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The movie Gladiator is an epic tale of a Roman general who is betrayed by the Roman government who kills his family under the leadership by a corrupt Roman prince who is turned king the roman general comes back as a gladiator to seek revenge on the prince turned king The movie which was made in 2000 stars Russell Crowe as the Roman general Maximus Joaquin Phoenix as Comodus the prince turned king and Oliver Reed as Proximo the generals kind servant along with a whole list of other characters The main plot of the story is Maximus the most-trusted general serving the aging Caesar Marcus Aurelius leading troops into battle against Germania in 180 AD But Marcus Aurelius wants Maximus to fight a tougher opponent the corruption of Rome by taking power after the emperors death and restoring Rome to a republic Maximus is reluctant preferring to return to his wife and son but he agrees to serve his Caesar But his Caesar doesnt last too long thanks to Marcus Aurelius son Commodus who kills his Dad and takes the throne and orders Maximus and his family executed Maximus escapes only to be captured by slave traders who train him as a gladiator Maximus gets a chance at revenge on Commodus when he goes to Rome as a gladiator at the Coliseum Maximus is a hit with the crowd setting him against Commodus in a battle for the hearts and minds of Rome The three main themes in my opinion are as follows The king wanting to oppoint Maximus as the king but the king son finds out about it and then kills his father to become king and kills the generals family Another main theme about the movie is the Princess the new kings daughter falling in love with the hero but the general didnt fall in love with her and lastly the last big theme of the movie was the new king
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