History Film / Gladiator

10th Feb '17 12:44:22 AM Darthman616
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* DeathEqualsRedemption: Facing his imminent death is what gets Marcus Aurelius to reassess his life and ultimately decide he needs to set things in motion in order to save Rome by making it a Republic again.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: This is the ultimate fate of Proximo, and arguably also applies to Marcus Aurelius to a certain extent.

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: This is the ultimate fate of Proximo, and arguably also applies to Marcus Aurelius to a certain extent.Aurelius.
26th Jan '17 9:48:03 PM VolantRedX
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** By the rule of Marcus Aurelius the Republic of Rome had been effectively dead for nearly 200 years and no one in power wanted it to return. Him asking Maximus to return power to the people would be seen as insane and totally unrealistic.
** The death of Commodus wasn't so much the start of a triumphiant return of democracy but the instigating event that led to the Crisis of the Third Century, which drove the Roman world into a nearly endless series of [[CrapsackWorld internal wars, famine, invasion, and uprisings.]]
13th Nov '16 1:10:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* DashingHispanic: Rather than Spanish, he is technically Hispanic (as in someone from the ancient Roman province of Hispania, which is now Spain), and he is played by an Australian actor speaking TheQueensLatin, but Maximus Decimus Meridius is pretty {{Badass}}.

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* DashingHispanic: Rather than Spanish, he is technically Hispanic (as in someone from the ancient Roman province of Hispania, which is now Spain), and he is played by an Australian actor speaking TheQueensLatin, but Maximus Decimus Meridius is pretty {{Badass}}.badass.
11th Sep '16 12:13:55 PM ngh93
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6th Sep '16 5:35:33 PM JamesAustin
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''Gladiator'' is a 2000 epic historical drama film directed by Creator/RidleyScott.



This film is not to be confused with the proto-superheroic 1930 book ''Literature/{{Gladiator}}'', the TV gameshow ''Series/{{Gladiators}}'', nor the general trope GladiatorGames. ''Gladiator'' follows the same period of history and takes similar liberties with its plot as the 1964 film ''The Fall Of The Roman Empire'', while also taking several cues from Stanley Kubrick's ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''.

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This film is not to be confused with the proto-superheroic 1930 book ''Literature/{{Gladiator}}'', the TV gameshow ''Series/{{Gladiators}}'', nor the general trope GladiatorGames. ''Gladiator'' follows the same period of history and takes similar liberties with its plot as the 1964 film ''The Fall Of The of the Roman Empire'', while also taking several cues from Stanley Kubrick's ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''.
6th Sep '16 2:35:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: The good guys are hoping to turn the Roman Empire back into a Republic by giving more power to the Senate. The bad guy wants to get rid of the Senate altogether. Historically speaking, no one planned to make Rome a republic again, especially since the last five emperors had been both good and competent guys. And in fact it took 300 years for the Roman Empire to openly acknowledge that the Republic ''had'' ended and a monarchy had formed. Nor was there ever any serious prospect of abolishing the Senate; while centuries later its power would be diminished to the point of being purely ceremonial, the Roman Senate actually ''outlasted'' the (Western) Roman Empire and the ByzantineEmpire (Eastern Roman Empire) had its own Senate last until the 1400s.

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* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: The good guys are hoping to turn the Roman Empire back into a Republic by giving more power to the Senate. The bad guy wants to get rid of the Senate altogether. Historically speaking, no one planned to make Rome a republic again, especially since the last five emperors had been both good and competent guys. And in fact it took 300 years for the Roman Empire to openly acknowledge that the Republic ''had'' ended and a monarchy had formed. Nor was there ever any serious prospect of abolishing the Senate; while centuries later its power would be diminished to the point of being purely ceremonial, the Roman Senate actually ''outlasted'' the (Western) Roman Empire and the ByzantineEmpire UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire (Eastern Roman Empire) had its own Senate last until the 1400s.
1st Sep '16 6:00:38 AM VoxAquila
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** As pointed out by Creator/RogerEbert himself, the "thumbs up" gesture actually ''meant'' death, mercy was signaled by holding the thumb within the fist.
29th Jul '16 5:51:23 PM JackG
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* AnnoyingArrows: {{Averted}}. The barbarians that get hit with arrows in the opening battle tend to stay down, as they should. {{Played straight}} with the barbarians' arrows against the Romans, as all the arrows are stopped by the Roman ''testudo'' formation.

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{{Averted}}. The barbarians that get hit with arrows in the opening battle tend to stay down, as they should. {{Played straight}} with the barbarians' arrows against the Romans, as all the arrows are stopped by the Roman ''testudo'' formation.formation.
** Hagan also yanks out the arrow that gets stuck in his leg during the charioteer battle.
29th Jul '16 5:44:47 PM JackG
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* SuspiciouslySmallArmy: In-universe example when the Colosseum stages a historical re-enactment of the Battle of Carthage with a few dozen men.

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* SuspiciouslySmallArmy: In-universe example when the Colosseum stages a historical re-enactment of the Battle of Carthage with a few dozen men. Played for laughs when the announcer presents THE BARBARIAN HORDE! and the camera pans to this tiny group in a vast arena.
29th Jul '16 5:20:57 PM JackG
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Commodus is rather amused when, contrary to history, the 'barbarian hordes' of Carthage end up winning.



* TemptingFate: In the first battle in the Colosseum, one of the gladiators shouts "To the death!" He is the second one killed from Maximus' group.

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In the first battle in the Colosseum, one of the gladiators shouts "To the death!" He is the second one killed from Maximus' group.group.
** Commodus says that he likes surprises when the 'Carthage' side wins. He doesn't like the surprise Maximus gives him.
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