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Gladiator (2000)

The general who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who defied an empire.

A man standing at the center of the image is wearing armor and is holding a sword in his right hand. In the background is the top of the Colosseum with a barely visible crowd standing in it. The poster includes the film's title, cast credits and release date. Gladiator

“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”

Gladiator is a 2000 epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott and written by David FranzoniJohn Logan, and William Nicholson. It stars Russell CroweJoaquin PhoenixConnie NielsenRalf MöllerOliver Reed (in his final role), Djimon HounsouDerek JacobiJohn Shrapnel, and Richard Harris. Crowe portrays Hispano-Romangeneral Maximus Decimus Meridius, who is betrayed when Commodus, the ambitious son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, murders his father and seizes the throne. Reduced to slavery, Maximus rises through the ranks of the gladiatorial arena to avenge the murders of his family and his emperor.

The film was released in the United States on May 5, 2000. The film received favorable reviews from critics and grossed $457 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2000. The film won multiple awards, including Best PictureBest Actor for Crowe and three other Oscars at the 73rd Academy Awards. It has also been credited with rekindling interest in entertainment centered around ancient Greek and Roman culture, such as the TV series Rome.

Cast

  • Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius: a Hispano-Roman legatus forced into becoming a slave who seeks revenge against Commodus. He has earned the favor of Marcus Aurelius, and the love and admiration of Lucilla prior to the events of the film. His home is near Trujillo in today’s Province of CáceresSpain. After the murder of his family he vows vengeance. Maximus is a fictional character partly inspired by Marcus Nonius MacrinusNarcissusCincinnatus, and Maximus of HispaniaMel Gibson was first offered the role, but declined as he felt he was too old to play the character. Antonio Banderas and Hugh Jackman were also considered.
  • Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus: The amoral, power-hungry, twisted son of Marcus Aurelius, he murders his father when he learns that Maximus will hold the emperor’s powers in trust until a new republic can be formed.
  • Connie Nielsen as Lucilla: Maximus’s former lover and the older child of Marcus Aurelius. Lucilla has been recently widowed. She resists her brother’s incestuous advances and hates him, while also having to be careful to protect her son, Lucius, from her brother’s corruption and wrath.
  • Oliver Reed as Antonius Proximo: An old, gruff gladiator trainer who buys Maximus in North Africa. A former gladiator himself, he was freed by Marcus Aurelius, and gives Maximus his own armor and eventually a chance at freedom, and becomes somewhat of a mentor to Maximus. This was Reed’s final film appearance, before he died during the filming. In the original film script, Proximo was supposed to live.
  • Derek Jacobi as Senator Gracchus: A member of the Roman Senate who opposes Commodus’s rule and an ally of Lucilla and Maximus.
  • Djimon Hounsou as Juba: A Numidian tribesman who was taken from his home and family by slave traders. He becomes Maximus’s closest ally and friend, and inspires Maximus to bring down Commodus for the greater good before he joins his family in the afterlife.
  • Richard Harris as Marcus Aurelius: The old and wise emperor of Rome who appoints Maximus, whom he loves as a son, to be his successor, with the ultimate aim of returning Rome to a republican form of government. He is murdered by his son Commodus before his wish can be fulfilled.
  • Ralf Möller as Hagen: A Germanic warrior and Proximo’s chief gladiator who later befriends Maximus and Juba during their battles in Rome.
  • Tommy Flanagan as Cicero, by his accent probably a native of Caledonia: Maximus’s loyal servant who provides liaison between the enslaved Maximus, his former legion based at Ostia, and Lucilla. He is used as bait for the escaping Maximus and eventually killed by the Praetorian Guard.
  • David Schofield as Senator Falco: A Patrician, a senator opposed to Gracchus. He helps Commodus to consolidate his power.
  • John Shrapnel as Senator Gaius: Another Roman senator allied with Gracchus, Lucilla, and Maximus against Commodus.
  • Tomas Arana as General Quintus: another Roman legatus, who served under and was a friend to Maximus. Made commander of the Praetorian Guard by Commodus, after betraying Maximus. In the extended version, Quintus sees the mad side of the Emperor when he is forced to execute two innocent men. Quintus later redeems himself by refusing to allow Commodus a second sword during the latter’s duel with Maximus, and promises to honor Maximus’s last wishes.
  • Spencer Treat Clark as Lucius Verus: The young son of Lucilla. He is named after his father Lucius Verus, who was co-emperor until AD 169 . He is also the grandson of Marcus Aurelius.
  • David Hemmings as Cassius: the master of ceremonies for the gladiatorial games in the Colosseum.
  • Sven-Ole Thorsen as Tigris of Gaul: An undefeated champion gladiator who is called out of retirement by Commodus to kill Maximus but is defeated by Maximus. Commodus then ordered Maximus to kill Tigris, but Maximus spared him, much to Commodus’ fury.
  • Omid Djalili as a slave trader.
  • Giannina Facio as Maximus’s wife.
  • Giorgio Cantarini as Maximus’s son, who is the same age as Lucilla’s son Lucius.

General Maximus Decimus Meridius

A Roman general in Germania, turned slave who seeks revenge against Commodus. He had been under the favour of Marcus Aurelius, and the admiration of Lucilla prior to the events of the film. His home is in Spain near Trujillo.

Originally Posted by Nerull of the Wizards Community forums.

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General Maximus Decimus Meridius: (Strong 3/ charismatic 4/ soldier 4/ fast 3): CR 14; Medium humanoid (human); HD 10d8 + 20 plus 4d6 + 8, hp 94, Mas 14; Init +3, Spd 30; Def 22 [X] (+9 Class, +3 Dexterity [insert armour]); BAB + 10; Grap +13 Atk +14/+9 melee (1d8+7 longsword) or + 13/+9 melee (1d8+5, Spear) or +13 ranged (1d8+3, spear); FS/R 5 ft./5 ft.; AL Rome, Family, Revenge; SV Fort +9, Ref +10, Will +4; AP 7, Rep +4 ; Strength 16, Dexterity 16, Constitution 14, Intelligence 13, Wisdom 10, Charisma 13.
Occupation: Military (class skills: Ride (Dexterity)& knowledge: tactics bonus feat: APL)
Skills: Balance +8; Climb +5; Diplomacy +8; Disguise +5; Handle Animal +4; Intimidate +13; Jump +14; Knowledge: Current Events +7; Knowledge: History +3; Knowledge: Tactics +15; Knowledge: Theology and Philosophy +3; Listen +3; Profession (Gladiator) +7; Ride (Dexterity)+13; Spot +3; Survival +5; Tumble +9;
Read/Write Language Latin Speak Language Latin.
Feats: Agile Riposte; Archaic Weapons Proficiency; Armor Proficiency
(Light)
; Armor proficiency (Medium) Cleave; Combat Expertise; Combat Reflexes: max 4 AoOs; Dodge (+1 Dodge bonus versus selected opponent); Heroic Surge: 4x per day; Mounted Combat; Power Attack; Simple Weapons Proficiency; Weapon Focus (longsword).
Talents: Coordinate (full round & Charisma DC 10); Inspiration (Charisma DC 10, +2 morale bonus, 1 rounds); Improved Melee Smash (+2 melee damage); Tactical Aid (duration 2 rounds); Weapon Specialisation (+2 damage with longsword); Uncanny Dodge (Dexterity to Defense).
Possessions: Gladiator uniform/ armour & shield (varies), longsword.

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