Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save his family, and his loss of will allows him to get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so that he will be able to look into the eyes of the man who will feel his revenge.
|nudity||The antagonist of the movie has a sexual desire for his sister. He asks her to "stay with him", she replies that she will not. In one scene, he leans against her (demanding she open her mouth, which he touches with his fingers) and then slumps against her on a bed, but she leaves. A man asks another man what he says to his dead family. Regarding his wife, he says it's not his business, and they both chuckle. To provoke a main character into attacking him, the antagonist tells him his wife "moaned like a wh*re" when his troops" ravaged her again and again". A man's buttocks are exposed and slapped to see if he is fit for the arena. A man and a woman kiss. The villain threatens to kill his sisters son unless she agrees to have a sexual relationship with him.|
|violence||Multiple scenes showing bloody violence, much of it in brief shots. There is a rather graphic battle near the beginning (as well as a couple other shorter ones), and a few bloody arena battles. Men are bludgeoned with blows and dull objects, and stabbed with swords, knives, and spears (often with brief blood). There are a few instances of dismemberment and couple of decapitation, we usually see a flash of bloody/graphic details. An opponent is also cut in half by blades on a chariot's wheel during combat; graphic, but brief. A woman and her child are killed by crucifixion and burning, not seen. Horses briefly and bloodlessly run a child over (not heard) and we later see the blackened lower legs of two corpses. An attacking tiger is stabbed with a sword, no blood is shown. A man slices off a tattoo on his upper arm, with a bit of bleeding.|
|profanity||A few insults, and one use of 'shit'.|
|alcohol||1/10 There are a few scenes with the infrequent drinking of beverages that may or may not be alcoholic in nature.|
|frightening||Some pretty intense fights (gladiatorial or otherwise), and a violent escape. Maximus see his family crucified which could be intense to some viewers. The violence is the only thing parents really need to worry about. Most of the sexual references will go straight over kids heads. BBFC - (15) Strong violence.|