History Film / Gladiator

7th May '18 2:15:14 PM Premonition45
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* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: "It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed." It makes sense when you consider how melodramatic Commodus was.

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* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: "It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed." [[JustifiedTrope It makes sense sense]] when you consider how melodramatic Commodus was.
6th May '18 1:39:19 PM Premonition45
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* HumanShield: Unintentionally invoked by Commodus, when he enters the arena to congratulate a masked Maximus, Maximus moves towards Commodus and clearly intends to kill him, but then Lucius runs up and hugs his uncle, so Maximus stops and puts down his sword.

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* HumanPincushion: [[spoiler:During the Praetorians' assault, Proximo is stabbed to death, and Hagen is hit by dozens of arrows.]]
* HumanShield: Unintentionally invoked by Commodus, when he enters the arena to congratulate a masked Maximus, Maximus moves towards Commodus and clearly intends to kill him, but then Lucius runs up and hugs his uncle, so Maximus stops and puts down his sword.arrowhead.
17th Apr '18 3:32:15 PM RobTan
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* GimmickMatches: In-universe, many variations on gladiatorial combat take place in the arena, for instance, in Maximus' first match, he and Juba are tied together by the wrist, with Maximus holding a sword and Juba a shield.

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* GimmickMatches: In-universe, many variations on gladiatorial combat take place in the arena, for arena. Fir instance, in Maximus' first match, he and Juba are tied together by the wrist, with Maximus holding a sword and Juba a shield.
14th Apr '18 7:30:56 PM Saveelich
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14th Apr '18 7:24:01 PM Saveelich
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In AD 180 at the time of UsefulNotes/{{the Roman Empire}}, General Maximus Decimus Meridius (Creator/RussellCrowe) is named heir to the ailing Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Creator/RichardHarris), who wishes that Rome be restored to a republic with the Senate ruling as the representative of the people. The Emperor's son, Commodus (Creator/JoaquinPhoenix), is not a happy camper: he murders his father, declares himself to be the new Emperor, and orders that Maximus be killed when the general refuses to pledge loyalty to him. Maximus escapes his fate, but unfortunately for him, his wife and young son do not. Maximus swears to avenge their deaths and join them soon after; wandering around the countryside, he is soon found and brought into slavery. Maximus is trained as a gladiator by his captors, and he successfully wins the crowd's approval in his first few performances; this allows Maximus to travel to Rome and compete in gladiatorial battles arranged by Commodus. Maximus soon wins Rome's approval -- to the point where he begins to become more popular among the people than Commodus -- and begins to plan his revenge...

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In AD 180 at the time of UsefulNotes/{{the Roman Empire}}, General Maximus Decimus Meridius (Creator/RussellCrowe) is named heir to the ailing Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Creator/RichardHarris), who wishes that Rome be restored to a republic with the Senate ruling as the representative of the people. The Emperor's son, Commodus (Creator/JoaquinPhoenix), is not a happy camper: he murders his father, declares himself to be the new Emperor, and orders that Maximus be killed when the general refuses to pledge loyalty to him. Maximus escapes his fate, but unfortunately for him, his wife and young son do not. Maximus swears to avenge their deaths and join them soon after; wandering around the countryside, he is soon found and brought into slavery.

Maximus is then trained as a gladiator by his captors, and he successfully wins the crowd's approval crowds to him in his first few performances; this allows Maximus to travel to Rome and compete in gladiatorial battles arranged by Commodus. Maximus Maximus' fame soon wins Rome's approval heart -- to the point where he begins to become more popular among the people than Commodus -- and begins to plan his revenge...
14th Apr '18 7:22:44 PM Saveelich
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In AncientRome, General Maximus Decimus Meridius (Creator/RussellCrowe) is named heir to the ailing Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Creator/RichardHarris), who wishes that Rome be restored to a republic with the Senate ruling as the representative of the people. The Emperor's son, Commodus (Creator/JoaquinPhoenix), is not a happy camper: he murders his father, declares himself to be the new Emperor, and orders that Maximus be killed when the general refuses to pledge loyalty to him. Maximus escapes his fate, but unfortunately for him, his wife and young son do not. Maximus swears to avenge their deaths and join them soon after; wandering around the countryside, he is soon found and brought into slavery. Maximus is trained as a gladiator by his captors, and he successfully wins the crowd's approval in his first few performances; this allows Maximus to travel to Rome and compete in gladiatorial battles arranged by Commodus. Maximus soon wins Rome's approval -- to the point where he begins to become more popular among the people than Commodus -- and begins to plan his revenge...

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In AncientRome, AD 180 at the time of UsefulNotes/{{the Roman Empire}}, General Maximus Decimus Meridius (Creator/RussellCrowe) is named heir to the ailing Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Creator/RichardHarris), who wishes that Rome be restored to a republic with the Senate ruling as the representative of the people. The Emperor's son, Commodus (Creator/JoaquinPhoenix), is not a happy camper: he murders his father, declares himself to be the new Emperor, and orders that Maximus be killed when the general refuses to pledge loyalty to him. Maximus escapes his fate, but unfortunately for him, his wife and young son do not. Maximus swears to avenge their deaths and join them soon after; wandering around the countryside, he is soon found and brought into slavery. Maximus is trained as a gladiator by his captors, and he successfully wins the crowd's approval in his first few performances; this allows Maximus to travel to Rome and compete in gladiatorial battles arranged by Commodus. Maximus soon wins Rome's approval -- to the point where he begins to become more popular among the people than Commodus -- and begins to plan his revenge...
9th Apr '18 7:40:28 PM Ohio9
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** Likewise, the real Commodus didn't die in a Gladiator fight. He was strangled to death by a wrestling instructor in his bathtub. Taking this into consideration, it's not hard to see why this aspect was changed in the film.
6th Apr '18 9:04:47 PM Premonition45
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* SoldierVsWarrior: Maximus goes from being a General (soldier) to a gladiator (warrior).
11th Mar '18 10:33:44 AM MadCat221
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* DoomedMoralVictor: Maximus becomes a darling of the public, kills the emperor in a duel and [[spoiler:dies afterwards. He was already mortally wounded by the Emperor just before they entered the arena. It was meant to be more of a fancy execution than a duel, in order to discredit the hero and bolster the strength of the Emperor. The evil Emperor still loses.]]

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* DoomedMoralVictor: Maximus becomes a darling of the public, kills the emperor in a duel and [[spoiler:dies afterwards. He was already mortally wounded by the Emperor just before they entered the arena. It was meant to be more of a fancy execution than a duel, in order to discredit the hero and bolster the strength of the Emperor. The evil Emperor still loses.loses because he's ultimately an UpperClassTwit with a Caligula complex and Maximus, despite his injury, is a consummate soldier and a {{Determinator}}.]]
9th Mar '18 7:46:03 AM MagBas
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** To be fair, the barbarians were the better fighters and they killed scores of Roman soldiers. The legionnaires were less skilled one-on-one so they used every opportunity possible to team up against the barbarians and tried their best to form up into formations to hold their ground. Any Roman soldier who wasn't part of the formations got killed rather quickly.
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