Director – Ridley Scott
General Maximus Decimus Meridias has been named keeper of Rome and its empire by dying emperor Marcus Aurelius, so rule passes to the people and Senate. Marcus Aurelius neglected and power-hungry son, Commodus is devastated by this and orders Maximus’s execution. Maximus escapes and flees to try to save his family but ends up in slavery and then trained as a gladiator by Proximo. Maximus intends to wreak revenge and fulfill the dying wish of his Aurelius. Commodus, now emporer lusts for his widowed sister Lucilla, mother of Lucius, heir to the empire after his uncle, learns of Maximus’s return to Rome and seeks to fight Maximus in the Gladiator arena. Meanwhile Maximus in turn, who has only revenge on his mind, is approached by Lucilla and the senators to rid Rome of the evil Commodus.