Gladiator (2000)





Director:     Ridley Scott.

Starring:     Russel Crowe (Maximus),  Joaquin Phoenix (Commodus),  Conne Nielsen (Lucilla),  Oliver Reed (Proximo),  Richard Harris (Marcus Aurelius),  Derek Jacobi (Gracchus),  Djimon Hounsou (Juba),  David Hemmings (Cassius). 

Oscars:  Best Actor (Russell Crowe)

A good soldier (Russell Crowe) refuses loyalty to the new emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) and is punished for this by being made a gladiator.  Oliver Reed died during the film's production.  



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