurting my head.
Commodus leaps out...
Why have we stopped?
PRAETORIAN GUARD MEMBER
We're here, sir.
(to Soldier #1)
Where is my father?
He's at the front, sir.
Is the battle won?
Don't know, sir. They've been gone
for eight days.
(to Soldier #1)
(to Soldier #2)
Take me to my father.
remaining soldiers. Distinctly unpromising.
Civilization at last. Gods preserve
EXT. HILL - TWILIGHT
intense man in his 30's. Like all the soldiers who
surround him, he is caked with mud and exhausted.
You would do as well to read the
mind of a rhinoceros.
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.
Actors: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed
Production: Dreamworks Distribution LLC
Won 5 Oscars. Another 53 wins & 101 nominations.
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