From the vision of 2-time Emmy Award-winning director Ridley Scott comes Gladiator, a high-octane action drama film, which accounts the rise of a fierce and heroic warrior. This gripping flick stars Russell Crowe (won an Academy Award for his remarkable acting in this film), 3-time Academy Award-nominee Joaquin Phoenix of Her fame, Connie Nielsen and Robert Oliver Reed. Set in the year 180, Gladiator follows a mighty general named Maximus who is a crucial advisor to the Roman emperor. When the emperor’s deceitful son usurps the throne, he orders for the execution of Maximus. Maximus manages to escape, though, he is soon caught by slave traders and is compelled to play the part of a gladiator and to battle many powerful and vicious others in the Roman Colosseum. Now, Maximus, bent on exacting revenge on the man who stripped Maximus of his freedom and killed his family, sets out on a path of vengeance.