Gladiator (2000) Movie Script
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Gladiator (2000) movie script
by David Franzoni, revised by John Logan.Transcript.
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Quick LinksOpening sceneLucilla and Commodus travelling in the wagon"You have proved your valour yet again, Maximus""Have I missed the battle?""Still alive"?"If only you had been born a man" "You sent for me Caesar"?"My father favours you now""Ancestors, I ask you for your guidance""Are you ready to do your duty for Rome?""The Emperor needs you. It is urgent"Maximus' executionArrival in ZucchabarProximo's school for gladiatorsMaximus' first fight as a gladiatorEmperor Commodus enters RomeAt the senateLucilla & Commodus discuss the SenateGaius & Gracchus discuss the games"Are you not entertained"?"What do you want? Hmm? Girl or boy?""You will meet them again. But not yet""He sleeps so well because he is loved"Gladiators arrive in Rome"Are you the one they called Spaniard"?The Barbarian Horde"My name is Gladiator""He shouldn't be alive. This vexes me. I am terribly vexed""Rich matrons pay well to be pleasured by the bravest champions""You have a great name. He must kill your name before he kills you"Tigers and Tigris of Gaul"You simply won't ... die"Reunited with CiceroJuba: "Can they hear you"?"And now they love Maximus for his mercy""Fat and bored"Cicero & LucillaGracchus & MaximusProximo & MaximusCommodus: "Where have you been? I sent for you"The kiss
Lucius playing gladiator"Busy little bee"Betrayal / Death of Proximo"Am I not merciful"?Maximus & CommodusFinal battle"There was once a dream that was Rome""Now we are free"
GLADIATOR - The Movie
AT THE HEIGHT OF ITS POWER, THE ROMAN EMPIRE WAS VAST, STRETCHING FROM THEDESERTS OF AFRICA TO THE BORDERS OF NORTHERN ENGLAND.
OVER ONE QUARTER OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION LIVED AND DIED UNDER THE RULE OFTHE CAESARS.
IN THE WINTER OF 180 A.D. EMPEROR MARCUS AURELIUS' TWELVE-YEAR CAMPAIGNAGAINST THE BARBARIAN TRIBES IN GERMANIA WAS DRAWING TO AN END.
ONE FINAL STRONGHOLD STANDS IN THE WAY OF ROMAN VICTORY AND THE PROMISE OFPEACE THROUGHOUT THE EMPIRE.
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OPENING SCENE - Close up - a rough weathered hand lightly brushes the tops of wheat asthe man walks through the tall wheat towards a woman (his wife) and child (his son). Inthe background can be heard the faint laughter of a child. The man dressed in Romansoldier uniform, is General Maximus. He quickly leaves this pleasant vision to return toGermania where the armour-suited General stands amidst the mud and burned forest, cloaked in afur cape that protects him from the cold winter air. The General contemplates the battle that isto take place. Turning to join the troops, a small Robin catches his eye as it sits on a bare twigand then flies away. The General Maximus smiles, watching as though a remembrance of his lifeas a farmer when life was peaceful and innocent, but he is quickly brought back to the reality ofthe cold day...and to the soldiers who await his signal to begin the battle.
[SCENE: Germania - prebattle. As the cavalry rides past Maximus, soldiers are lining up forbattle. Maximus walks along the ranks of the army. The soldiers rise as he approaches, lookingat him with great respect and admiration. At the top of the hill, overlooking the battle field, sitsCaesar Marcus Aurelius atop his horse, surrounded by the Roman Praetorian guards. Back on thebattle field, Maximus approaches and addresses Quintus and Valerius.]
MAXIMUS: Lean and hungry. Still nothing? QUINTUS: Not a sign. MAXIMUS: How long has he been gone? VALERIUS: Nearly 2 hours. VALERIUS: Will they fight, sir? MAXIMUS: We shall know soon enough.
[Quintus looks over at the soldiers readying the catapults.]
QUINTUS: Soldier, I ordered you to move those catapults forward, they're out of range. MAXIMUS: Range is good. QUINTUS: The danger to the cavalry... MAXIMUS [interrupts]: It is acceptable, agreed?
[In the distant, the cries of the barbarians can be heard - "ihr seid hunde" (you are dogs!). Ahorse rides towards them with a headless horseman on its back....]
MAXIMUS: They say no.
[The white and bloodied horse rides within the ranks of the men. A barbarian comes to theforefront of the German lines, waving the horseman's head, tossing it into the mud....]
GERMAN BARBARIAN: Ihr seid verfluchte hunde! (You are damned dogs!)
[As the barbarian calls out his cry, his mangy band of barbarians emerge from the forest,shaking and waving their spears and shields, ready to fight.]
QUINTUS: People should know when they're conquered. MAXIMUS: Would you, Quintus? Would I?
[Maximus bends down and picks up a handful of dirt, bringing it to his nose to smell. He looks tothe side and sees his WOLF OF ROME eagerly watching him. They steady their gaze as thoughcommunicating with each other. Maximus rises and mounts his horse, turning to Quintus andValerius.]
MAXIMUS: Strength and honour. QUINTUS: Strength and honour. VALERIUS: Strength and honour.MAXIMUS: At my signal, unleash hell. [He rides off. His wolf breaks free from the handler,charges after Maximus, running along side the horse.]
QUINTUS: Load the catapults; infantry form up for advance, archers ready. CHIEF ARCHER: Archers! CENTURION: Nock! ARCHER: Nock!
[Maximus rides up into the forest where the cavalry await, his wolf running closely at his side.Maximus stops and addresses the men....]
MAXIMUS: Fratres..., three weeks from now I will be harvesting my crops, imagine whereyou will be and it will be so. Hold the lines, stay with me. If you find yourself alone ridingin green fields with the sun on your face, do not be troubled, for you are in Elysium andyou're already dead!!!. [The men laugh.] Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity.
[Barely seen, a soldier hands Maximus his helmet. Maximus turns to an archer and nods, givingthe signal to "unleash hell" and a flaming arrow is shot through the sky. Back on the battlefield,the flaming arrow is witnessed and all hell breaks loose....]
ONAGER CENTURION: Pull, Pull! SHOUT: Cohorts ready sir!1st CENTURION: Archers, ignite! 2nd CENTURION: Ignite! 1st CENTURION: Archers, draw! ONAGER CENTURION: Loose!
[Scorpions fire, onagers let loose, flaming arrows, defiant cheers from the mob. As Maximusleads the thundering cavalry down through the trees, shouts can be heard from Maximus and hismen....]
MAXIMUS: Hold the line! SOLDIER: Make ready. MAXIMUS: Hold the line!
[More archer battle scene....]
MAXIMUS: Stay with me! Stay with me!
[III Felix Legion advancing, then tortoise formation, then barbarian charge. Maximus' wolf leapsthrough a wall of flames. The cavalry reaches the Germans. Swords are flying as they attackeach other. Maximus charges at a barbarian, slicing his head off as his sword becomes impaledin a tree. Maximus' horse is felled when a barbarian thrusts a lance in its path causing Maximusto fall hard, into the mud, amongst the soldiers. Maximus looks stunned, but as a Germanattacks him with his axe, Maximus parries each thrust before lashing out and cutting theGerman's legs from under him. The German collapses. Another German charges Maximus, who isstill on the ground. Maximus manages to slide past the oncoming sword thrust. He punches thesoldier, than stabs him. He climbs to his feet, still stabbing at the wounded German. Maximusstarts running, but collides with another legionary. Maximus turns towards the startledlegionary, who can only stand there agape as Maximus raises his sword in a feral scream.Maximus recognizes the legionary as one of his own men, and gives him a fierce smile.]
[Scene cuts to the barbarian warlord -- barbarian warlord finishes off a legionary, but before hehas time to recover, another legionary rushes and stabs him in the side. The barbarianstumbles, but does not fall. Another soldier strikes him from the other side, but he still does notfall. Finally, a soldier strikes him from behind, a vicious thrust from above into his neck. Scenecuts to a centurion who falls from his horse, then back to Maximus. Maximus punches a Germantwice, before slashing him across the chest with his sword. Maximus hears another German'sscream coming from behind. Startled, he turns to see a barbarian, whose clothes and chain mailare aflame, charging towards him with an axe. Maximus parries the first swing, but goes down.As the barbarian raises his axe for the final swing, a charging cavalryman rushes by with atimely swing of his sword, and the barbarian falls, saving Maximus from death. Another barbariansees Maximus and charges, but only to be stopped in midswing by the WOLF OF ROME, wholeaps at him, biting his hand and fending him off of Maximus. It is a chaotic scene of soldiersrunning around, wrestling with each other. We hear the wolf's growls in the background. We seeMaximus and other soldiers stabbing, fighting feverishly. Wide cut to a scene with dozens ofsoldiers fighting, with two standards of the Felix Legion thrust into the ground. We see oneparticular scene where a legionary kneels after stabbing a German, but himself falls as a Germanswings a sword at him. Cuts back to Maximus stabbing a soldier, then looking around,breathless, but looking for more enemies.]
[We see a scene where a cavalryman falls from his horse, dead, and unhelmed. Another scenewith a legionary, crying. Maximus and another legionary gathering themselves between thestandards. The battle is over, with legionaries wandering, slaying wounded Germans. Maximusraises his sword, crying out, "Roma Victa!" Other legion