Russell Crowe , Joaquin Phoenix , Connie Nielsen , Oliver Reed , Richard Harris , Derek Jacobi , Djimon Hounsou , David Schofield , John Shrapnel , Tomas Arana
In the year a hundred and eighty, the dying of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman military's maximum succesful and trusted generals and a key marketing consultant to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus ascends to the throne, Maximus is ready to be completed. He escapes, however is captured by slave buyers. Renamed Spaniard and pressured to emerge as a gladiator, Maximus must struggle to the death with different men for the amusement of paying audiences.