||15 in UK
||Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi, David Hemmings,
|Source of story
||An original screenplay
||A Roman general and his family are casualties when an Emperor is murdered by his son, and it is necessary for him to fight for his freedom in gladiatorial combat.
||Lots of combat with swords and spears and involving wild animals since much of the film concentrates on the arena. Some minor sexual references.
||Terrific stuff, and maybe Russell Crowe’s best film. Also Oliver Reed’s last since he died during the filming. A really entertaining couple of hours.