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"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."...

When Russell Crowe takes off this helmet and reveals who he is, and says those lines, i get chills down my back everytime.

I love this movie and every scene in it. I don't know how else to say it. lol

From the very start, when we're shown a roman legion assaulting the barbarians in the woods, and the flame-catapult launch one after the other, followed by a barrage of arrows, and finally cavalry charging thru the woods, I knew this film was gonna be a favorite of mine.

So many memorable scenes, powerful lines, and the ending is just so damn beautiful it nearly 'gets' me everytime. And Joaquin Phoenix! Damn, can anyone else possibly play a villian better than he did? he deserved an Oscar for that role!

If you haven't seen it yet, bloody hell, RUN to the video store and rent it, or better yet, just buy it and then watch it.

And if you've rated this anything less than an 8 out of 10, are you sure you've watched the same movie?? I also noticed someone on my 'friends' list gave this a 1 out of 10 (and she gave a Olsen Twin film a 10 out of 10). So sorry, you're getting booted off my list for such an insult (you know who you are).

Added by Prelude
10 years ago on 18 August 2007 02:50


Posted: 10 years, 9 months ago at Aug 18 8:03
So glad that wasn't me who gave a 1 out of 10!!! That's insane!
Awesome review.
Posted: 10 years, 9 months ago at Aug 18 14:07
it not just that they gave it a 1 out of 10. its coupled with fact they gave an Olsen Twin movie a 10 out of 10. Nothing against them, but I don't want to get ratings and recommendations from people with those kind of tastes. lol

see, it's ok if someone didn't like this epic and gave it a low score, say a 4 or a 5. But a 1? The beginning battle scene alone has got to be worth at least 3 points. :)
Posted: 10 years, 9 months ago at Aug 20 3:37
That scene kills me every time I see it. Though I found the movie dragging in places Crowe and Phoenix's performances were amazing.
Posted: 8 years, 5 months ago at Dec 11 13:48
I think this is Crowe's best movie, especially the opening. He manages to play it so masculine and well rooted which is just what the role needs. His acting in Gladiator is such a contrast to A Beautiful Mind from one year later.

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