Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris
At the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius yells the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of those Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be implemented. He escapes, but is captured by slave dealers. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men.