quotes are as epic as
the movie itself with a
script that has been written with a poetic
quality. When you hear such powerful quotes
such as "What we do
in life, echoes in eternity" you know this movie has got
some goods to deliver
and it sure does deliver! Gladiator
packed with many memorable quotesso let's go straight to them.
by: Ridley Scott
David Franzoni (Story)
David Franzoni (screenplay)
John Logan (screenplay)
William Nicholson (screenplay) Starring: Russell Crowe - Maximus
Joaquin Phoenix - Commodus
Connie Nielsen - Lucilla
Oliver Reed - Proximo
Richard Harris - Marcus Aurelius
Derek Jacobi - Gracchus
Djimon Hounsou - Juba
David Schofield - Falco John Shrapnel - Gaius
Tomas Arana - Quintus
Ralf Moeller - Hagen
Spencer Treat Clark - Lucius David Hemmings
Lean and hungry. Still nothing? Quintus: Not
a sign. Maximus: How
long has he been gone? Quintus:
Nearly two hours. Valerius:
Will they fight sir? Maximus: We
shall know soon enough.
should know when they are conquered. Maximus:
Would you, Quintus? Would I?
Quintus before the battle
with Germanian troops begins] Maximus:
Strength and Honor. [gets on his horse and
addresses Quintus again] Maximus: At
my signal, unleash hell.
[addressing his troops] Maximus:
Fratres! [cavalry addresses
Maximus] Maximus: Three
weeks from now, I will be harvesting my crops. Imagine
where you will be, and it will be so. Hold the line! Stay with me! If
you find yourself alone, riding in the green fields with the sun on
your face, do not be troubled. For you are in Elysium, and you're
already dead! [cavalry laughs] Maximus:
Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity.
about their father
Marcus Aurelius] Commodus: Do
you think he's really dying? Lucilla:
He's been dying for ten years.
He's made his decision. He's going to announce it. He will name me. The
first thing I shall do...well, is honor him with games worthy of his
majesty. Lucilla: For
now, the first thing I shall do is have a hot bath.
Marcus Aurelius: You
have proved your valor, yet again Maximus. Let us hope for the last
There is no one left to fight, sire. Marcus Aurelius:
There is always someone left to fight. How can I reward Rome's greatest
general? Maximus: Let
me go home. Marcus Aurelius:
Have I missed it? Have I missed the battle? [Commodus embraces him]
Marcus Aurelius: You have missed the war.
Commodus: Father, congratulations. I shall sacrifice a
hundred bulls to honor your triumph.
Marcus Aurelius: Save the bulls. Honor Maximus. He won the
farmer. I still have difficulty imagining that. Maximus: You
know dirt cleans off a lot easier than blood Quintus.
when your father releases me I intend to return home
Commodus: Well, no one has earned it more. Don't get too
comfortable, I may call on you before long.
Lucilla spying in through the slit in the tent wall] Marcus Aurelius:
only you had been born a man,
what a Caesar you would have made.
Lucilla: Father. [kisses him on his
Marcus Aurelius: You would have been strong. I wonder,
would you have been just?
Lucilla: I would have been what you taught me to be.
Enough of politics. Let us pretend that
you are a loving daughter, and I am a good father.
Lucilla: This is a pleasant fiction, isn't it?
darkened tent] Marcus Aurelius:
Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here? Maximus: For
the glory of the Empire, sire.
thousand of my men are out there in the freezing mud.
Three thousand of them are bloodied and cleaved. Two thousand will
never leave this place. I will not believe that they fought and died
Marcus Aurelius: And what would you believe?
Maximus: They fought for you and for Rome.
Marcus Aurelius: And what is Rome, Maximus?
Maximus: I've seen much of the rest of the world. It is
brutal and cruel and dark, Rome is the light.
Marcus Aurelius: Yet you have never been there. You have
not seen what
it has become. I am dying, Maximus. When a man sees his end... he wants
to know there was some purpose to his life. How will the world speak my
name in years to come? Will I be known as the philosopher? The warrior?
The tyrant? Or will I be the emperor who gave Rome back her true
self? There was once a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it.
Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish... it was so fragile.
And I fear that it will not survive the winter. Maximus, let us whisper
now, together you and I. You have a son? [Maximus nods his head] Marcus Aurelius: Tell
me about your home.
When was the last time you were home? Maximus: Two
years, two hundred and sixty-four days and this morning.
There is one more duty that I ask of you before you go home.
Maximus: What would you have me do Caesar? Marcus Aurelius:
I want you to
become the protector of Rome after I die. I will empower you to one end
alone, to give power back to the people of Rome and end the corruption
that has crippled it. [Maximus looks amazed
and sad] Marcus Aurelius: Do
you accept this great honor that I have offered you?
Maximus: With all my heart, no. Marcus Aurelius: Maximus,
that is why it must be you.
Commodus is not a moral man. You have known that since you were young.
Commodus cannot rule. He must not rule. [looking at Maximus] Marcus
the son that I should have had. Commodus will accept my decison. He
knows that you command the loyalty of the army.
Marcus' tent he hesitates outside.
out from the adjacent tent] Lucilla: My
father favours you now. Maximus: My
Lady. Lucilla: It
was not always so. Maximus:
Many things change. Lucilla: Many
things, not everything.
What did my
father want with you? Maximus: To
wish me well before I leave for home. Lucilla: You're
lying, I could always tell when you were lying because you were never
any good at it. Maximus: I
never acquired your comfort with it. Lucilla:
True, but then you never had to, life is more simple for a soldier. Or
do you think me heartless? Maximus: I
think you have a talent for survival.
in his tent] Maximus:
Ancestors, I ask you
for your guidance. Blessed mother, come to me with the Gods' desire for
my future. Blessed father, watch over my wife and son with a ready
sword. Whisper to them that I live only to hold them again. Ancestors,
I honor you and will try to live with the dignity that you have taught
Do you find
it hard to do your duty? Cicero:
Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I
you ready to do your duty for Rome? Commodus:
Yes, father. Marcus Aurelius:
You will not be emperor. Commodus:
Which wiser, older man is to take my place? Marcus Aurelius:
My powers will pass to Maximus, to hold in trust until
the Senate is ready to rule once more. Rome is to be a republic again. Commodus:
Maximus? Marcus Aurelius:
moves his hand to touch Commodus' face and Commodus turns away] Marcus Aurelius:
My decision disappoints you? Commodus:
You wrote to me once, listing the four chief virtues: Wisdom,
justice, fortitude and temperance. As I read the list, I knew I had
none of them. But I have other virtues, father. Ambition. That can be a
virtue when it drives us to excel. Resourcefulness, courage, perhaps
not on the battlefield, but...there are many forms of courage.
Devotion, to my family, to you. But none of my virtues were on your
list. Even then it was as if you didn't want me for your son. Marcus Aurelius:
Oh, Commodus. You go too far. Commodus: I
search the faces of the gods...for ways to please you, to
make you proud. One kind word, one full hug... where you pressed me to
your chest and held me tight. Would have been like the sun on my heart
for a thousand years. What is it in me that you hate so much? Marcus Aurelius:
Shh, Commodus. Commodus:
All I've ever wanted was to live up to you, Caesar. Father. Marcus Aurelius:
kneels in front of his son]...your faults
as a son is my failure as a father. Come... [holds his arms out to
Commodus and they embrace] Commodus:[begins to cry]
Father. I would have butcher the whole world...if you would only love
me! [Commodus begins to
asphyxiate Marcus whilst embracing him]
Maximus sees the dead
body of Marcus Aurelius] Commodus: Your
Emperor asks for your loyalty, Maximus. Take my hand, I only offer it
please be careful, that was not prudent. Maximus:
Prudent! The Emperor has been slain.
look at me. Look at me! Promise me that you'll look after my family. Quintus:
Your family will meet you in the after life.
of the assassins tries to
draw his sword to kill Maximum but the sword is stuck] Maximus: The
frost, sometimes it makes the blade stick. [Maximus
then swings the sword at the guard, cutting
him across the face and killing him]