Crowe portrays Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius, who is betrayed when Commodus , the ambitious son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius , murders his father and seizes the throne. Reduced to slavery, Maximus becomes a gladiator and rises through the ranks of the arena to avenge the murders of his family and his emperor. Inspired by Daniel P. Mannix 's book Those About to Die formerly titled The Way of the Gladiator , the film's script, initially written by Franzoni, was acquired by DreamWorks and Ridley Scott signed on to direct the film. Principal photography began in January , before the script was completed, and wrapped up in May of that year, with the scenes of Ancient Rome shot over a period of nineteen weeks in Fort Ricasoli , Malta.
Gladiator , American historical epic film , released in , that was directed by Ridley Scott and starred Russell Crowe. It won critical accolades , large audiences, and five Academy Awards. Gladiator takes place in ad and is loosely based on historical figures. Roman forces, led by the general Maximus Crowe , defeat Germanic tribes, bringing temporary peace to the Roman Empire. The emperor, Marcus Aurelius played by Richard Harris , tells Maximus that he would like Maximus to succeed him upon his death and for Maximus to return power to the Senate, restoring the Roman Republic. However, when Marcus Aurelius tells his arrogant and unstable son Commodus Joaquin Phoenix about the plan, Commodus flies into a rage and kills his father. Commodus becomes emperor and orders the death of Maximus and his family.
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Title: The Private Gladiator Video Maximus is a brave general serving under Roman emperor Marcus Aurellius. When Aurellius tells his evil son Commodus that he has chosen Maximus as his successor, Commodus has Aurellius killed and Maximus sold into slavery.