GladiatorDVD - 2003
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Best Director Nominee, 2000 (Ridley Scott)
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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Rated R in 2000; it's got gladiators so you can kind of figure how bad it's gonna be
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Rated R in 2000; graphic scenes of combat to the death
Frightening or Intense Scenes: It is about war and gladiators in the ring. You may decide it is for your children and if so good luck getting any sleep after.
Violence: This title contains Violence.
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Commodus: The general who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who defied an emperor. Striking story! But now, the people want to know how the story ends. Only a famous death will do. And what could be more glorious than to challenge the Emperor himself in the great arena?
Maximus: You would fight me?
Commodus: Why not? Do you think I am afraid?
Maximus: I think you've been afraid all your life.
Maximus: "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!"
Commodus: "Rise. Rise." (Maximus stands up, clenching an arrow head in his right hand) "Your fame is well deserved, Spaniard. I don't think there's ever been a gladiator to match you. As for this young man, he insists you are Hector reborn. Or was it Hercules? Why doesn't the hero reveal himself and tell us all your real name? You do have a name..." Maximus: "My name is Gladiator." (turns away from Commodus) Commodus: "How dare you show your back to me! Slave, you will remove your helmet and tell me your name." Maximus (removes helmet and turns around to face Commodus): "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."
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The story of a noble general who loses his dear wife and son, home, belongings, status, and dignity and ends up as a gladiator -- a slave of Rome -- after refusing to acknowledge an evil man as emperor.