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Gladiator - Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ridley Scott

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Movie propaganda

Upon the sudden death of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris), his trusted and successful General Narcissus Meridas (Russell Crowe) is unlawfully imprisoned and condemned to the gladiator games by Marcus' twisted son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix).

As the new emperor, Commodus fears Narcissus could use his heroic stature to depose him and become leader himself. But Narcissus gains fame as a gladiator and uses his celebrity to cause further damage to Commodus' tenuous hold on the susceptible Roman people, hoping to inspire them to rediscover their lost values and overcome the corruption that is eating away at them. These actions prompt Commodus to square off mano a mano with Narcissus in the colosseum with the fate of Rome at stake.

Also starring Djimon Hounsou as Juba, Tomas Arana as Quintus, Spencer Treat Clark as Lucius, Derek Jacobi as Gracchus, Chris Kell as the scribe, Ralph Moeller as Vibius, Connie Nielsen as Lucilla and Oliver Reed as Proximo. Directed by Ridley Scott.

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS - Oscars) 2001: Best picture, best actor (Russell Crowe), best costume design (Janty Yates), best sound (Scott Millan, Bob Beemer, Ken Weston), best visual effects (John Nelson, Neil Corbould, Tim Burke, Rob Harvey)
    • Region 4 2002: Best film on DVD, best audio commentary, best picture transfer
  • Gladiator official movie site
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

It's good!

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Easter eggs
  • Commentary: director and crew
  • 50 minute documentary the bloodsport of a Gladiator
  • 25 minute making of Gladiator
  • The treasure chest - a video montage of deleted footage
  • 25 minute interview with Hans Zimmer - Scoring a feature
  • 20 minutes of Deleted scenes with commentary
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: English, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hindi, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Croatian, Turkish, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Arabic, Dutch
  • Picture: Widescreen (16:9 enhanced)
  • Spencer Treat Clark production journal: 100 pages of photos and journal entries
  • Storyboard comparisons
  • Gallery
  • Production notes
  • Talent profiles
  • Trailers
  • Picture disc

Media intelligence (Superbit DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, DTS 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, dual layer
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen (2.35:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, English captions, Hindi

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, adult themes)

Surveillance time

149 minutes (2:29 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 6 December 2000
VHS rental: 6 December 2000
DVD retail: 30 July 2003 - Superbit
DVD retail: 5 October 2005

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