Upon the sudden death of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, his trusted and successful general Narcissus Meridas is unlawfully imprisoned and condemned to the gladiator games by Marcus's twisted son Commodus.
Excellent film well made with plenty of accurate facts about the way the romans expanded their territory (very useful for teaching the subject at my high school.
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Forced into slavery by the corrupt, incestuous heir to the throne, Roman general Maximus (Russell Crowe) becomes a gladiator. His prowess in the arena will eventually lead him to Rome, the Colosseum and a vengeful showdown with the new emperor. An Academy Award winning masterpiece, Gladiator is epic movie story-telling brought thrillingly into the 21st century by master director Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien).
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield The war won Maximus dreams of home wanting only to return to his wife and son; however the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power Jealous of Maximus&39; favor with the emperor the heir to the throne Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) orders his execution - and that of his family Barely escaping death Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows Now he has come to Rome intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor; Commodus