"Gladiator" is an historical epic film directed in 2000 by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix.
The Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, so he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
It was a box office success, receiving generally positive reviews. The film was multi awarded (five Academy Awards, including Best Picture). Although there have been talks of both a prequel and sequel, but no production have begun. Some scenes of The Gladiator were filmed near Pienza.