Roman army general Maximus (Russell Crowe) gets on the wrong side of his malicious new emperor (Joaquin Phoenix) and ends up fighting as a gladiator.

After narrowly escaping execution and with his family murdered, Maximus has nothing but revenge to live for. But, courtesy of his new master Oliver Reed (excellent, in his final role), the paths of Crowe and Phoenix are destined to cross again…

With its in-your-face battle scenes and brilliant acting, director Ridley Scott delivers the Roman epic to end them all.