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Gladiator (2000)

Director:
Ridley Scott
COUNTRY
United Kingdom/USA
GENRE
Historical drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Gladiatoren
RUNNING TIME
155 minutes
Producer:
Douglas Wick
David Franzoni
Branko Lustig
Screenwriter:
David Franzoni
John Logan
William Nicholson


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Maximus Decimus Meridius Russell Crowe ½
Commodus Joaquin Phoenix ½
Lucilla Connie Nielsen ½
Antonius Proximo Oliver Reed
Senator Gracchus Derek Jacobi
Juba Djimon Hounsou
Marcus Aurelius Richard Harris
Hagen Ralf Möller
Cicero Tommy Flanagan
Senator Falco David Schofield
Senator Gaius John Shrapnel
General Quintus Tomas Arana
Lucius Verus Spencer Treat Clark

 

Review

A sword-and-sandal film of very much classical proportions about power, deceit and tyrannical rule, and how one hero of almost superhuman abilities and goodness rises up against it all and triumphs on behalf of the people. Ridley Scott directs with a command and grandeur befitting a film of this scale, and Russell Crowe in the title role carries the film with a confidence bordering on arrogance reminiscent of Richard Burton in Cleopatra (and with the brilliant Joaquin Phoenix mirroring Roddy McDowall in the same movie). Crowe is oozing of old-fashioned masculinity and star-power, something which in no small parts contributes to the film's timeless effect. The action sequences have all the underdoggish, stick-it-to-the-man feel you could ever want.

Copyright © 30.12.2018 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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