Top 14 Gladiator Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Gladiator facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Gladiator film message.

You Can See Modern Buildings Behind The Crowd On The Right In The "Are You Not Entertained" Scene
You Can See Modern Buildings Behind The Crowd On The Right In The "Are You Not Entertained" Scene

Commodus is so nervous to be named heir, because in the entirety of the Empire there had been only one other occasion in which a biological son succeeded his father.

Gladiator Trivia

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  1. Joaquin Phoenix ad-libbed his "Am I not merciful?" scream. Connie Nielsen wasn't expecting it, her frightened reaction was genuine.

  2. - Oliver Reed died half way through filming - His final scenes were appropriated from past shots which can be see in the first half of the movie. This video shows which scenes exactly.

Gladiator Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - After Maximus's first arena fight, if you look closely in the crowd, in the top left you can see a cameraman in jeans with his camera!
    After Maximus's first arena fight, if you look closely in the crowd, in the top left you can see a cameraman in jeans with his camera!
  • The barbarians in the opening scene use exactly the same chant that was used in the 1966 film 'Zulu'

Gladiator Hidden Details

Russel Crowe had an idea to add a figurine to his armor after every victory, so every time Maximus enters the Coliseum his armor has changed. Here is an imgur album I put together of the progression.

1 - With every collosseum fight , Maximus adds a figure to his breast plate.
With every collosseum fight , Maximus adds a figure to his breast plate.

Maximus adds a figurine to his breastplate after every victory. His armor is different every time he enters the coliseum.

1 - During one of the fights in the Colosseum, a charriot is flipped and reveals a gas tank!?
During one of the fights in the Colosseum, a charriot is flipped and reveals a gas tank!?

Juba (fellow gladiator) calls out "Maximus!" while throwing him a sword. Maximus had never revealed his name at that point, he was only known as "Spaniard". Maximus only revealed his name to everyone after the fight when Commodus insisted on meeting him.

The shot of the spiky haired gladiator foreshadows that he's the first to be hit by the mace once the battle begins.

1 - You can see that they piled up the dirt under Russel Crowe's (Maximus) head when lying on the ground
You can see that they piled up the dirt under Russel Crowe's (Maximus) head when lying on the ground
Gladiator poster
Gladiator poster

Gladiator Plot

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Gladiator. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Action, Adventure, Drama
Director Ridley Scott
Stars Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed
IMDB score 8.5