Roman army general Maximus (Russell Crowe) gets on the wrong side of his malicious new emperor (Joaquin Phoenix).

After narrowly escaping execution and with his family murdered, Maximus has nothing but revenge to live for and ends up fighting as a gladiator.

But, courtesy of his new master Oliver Reed (excellent, in his final role), the paths of the two men 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.