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Ridley Scott’s Gladiator Celebrates 18 Years

May 4, 2018
An iconic film just as powerful today as it was in 2000

Released on May 5th, 2000, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator made its US debut, starring Russell Crowe who played General Maximus: a powerful figure reduced to slavery after being betrayed by his rivals, and climbed his way back to triumph as a gladiator. This heroic tale of revenge was not only an influential film for its time, it was said to be responsible for the re-emergence of ancient Greek and Roman culture in entertainment, influencing popular shows such as Rome.

One of Ridley’s most successful films, Gladiator debuted as the second highest-grossing film of 2000, while claiming multiple awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Crowe and 3 other Oscars at the 73rd Academy Awards.

Below are a few photos from the epic set:

 

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