See the gallery. Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save his family, and his loss of will allows him to get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so that he will be able to look into the eyes of the man who will feel his revenge.
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Crowe portrays Roman general 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 becomes a gladiator and rises through the ranks of the arena to avenge the murders of his family and his emperor. Inspired by Daniel P. Mannix 's book Those About to Die formerly titled The Way of the Gladiator , the film's script, initially written by Franzoni, was acquired by DreamWorks and Ridley Scott signed on to direct the film. Principal photography began in January , before the script was completed, and wrapped up in May of that year, with the scenes of Ancient Rome shot over a period of nineteen weeks in Fort Ricasoli , Malta. The film's computer-generated imagery effects were created by British post-production company The Mill , who also created a digital body double for the remaining scenes involving Reed's character Proximo due to Reed dying of a heart attack during production.
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Gladiator , American historical epic film , released in , that was directed by Ridley Scott and starred Russell Crowe. It won critical accolades , large audiences, and five Academy Awards. Gladiator takes place in ad and is loosely based on historical figures.
A foolish choice in art direction casts a pall over Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" that no swordplay can cut through. The film looks muddy, fuzzy and indistinct. Its colors are mud tones at the drab end of the palette, and it seems to have been filmed on grim and overcast days. This darkness and a lack of detail in the long shots helps obscure shabby special effects the Colosseum in Rome looks like a model from a computer game , and the characters bring no cheer: They're bitter, vengeful, depressed.