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Director: Ridley Scott Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielson, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, David Schofield, John Shrapnel, Tomas Arana, Ralf Moeller, Spencer Treat Clark, David Hemmings, Tommy Flanagan, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Omid Djalili, Tony Curran, David Bailie, Chick Allan

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Russell Crowe); Best Costume Design; Best Visual Effects

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Joaquin Phoenix); Best Director (Ridley Scott); Best Original Screenplay (David Franzoni, John Logan, & William Nicholson); Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer)

I First Saw In: c. 2000

Synopsis: When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

Did You Know? Oliver Reed died with three weeks of principal photography remaining. A clause in the insurance coverage allowed for his role to be recast; but most of the cast and crew were exhausted from the schedule, and Ridley Scott did not want to lose Reed from the movie. Therefore, the script was altered and CGI was used to give Reed’s character a plausible resolution.

Quotables: LUCILLA: The mob is fickle, brother. He will be forgotten in a month.

And now a Word from the Guise:
I do really love Gladiator, but I think that either Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or Erin Brockovitch were more deserving of Best Picture. Russell Crowe is excellent in this film, but I much preferred Tom Hanks in Cast Away. Now Joaquin Phoenix should have won Best Supporting Actor; he was perfectly evil and slimy, cunning and cruel. However, Benicio Del Toro was very good in Traffic.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233