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.
David Franzoni (Story)
David Franzoni (screenplay)
John Logan (screenplay)
William Nicholson (screenplay)
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
Lean and hungry. Still nothing?
long has he been gone?
Nearly two hours.
Will they fight sir?
shall know soon enough.
should know when they are conquered.
Would you, Quintus? Would I?
Quintus before the battle
with Germanian troops begins]
Strength and Honor.
[gets on his horse
addresses Quintus again]
my signal, unleash hell.
[addressing his troops]
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
Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity.
about their father
you think he's really dying?
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
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.
There is always someone left to fight. How can I reward Rome's greatest
me go home.
Have I missed it? Have I missed the battle?
[Commodus embraces him]
You have missed the war.
Father, congratulations. I shall sacrifice a
hundred bulls to honor your triumph.
Save the bulls. Honor Maximus. He won the
farmer. I still have difficulty imagining that.
know dirt cleans off a lot easier than blood Quintus.
when your father releases me I intend to return home
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]
only you had been born a man,
what a Caesar you would have made.
[kisses him on his
You would have been strong. I wonder,
would you have been just?
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.
This is a pleasant fiction, isn't it?
Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
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
And what would you believe?
They fought for you and for Rome.
And what is Rome, Maximus?
I've seen much of the rest of the world. It is
brutal and cruel and dark, Rome is the light.
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]
me about your home.
When was the last time you were home?
years, two hundred and sixty-four days and this morning.
There is one more duty that I ask of you before you go home.
What would you have me do Caesar?
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
you accept this great honor that I have offered you?
With all my heart, no.
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]
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]
father favours you now.
was not always so.
Many things change.
things, not everything.
What did my
father want with you?
wish me well before I leave for home.
lying, I could always tell when you were lying because you were never
any good at it.
never acquired your comfort with it.
True, but then you never had to, life is more simple for a soldier. Or
do you think me heartless?
think you have a talent for survival.
in his tent]
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?
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?
You will not be emperor.
Which wiser, older man is to take my place?
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.
moves his hand to touch Commodus' face and Commodus turns away]
My decision disappoints you?
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.
Oh, Commodus. You go too far.
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?
All I've ever wanted was to live up to you, Caesar. Father.
kneels in front of him]
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
[Commodus begins to
asphyxiate Marcus whilst embracing him]
Maximus sees the dead
body of Marcus Aurelius]
Emperor asks for your loyalty, Maximus. Take my hand, I only offer it
please be careful, that was not prudent.
Prudent! The Emperor has been slain.
look at me. Look at me! Promise me that you'll look after my family.
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]
frost, sometimes it makes the blade stick.
then swings the sword at the guard, cutting
him across the face and killing him]
a long run
Maximus sits by a fireside, nursing his wound. His mind races with
thoughts of his family]
Blessed father, watch over my wife and son with a ready sword. Whisper
to them that I live only to hold them again, for all else is dust and
Maximus who has been
captured and is lying on wagon]
die. They'll feed you to the lions. They are worth more than we are.
hold of the slave trader's crotch]
Those giraffes you
sold me, they won't mate. They just walk around eating, not mating. You
sold me queer giraffes. I want my money back.
Not a chance.
grunts as Proximo squeezes tighter]
do a special price for you!
at the slaves in the
any of them fight? I've got a match coming up.
are good for fighting, others for dying. You need both, I think.
am Proximo. I
shall be closer to
you for the next few days, which
will be the last of your miserable lives, than the bitch of a mother
that brought you screaming into this world. I did not pay good money
for you for your company, I paid it so that I could profit from your
death and as your mother was there at your beginning, so I shall be
there at your end. And when you die, and die you shall, your transition
shall be to the sound of...
I salute you.
gives the gladiators a
talk of encouragement before they go out for their first fight]
Some of you are thinking you won't fight, some that you can't. They all
say that until they are out there. Listen.
[the crowd can be heard stamping their feet, cheering. Proximo draws a
sword and starts
Thrust this into another man's flesh and they will applaud and love you
for that. You may begin to love them for that.
[he slams the blade into
we're all dead men, sadly we cannot choose how, but we can
decide how we meet that end in order that we are remembered as men.
senators stand at the steps of the Senate, waiting, Lucius at their
side, as the new Caesar and Lucilla enter on chariot surrounded by
enters Rome like a conquering hero. What has he conquered?
him time. He's young. I think he could do very well.
For Rome or for you?
the Senate where all the
senators are gathered]
the Senate is the people, Sire, chosen from among the people, to speak
for the people.
I doubt if many of the people eat so well as you do, Gracchus,
such splendid mistresses Gaius. I think I understand my own people.
perhaps Caesar would
be so good as to teach us, out of his own extensive experience.
love. I am their father, the people are my children and I shall hold
them to my bosom and embrace them tightly...
Have you ever embraced someone dying of plague, Sire?
[Commodus slowly turns
around, he looks at Gracchus]
No. But if you interrupt me again, I assure you that you shall.
quickly defeated his opposition, Maximus looks up at the
crowd, bloody swords still in hand, he hurls one sword high into the
stands. Maximus screams...]
Are you not entertained??!! Are you not entertained??!! Is this not why
Spaniard, Spaniard, Spaniard...
What do you want? Hmmmm? Girl? Boy?
sent for me?
I did. You are good, Spaniard, but you're not that good. You could be
am required to kill so I kill. That is enough.
That's enough for the provinces, but not for Rome.
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