Wordless Wednesday: 7 Favorite Scenes of the Roman Epic GLADIATOR (2000)

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This past weekend, I rewatched an old favorite. Well it’s not just an oldie-but-goodie, it’s perhaps one of my top 10 favorite of all time: GLADIATOR. It’s the one cinematic masterpiece Ridley Scott’s been trying to replicate ever since, to no avail. After seeing the trailer for Exodus: Gods and King, well it seems that Mr Scott’s glory days is behind him. Ah well, we’ll always have Gladiator. Amazing that even fourteen years later, this film still holds up extremely well, everything about it is perfect, absolutely perfect.

I’ve written an extensive appreciation post on it a few years back, as part of a ‘Movies that made going to the movies suck‘ blogathon. Yes I think that blogathon name is a hoot, but once you read people’s posts on it, it totally make sense. Anyhoo, it’s supposed to be a wordless post so I’ve said enough already. Here are some of my favorite scenes from the Roman epic:

First Battle in Germania

My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius


“The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end…”


Commodus Enters Rome

“Are you not entertained?!”

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Ending scene – w/ Now We Are Free score

Gracchus on the Gladiatorial Games

I couldn’t find the exact scene for this but I LOVE Derek Jacobi‘s scene here. His lines is one of my favorite movie quote ever, but most importantly, it’s how he delivered it.

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[SCENE: Gaius and Gracchus at a restaurant, discussing the games which Commodus revived to lure the mob. Outside can be seen a juggler, merchants calling out their wares (wine), and the crowd visiting and moving about.]

GAIUS: Games! 150 days of games!
GRACCHUS: He’s cleverer than I thought.
GAIUS: Clever. The whole of Rome would be laughing at him if they weren’t in fear of his Praetorian.
GRACCHUS: Fear and wonder. A powerful combination.
GAIUS: Will the people really be seduced by that?
GRACCHUS: I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob. He will conjure magic for them and they will be distracted. He will take away their freedom, and still they will roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble floor of the Senate, it is the sand of the Colosseum. He will give them death, and they will love him for it.


These are just a sampling of my favorite scenes from GLADIATOR. What do you think? Feel free to share yours.

31-Days Movie Meme Day #24 & 25 — Fave movie quote & Movie I plan on watching

Day 24 – Quote you use most often

Well, I don’t use it too often, but I guess more often than others: “Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?”

I find that I use a lot of quotes from Gladiator a lot, there so many memorable ones as well as one-liners from that movie! In fact, there should be a meme for “Movies with the most memorable quotes”, and that one ought to be on the list. Obviously the ones uttered by Maximus are the most popular (i.e. “What we do in life… echoes in eternity” and the one on this list), but I LOVE this one by Senator Gracchus, not so much the quote itself, though it’s a good one indeed, but more about of the way Derek Jacobi delivered it. It was just… sublime.


And here are five other memorable movie quotes:

  • Batman Begins
    Alfred Pennyworth:
    Why do we fall sir? So we might learn to pick ourselves up.
  • Ben-Hur
    Judah Ben-Hur:
    Almost at the moment He died, I heard Him say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
    Esther: Even then.
    Judah Ben-Hur: Even then. And I felt His voice take the sword out of my hand.
  • Multiplicity (one of my comedy guilty pleasure!)
    Doug Kinney – clone #3, referring to clone #4: You know how when you make a copy of a copy, it’s not as sharp as… well… the original.

    Jonny Lee Miller & Frances O’Connor
  • Mansfield Park (one of my favorite period dramas!)
    Edmund Bertram [when asked whether he loved Fannie Price]:
    There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.
  • Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade
    Professor Henry Jones: I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky…

    Since it was Sean Connery’s 80th birthday yesterday, I thought it’s fitting to include this awesome scene from that movie in his honor!

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Day 25 – A movie you plan on watching (old or new)

Well, in my recent weekly poster post featuring Woody Allen’s new movie, a few people suggested Purple Rose of Cairo. So that’s what I just received in the mail today. Can’t wait to see it!

A few other ones in my Netflix queue are: The Beat that My Heart Skipped, An Education, Spirited Away (another suggestion from the comments section), V for Vendetta (a great thriller my husband and I want to watch again), and West Side Story (a classic I’m ashamed I haven’t watched. So thanks Andrew for the inspiring me to finally rent it because of this meme post!).

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Well, let’s hear your favorite movie quote(s). I’m sure everyone has at least one.