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1.1.1AT THE HEIGHT OF ITS POWER, THE
ROMAN EMPIRE WAS VAST, STRETCHING FROM THE DESERTS OF AFRICA TO THE BORDERS OF NORTHERN ENGLAND.
1.1.2OVER ONE QUARTER OF THE WORLD'S
POPULATION LIVED AND DIED UNDER THE RULE OF THE CAESARS.
1.1.3IN THE WINTER OF 180 A.D.
EMPEROR MARCUS AURELIUS' TWELVE-YEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE BARBARIAN TRIBES IN GERMANIA WAS DRAWING TO AN END.
1.1.4ONE FINAL STRONGHOLD STANDS IN
THE WAY OF ROMAN VICTORY AND THE PROMISE OF PEACE THROUGHOUT THE EMPIRE.
1.2Germania - prebattle. At the top of the hill, overlooking the
battlefield, on horseback, sits Caesar Marcus Aurelius, surrounded by the Roman
Praetorian guards. Below, on the battlefield, alongside the muddied path of the
battle-devastated forest, the cavalry rides past Maximus. They are on their way
to their battle post amongst the trees to stand ready for their attack through
the rear flanks of the barbarians. Soldiers line up
for battle as Maximus walks along the ranks of the army. The soldiers rise as
he approaches, looking at him with respect, addressing him with admiration as
they call out his name, "General"
-- He passes through the ranks with a smile as he greets the soldiers. This is
the man who will lead them to victory, and hopefully his leadership will keep
them alive. As Maximus continues along the path, he approaches and addresses
Quintus and Valerius
1.2.1MAXIMUS: Lean and
hungry. Still nothing?
1.2.2QUINTUS: Not a sign.
1.2.3MAXIMUS: How long has he
1.2.4VALERIUS: Nearly 2
1.2.5VALERIUS: Will they
1.2.6MAXIMUS: We shall know soon
studies the soldiers readying the catapults
1.3.1QUINTUS: Soldier, I ordered you
to move those catapults forward, they're out of range.
1.3.2MAXIMUS: Range is good.
1.3.3QUINTUS: The danger to the
1.3.4MAXIMUS[interrupts]: It is acceptable,
the distance, the cries of the barbarians can be heard - "ihr
(you are dogs!). A horse with a rider emerge from the
German line. Maximus watches closely as the horseman approaches and announces, "They say no",as
he views the headless horseman.The white and bloodied horse rides within the ranks
of the Roman soldiers as a barbarian comes to the forefront of the German
lines, waving the horseman's head....
1.4.1BARBARIANS: "ihr seid hunde"
1.4.2MAXIMUS: They say no[The barbarian calls out his
cry and tosses the head into the mud as his mangy band of barbarians emerge
from the forest, shaking and waving their spears and shields, hollering the
feral cries of war, ready to fight.]
1.4.3BARBARIANS: "ihr seid verfluchte
1.4.4QUINTUS: People should know
when they're conquered.
1.4.5MAXIMUS: Would you,
Quintus? Would I?[Maximus
bends down and picks up a handful of dirt, bringing it to his nose to smell. He
looks to the side and sees his WOLF OF ROME eagerly watching him, moaning as Maximus studies him. They
steady their gaze connecting with each other as they prepare for battle.
Maximus rises, and turns to Quintus and Valerius. Shaking Quintus' hand Maximus
Quintus then turns to Valerius, shaking his hand, they exchange, "Strength
1.4.7MAXIMUS[As he mounts his horse he looks to Quintus]:
At my signal, unleash hell.
[Maximus rides off. His wolf breaks free from the handler,
charging after Maximus, running along side the horse as Maximus passes the
soldiers who stand as he approaches. In the distance, Marcus continues his
watch over the battlefield.]
1.4.8QUINTUS: Load the
catapults; infantry form up for advance...archers ready.
1.4.9CHIEF ARCHER: Archers!
Nock![Maximus rides up into
the misty forest, streaked with sunlight as it peers through the trees. The
clacking and cawing of wild birds are heard throughout the forest. The cavalry
await Maximus. With his wolf running closely at his side, Maximus reaches the
soldiers and addresses the men....]
Fratres..., three weeks from now I will be harvesting my crops, imagine where
you will be and it will be so. Hold the lines, stay with me. If you find
yourself alone riding in green fields with the sun on your face, do not be troubled,
for you are in Elysium and you're already dead!!!.[The men laugh. The wolf's stare remains fixed on Maximus.]Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity.[A soldier approaches and hands Maximus his plumed helmet.
As Maximus readies for battle, he turns to an archer and nods, giving the
signal to "unleash hell".]
CENTURION: Pull, Pull!
Cohorts, ready sir!
flaming arrow is shot through the grey sky. On the battlefield, as the soldiers
prepare for battle. Quintus positions his helmet on his head as he views the
flaming arrow. The battle begins ...
CENTURION: Archers, ignite!
CENTURION: Archers, draw!
arm raised, holding sword for all to see, Maximus leads the cavalry forward;
their advance increases to a thunderous run, as they move down the hill,
through the trees. On the battlefield, Scorpions fire, onagers let loose,
flaming arrows and defiant cheers from the mob are heard. The archer battle
continues as the cavalry storms down the hill. Black smoke fills the sky.
Fiery clay pots are shot from the catapults, striking the forest where the
barbarians wait, setting it ablaze.
Thousands of arrows are heard and seen swooshing towards
the German lines. The cavalry is seen as they stretch across the forest.
Their speed increases, some riders jump through the fires. Maximus' wolf is
running with the cavalry. Maximus is heard shouting out to his men ...
the line! Hold the line! Stay with me! Stay with me.!"
[III Felix Legion advancing, then
tortoise formation, fire continues to explode onto the trees, as the barbarians
charge. Maximus' wolf leaps through a wall of
flames. The cavalry reaches the Germans as Maximus cries out
The German barbarians turn to see the thundering cavalry
attacking from behind. Swords are flying as they attack each other. Maximus
charges at a barbarian, slicing his head off as his sword becomes impaled in a
tree. Removing another sword from his saddle, Maximus continues the fight but
his horse is felled when a barbarian thrusts a lance in its path causing
Maximus to fall hard, into the mud, amongst the soldiers. Maximus looks
stunned, but as a German attacks him with his axe, Maximus parries each thrust
before lashing out and cutting the German's legs from under him. The German
collapses. Another German charges Maximus, who is still on the ground. Maximus
manages to slide past the oncoming sword thrust. He punches the soldier, than
stabs him. He climbs to his feet, still stabbing at the wounded German. Maximus
starts running, but collides with another legionary. Maximus turns towards the
startled legionary, who can only stand there agape as Maximus
raises his sword in a feral scream. Maximus recognizes the legionary as one of
his own men, and gives him a fierce smile.]
[Scene cuts back to the top of the hill
as Marcus continues his steady watch of the battle. And then, back on
the battlefield. The barbarian warlord is seen finishing off a legionary, but
before he has time to recover, another legionary rushes
and stabs him in the side. The barbarian stumbles, but does not fall. Another
soldier strikes him from the other side, but he still does not fall. Finally, a
soldier strikes him from behind, a vicious thrust from above into his neck. Scene cuts to a centurion who falls from his horse, then back to
Maximus. Maximus punches a German twice, before slashing him across the
chest with his sword. Maximus hears another German's scream coming from behind.
Startled, he turns to see a barbarian, whose clothes and chain mail are aflame,
charging towards him with an axe. Maximus parries the first swing, but goes
down. As the barbarian raises his axe for the final swing, Maximus looks back,
his eyes growing large as death comes close. A charging cavalryman rushes by
with a timely swing of his sword, and the barbarian falls, saving Maximus from
death. Another barbarian sees Maximus and charges, but only to be stopped in
midswing by the WOLF OF ROME,
who leaps at him, biting his hand and fending him off of Maximus. It is a
chaotic scene of soldiers running, wrestling with each other. We hear horses
crying as they struggle within the chaos of the battle. We hear the clashing of
metal as blade hits blade and bone. We hear the wolf's growls in the background
as he continues his attack on the enemy. We see Maximus and other soldiers
stabbing, fighting feverishly. The sucking sound of mud can be heard as they
struggle to keep their balance on the muddy ground of the battle. Wide cut to a
scene with dozens of soldiers fighting, with two standards of the Felix Legion
thrust into the ground. We see one particular scene where a legionary kneels
after stabbing a German, but himself falls as a German
swings a sword at him. Back to Maximus stabbing a soldier, then looking around,
breathless, but looking for more enemies.]
[We see a
scene where a cavalryman falls from his horse, dead, and unhelmed. Another scene with a legionary, crying.Maximus
and another legionary gathering themselves between the standards. The
brutal battle is over, with legionaries wandering, slaying wounded Germans. The
heavy breathing of Maximus can be heard as he raises his sword and cries out, "Roma
Victor!" Other legionaries raise their swords and cheer. Maximus
stands amongst the dead and wounded, the remaining Roman soldiers at his side,
as he raises his sword and, exhausted, again cries out for all to hear....]
guarded armoured wagon, adorned with flags, is slowly moving along. Inside,
Commodus and Lucilla, as they make their way to their father, Marcus Aurelius
you think he's really dying?
He's been dying for ten years.
he weren't really dying he wouldn't have sent for us.
Maybe he just misses us.
And the Senators...he wouldn't have summoned them if....
Peace, Commodus. After two weeks on the road your incessant scheming is hurting
He's made his decision, he's going to announce it! He
will name me .... The first thing I shall do ... when
... is honour him with games worthy of his majesty.
now, the first thing I shall do is have a hot bath.
2.1.9[There is a knock on the wagon as it comes
to a halt. An unseen attendant calls out -"Your Highness".
Commodus steps out.][An attendant announces, "We look to be almost there, Sire,"while a battle weary soldier approaches the wagon bowing and addressing Commodus , "Sire".]
2.1.10COMMODUS [asks the soldier]: Where's the Emperor?
2.1.11SOLDIER: At the front, Sire. They've been gone for 19 days.
The wounded are still coming in.
a word to the weary soldier, Commodus calls to the guard -"My horse!"Commodus
mounts his horse, looks back at Lucilla and hesitantly asks -"Kiss?"to
which she kisses her hand, tossing it his way.]
to the battlefield where the snow continues to fall and the cold wind blows
through the trees and the bones of the men. Maximus, depleted from the battle,
a cut to his check and bridge of the nose, dirtied with mud and splattered with
the blood of the enemy, has found his sword impaled in the tree during battle.
He removes the sword and as he turns, Marcus walks up amidst the soldiers who
stand and bow in his honour. Marcus walks to Maximus who bows as Marcus
have proved your valour yet again, Maximus. Let us hope, for the last time.
There is no one left to fight, Sire.
There is always someone left to fight. How can I reward Rome's greatest General? [The battle weary Maximus, body drained from the exertion of the battle, thinks momentarily and simply replies.]
me go home?
Home. [Marcus and Maximus, walk together through the debris of the battle,
amidst the soldiers who are cheering as they pass. The wind and snow continue
to blow and rustles through the trees. Birds overhead can be heard cawing.]
They honour you, Caesar.
is you, Maximus. They honour you.
stops momentarily and triumphantly raises his sword overhead. The army cheers
even loader. In the distance, Commodus, and his guards, on horseback witness
Maximus with his father, hears the cheers and quickly races down to them.
2.3.1COMMODUS:[Quickly dismounting his horse, he approaches Marcus.]Have I missed it? Have I missed the battle?
have missed the war.
Congratulations. I shall sacrifice 100 bulls to honour your triumph.
the bulls, honour Maximus. He won the battle.
2.3.7COMMODUS: Rome salutes you and I embrace you as a brother. It has been
too long my old friend.
Highness.[Maximus with head bowed. Commodus turns to his
Here, father, take my arm.
2.3.10MARCUS: I think it is time...for me to leave. [Commodus
appears embarrassed that his father would not accept his help, and looks at
Maximus with envy and scorn. Marcus mounts his horse and Maximus quickly hands
his sword to Quintus to assist Marcus in settling onto his horse.]
2.3.11MARCUS [to Maximus]: So much for the glory of Rome.[And Marcus Leaves....]
where party is taking place. The festive musical sounds of drums and flutes can
be heard as laughter and talk fill the air. Maximus enters and washes his hands
in a bowl of water filled with red fragrant flowers. The water has been stained
with their color and unwittingly serve as a reminder
of the blood of the battle.
2.4.1Two soldiers exchange talk, "Well, it was three of our legions against four
thousand of them." Maximus pauses as he looks at
his hands, perhaps from the reminder of the battle or the talk of the men, and
then proceeds into the tent. He looks into the crowd and sees Marcus and
Commodus within but he moves toward Quintus and Valerius....]
General! Still alive?[They
fondly embrace, Max cupping the back of Quintus' head.]
gods must have a sense of humour.
gods must love you. [Maximus greets Valerius who
Back to your barracks, General, or to Rome?
Home. The wife, the son, the harvest.
Maximus the farmer. I still have difficulty imagining that.
know, dirt cleans off a lot easier than blood,
2.4.10COMMODUS:[As he approaches Maximus,]Here he is.
2.4.12COMMODUS:[Making introductions,]Senator Gaius, Senator Falco. Beware of Gaius, he
will pour honeyed potion in your ear and you will wake up one day and all
you'll say is Republic! Republic! Republic!
2.4.13GAIUS: Well, why not? Rome WAS founded as a Republic.
2.4.14COMMODUS: Yes and in a republic, the senate has the power.
But Senator Gaius is not influenced by that, of course.
2.4.15FALCO: Where do you stand General? Emperor
2.4.16MAXIMUS: A soldier has the advantage of being able to look
his enemy in the eye, Senator.
2.4.17GAIUS: But, with an army behind you, you could be extremely
2.4.18COMMODUS: I warned you, but I shall save you. Senators.[He pulls Maximus away, who
glances back uncomfortably at Quintus and Valerius, and they leave the
Senators. Commodus continues his conversation with Maximus.] I'm going to need good men like you.
2.4.19MAXIMUS:[Cautiously asking,]How may I be of service,
2.4.20COMMODUS: You are a man who knows what it is to command.
You give your orders, the orders are obeyed, and the battle is won. But these
senators, they scheme and squabble and flatter and deceive. Maximus we must
save Rome from the politicians.[Glancing over to Marcus and back to Maximus.] Can I count on you, when the time comes?
2.4.21MAXIMUS:[Following Commodus' glance, he
looks at Marcus and back to Commodus.] Highness, when your father releases me I intend to return
2.4.22COMMODUS: Home, well no one has earned it more. Don't get
too comfortable - I may call on you before long. Lucilla is here - did you
know?[A look of concern over Commodus' remarks about
future service, followed with surprise about Lucilla overcome Maximus as
Commodus continues....]She has not
forgotten you. And now you are the great man.
and her maid are seen peering out from their tent to where Commodus and Maximus
talk. Eyeing Maximus, Lucilla murmurs "Maximus". Marcus
enters the tent and they quickly stop when he catches their attention.
only you had been born a man. What a Caesar you would have made.
Father[as she walks to him and
kisses each cheek].
would have been strong. I wonder, would you have been
would have been what you taught me to be.
How was your journey? [They walk, arm in arm.]
Long - uncomfortable. Why have I come?
need your help...with your brother.
loves you, he always has and ... he will need you now, more than ever.[A contemplative pause by Marcus as he says,] Enough of politics.[They continue as they walk arm in arm....] Let us pretend that you are a loving daughter and I am a
2.5.10LUCILLA: This is a pleasant fiction, isn't it?
Marcus's tent where Marcus sits hunched over his desk, writing on a tablet.
Maximus enters and Marcus does not look up
sent for me Caesar?[Receiving no response, Maximus
slightly turns and leans toward the weak and old Marcus.]Caesar?
me again Maximus, why are we here?
the glory of the empire, Sire.
yes, ah yes. [Straightening up from the
desk.]I remember. You see that
map, Maximus? That is the world which I created. For 25 years, I have
conquered, spilt blood, expanded the empire. Since I
became Caesar I have known 4 years without war - 4 years of peace in 20. And for what?[He rises.]I brought the sword, nothing more. [As the
two talk, the sounds from outside can be heard -- the wind howling against the
tent, horses whinny and dogs bark and from inside, the tent creaks as it
strains against the wind.]
2.6.5MAXIMUS: [With a
deep swallow,]Caesar, your life...
Please, please don't call me that. Come, please, come sit. Let us talk,
together now. Very simply, as men. Well, Maximus,
replies]: 5,000 of my men are out there
in the freezing mud. 3,000 of them are bloodied and cleaved. 2,000 will never
leave this place. I will not believe that they fought and died for nothing.
what would you believe?
They fought for YOU and for Rome.
2.6.10MARCUS: And what is Rome, Maximus?
2.6.11MAXIMUS: I have seen much of the rest of the world. It is
brutal and cruel and dark. Rome is the light.
2.6.12MARCUS: Yet you have never been there. You have not seen
what it has become. I am dying,
Maximus. When a man sees his end he
wants to know that there has been some purpose to his life. How will the world
speak my name in years to come? Will I be known as the philosopher, the
warrior, the tyrant. Or will I be the Emperor who gave
Rome back her true self? There was once a dream that was Rome, you could only whisper it. [With a snap of his finger.] Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish. It was
so fragile and I fear that it will not survive the winter.
2.6.13MARCUS: Maximus, let us whisper
now. Together, you and I. You have a son?[Maximus nods.]Tell me
about your home.[Maximus looks surprised at the
invitation to hear of his home, but eagerly and proudly describes it -- a
peaceful happiness overcomes him as he speaks.]
2.6.14MAXIMUS: My house is in the hills above Emerita Augusta. A very simple place ... pink stones that warm in the sun
... kitchen garden that smells of herbs in the day ... jasmine in the evening.
Through the gate is a giant poplar. [His voice accelerates
with the joy of the memory.]Figs, apples, pears.The soil, Marcus,
black ... black like my wife's hair.[Marcus
warmly laughs with Maximus] Grapes on the south slopes, olives on the north. Wild ponies play near my house, they tease my son. [He
rubs his knee in the excitement as he talks.] He wants to be one of them.
2.6.15MARCUS: [Smiling at Maximus as he
listens to him describe his home.]Maximus,
when was the last time you were home?
2.6.16MAXIMUS: 2 years, 264 days and this morning.
2.6.17MARCUS: I envy you, Maximus. It is a good home. Worth fighting for?[Maximus
nods yes and Marcus rises.]There is one
more duty that I ask of you before you go home.[Maximus
quickly rises, the soldier that he is; respectfully, to attention, hands
clasped at his back, ready to accept his assignment.]
2.6.18MAXIMUS: What will you have me do, Caesar?
2.6.19MARCUS: I want you to become the protector of Rome after I die. I will empower you, to one end alone, to give power back to the people of Rome and end the corruption that has crippled it.[Shock and bewilderment overcome Maximus. His deep breathing can be
heard. Receiving no response, Marcus continues.] Will you accept this great honour that I have offered?
2.6.20MAXIMUS: With all my heart, no.
2.6.21MARCUS: [Tenderly holding Maximus'
head with both hands]: Maximus, that is why it must be you.
2.6.22MAXIMUS: But surely a prefect, a senator, somebody who
knows the city, who understands her politics....
2.6.23MARCUS: But you have not been corrupted by her politics. [He
moves away as he pats Maximus' shoulder.]
2.6.24MAXIMUS [Hesitatingly asks]: And Commodus?
2.6.25MARCUS: Commodus is not a moral man,
you have known that since you were young. Commodus cannot rule. He must not
rule. You are the son that I should have had. Commodus will accept my decision.
He knows that you command the loyalty of the army.
2.6.26MAXIMUS [Nearly speechless]: I need some time, Sire.
2.6.27MARCUS: Yes. By sunset, I hope, you will have agreed. Now
embrace me as my son and bring an old man another blanket.
Maximus leaves Marcus' tent he hesitates outside, with a troubled look upon his
face. Lucilla steps out from the adjacent tent. She appears to have been
waiting for him.In
the background can be heard the sounds of anvils clanging as weapons and
saddlery are repaired, dogs barking and horses neighing and the cry of a hawk
father favours you now.
T'was not always so.
Many things change.
Many things, not everything.[Maximus turns to leave.] Maximus, stop. Let me see your face. You seem upset.
lost many men.
What did my father want with you?
wish me well before I leave for home.[Again,
he turns to leave.]
are lying. I could always tell when you were lying because you were never any
good at it.[Maximus looks back at her sharply and approaches.]
3.1.10MAXIMUS: I never acquired your comfort with it.
3.1.11LUCILLA: True. But then you never had to. Life is more simple for a soldier. Or do you think me heartless?
3.1.12MAXIMUS: I think you have a talent for survival.[Again, he turns to leave. Lucilla laughs, wanting to prolong their time
3.1.13LUCILLA: Maximus, stop. Is it really so terrible seeing me
3.1.14MAXIMUS: No. I am tired from battle.
3.1.15LUCILLA: It hurts you to see my father so fragile.[Maximus nods.]
3.1.16LUCILLA: Commodus expects my father to announce succession
within days. Will you serve my brother as you have served my father?
3.1.17MAXIMUS: I will always serve Rome.
3.1.18LUCILLA: You know, I still remember you in my prayers. Oh,
yes I pray.
3.1.19MAXIMUS: I was sad to hear of your husband's death. I
3.1.20LUCILLA: Thank you.
3.1.21MAXIMUS: And I hear you have a son.
3.1.22LUCILLA: Yes, Lucius. He will be nearly 8 years old.
3.1.23MAXIMUS: My son is also nearly 8.[Again,
a moment of peace overcomes him as he speaks of his family.]I thank you for your prayers.[Maximus
leaves Lucilla as she stands alone, looking after him.]
returns to his tent. His servant and friend, Cicero, is preparing a drink for
Maximus. Maximus prays as he kneels in front of the shrine of his Ancestors and
wife and son. The image of his wife can be seen - a statuesque, beautiful woman
with kind eyes, long black hair, and dressed simply, in a peasant frock as
their boy runs off in play.
Ancestors, I ask you for your guidance. Blessed Mother, come to me with the
Gods' desire for my future. Blessed Father, watch over my wife and my son with
a ready sword. Whisper to them that I live only to hold them
again. Ancestors, I honour you and will try to live with the dignity you
have taught me.[Maximus tenderly and longingly kisses the
figurine of his wife, stroking the back of the head. Setting it down, he stands
and moves to sit on a chair as he calls to, Cicero.
Cicero approaches, handing the drink to Maximus. The howl of a dog can be heard
3.2.2MAXIMUS: Cicero. Do you find it hard to do your duty?
3.2.3CICERO: Sometimes I do what I want to do, the rest of the time I
do what I have to.
[rubbing his beard]: We may not
be able to go home after all.
has entered Marcus' tent, a tent adorned with statues and busts of the Caesars.
Gazing at the statue of his father, Commodus reaches up and touches its face as
Marcus enters from behind him
you ready to do your duty for Rome?
3.3.2COMMODUS[with a slight smile on his face]: Yes, father.
will not be Emperor.
3.3.4COMMODUS[the smile quickly vanishes leaving in its place painful bewilderment]: Which wiser, older man is to take my place?
powers will pass to Maximus to hold in trust until the Senate is ready to rule
once more. Rome is to be a Republic again.
Maximus?[Marcus moves his hand to touch Commodus' face and
Commodus pulls away.]
decision disappoints you?
You wrote to me once, listing the four chief virtues -- wisdom, justice,
fortitude, and temperance. As I read the list I knew I had none of them. But I
have other virtues, Father -- ambition, that can be a virtue when it drives us
to excel; resourcefulness; courage, perhaps not on the battlefield but there are
many forms of courage; devotion, to my family, to you. But none of my virtues
were on your list. Even then it was as if you didn't want me for your son.
at Commodus' reaction, Marcus sits]: Oh,
Commodus, you go too far.
3.3.10COMMODUS:[In anguish and tears from the
disappointment of Marcus' decision] I
searched the faces of the gods for ways to please you, to make you proud....
One kind word, one full hug while you pressed me to your chest and held me
tight, would have been like the sun on my heart for a thousand years.... What
is it in me you hate so much? All I ever wanted was to live up to you, Caesar,
3.3.11MARCUS: Commodus, [holding
his fingers to his lips, "shhhhh";
he kneels in front of his son] your faults as a son, is my failure as a father.[He stretches his arms out to Commodus, seeking forgiveness. Commodus
slowly embraces him, together they weep]
3.3.12COMMODUS: Father, I would butcher the whole world if you
would only love me!!![Marcus still kneeling,
Commodus presses his father tightly against his body, smothering him, as Marcus
struggles to be free, but fails. All the while, Commodus cries and moans in
pain, as though a child.]
is sleeping on his cot. The howl of a dog can be heard from outside. Quintus
quietly enters to wake Maximus who quickly brandishes a knife, smiling with a
hint of embarrassment when he sees it is Quintus
Maximus. The Emperor needs you. It is urgent.[Together
they return to Marcus' tent. As Maximus reaches the tent, the tarp is pulled back
and there stands Commodus.]
Lament with me, brother. Our great father is dead.
shocked and untrusting at Commodus, turns to the body of Marcus, placing his
hand to Marcus' forehead and then to the dead Emperor's throat as though to
check for signs of life, and asks,]How
did he die?
The surgeon said there was no pain. His breath gave out as he slept.
[Leaning over Marcus, he whispers as he kisses his forehead,]Father.
Your Emperor asks for your loyalty, Maximus. Take my hand. I only offer it
away from the body of Marcus, looks at Lucilla as she sits in the corner, eyes
moist with grief. Maximus,
looks at Commodus in disbelief, then at his outstretched his hand, looks back
at Lucilla and, ignoring Commodus, walks past him and out of the tent. Maximus
calls to Quintus as he leaves. Commodus turns to Quintus who looks back with a
pained acknowledgment of orders that have already been given. Lucilla steps out
from the corner, turns to Commodus, looks into his eyes, and slaps him twice.
She then raises his hand to her lips, kissing his ring and proclaims, "Hail Caesar".]
Maximus' tent as he rushes in, buckling his armour, Cicero assisting him. Maximus hurriedly calling out
3.5.1LUCILLA: Hail Caesar
must talk to the senators. I need their counsel. Wake Gaius and Falco.
3.5.3CICERO[acknowledging Maximus' orders]:
Gaius and Falco.
3.5.5CICERO: Sword. [Before Cicero can
comply Quintus enters the tent.]
Maximus, please be careful, that was not prudent.
Prudent! The Emperor has been slain.
Emperor died of natural causes.
Quintus, why are you armed?
3.5.10QUINTUS: Guards! [Four guards quickly
enter, spinning Maximus around as they secure him.] Maximus, please don't fight. [As the
guards hold Maximus, Quintus looks away.] I am sorry, Caesar has spoken. [Cicero looks
at Maximus as if to hand him his sword but Maximus shakes his head, no. Quintus
turns to the guards.]
3.5.11QUINTUS: Ride until dawn and then execute him.
3.5.12MAXIMUS: Quintus, look at me. Look at me! Promise me that
you will look after my family.
3.5.13QUINTUS: Your family will meet you in the after life.
[Maximus struggles and one of the guards hits him across the back of the head
with a sword. Quickly, the vision of his wife and son, his land and home, as he
walks through the wheat field, flashes before him.]
the snow covered forest where Maximus is about to be executed. The guards are
leading Maximus, who is now on foot, through the trees. The forest floor is
filled with broken branches, the devastation of the battle, and the bones of
skeletons. As Maximus is led by the executioners, he carefully steps over human
bones and the debris of battle, his hands still tied in front of him. The guard
tells Maximus to "kneel" as he tosses his own helmet to the chief guard. The sounds of wind rustling trees and hawks overhead echo
throughout the forest. As the assassin positions himself, Maximus prays
Father watch over my wife and son. Whisper to them that I
live only to hold them again." Images of his wife, his son, the wheat field come
to him. Maximus asks the chief guard, "At least give me a clean death - a soldier's
chief guard nods yes and the assassin changes position behind Maximus. As the
assassin raises his sword, Maximus leans back and with speed, grabs the sword
by its blade, disarming the assassin. He clubs the chief guard with its handle
and turns to fatally stab the throat of the assassin with its point. He turns
back to the chief guard who is struggling to draw his sword. Maximus, hands
still tied, flips his sword catching the handle in his hands. He looks at the
guard with a crazed glare, announcing,"The frost. Sometimes it makes the blade
With a roar, Maximus swings the sword at the guard, slicing through his helmet
and across his face, instantly killing him. Another guard, on horse, moves
forward and turns as a swishing sound is heard. As he turns towards the
sound, he becomes impaled by a sword that has been flung by Maximus, striking
the guard dead. Maximus turns to the remaining guard who is on horse, drinking
from a bottle of whiskey to warm himself from the cold. Maximus
bellows out, "Praetorian!"
The guard turns to see Maximus standing with a sword. He tosses down the bottle
and rides at him. As the guard approaches, Maximus, at the final moment, jumps
to the other side causing the guard to change moves and at the same time, he
swings his sword at the Praetorian. Maximus stands ready to fight again, but
the Praetorian falls from his horse, having been
fatally wounded. Maximus has been severely wounded to the arm. Having killed
each of the four Praetorian, Maximus takes two horses for his long journey
home.] [After a long run, exhausted and under a full moon, Maximus finally
comes to a rest. He sits fireside, nursing his wound. His mind races with a
mixture of thoughts of his family and of what Marcus earlier asked him.... "When was the last time you were home ... 2
years, 264 days and this morning ... Blessed father, watch over them with a
ready sword ... with the dignity you have taught me ... whisper to them that I
live only to hold them again ... my wife and son with a ready sword ... for all
else is dust and air ... whisper that I live only to hold them again ... for
all else is dust and air."]
3.6.2MAXIMUS:Blessed Father watch over my wife
and son. Whisper to them that I live only to hold them again… At least give me
a clean death - a soldier's death… The frost.
Sometimes it makes the blade stick… Praetorian! When was the last time you were
home ... 2 years, 264 days and this morning ... Blessed father, watch over them
with a ready sword ... with the dignity you have taught me ... whisper to them
that I live only to hold them again ... my wife and son with a ready sword ...
for all else is dust and air ... whisper that I live only to hold them again
... for all else is dust and air.
Maximus continues his journey home on horseback, only one horse remains. He
sits hunched over on the horse, losing consciousness. Maximus has a vision of
his home - wheat fields, his son lunging a white pony
while his wife watches. Suddenly, the vision changes to one of harm, of the
Praetorian riding towards his home. His wife and son hear the horses of the Praetorian
as they approach. Maximus' boy calls out, "Mama, I soldate" (mother, the guards). As the Praetorian get closer, the boy runs towards
them, believing the soldiers to be his father, calling "Papa, Papa". Maximus' wife runs after their son but the guards
do not stop and trample the boy as she looks on helplessly and in shock.
Maximus regains full consciousness. The wound on his arm is bleeding freely.
Maximus rides hard. His horse is sweaty, breathing loudly and exhausted, as it
strains under the run. Nearing his home, black smoke of fires over his home can
be seen. His horse, spent, gives out from under him and falls with a thunderous
thud, throwing Maximus to the dirt as he groans heavily. The vision was real.
Maximus struggles to stand and stumbles the remainder
of the way to his home. As he nears the home, he finds burnt bodies, everything
destroyed and fields smoking. Charred shrubs rustle in the wind. The only sign
of life is that of chickens as they cluck and scatter about. The buzzing sounds
of flies can be heard. In the distance, he sees two bodies hanging overhead. As
he approaches he can identify the bodies to be of his wife and son. He falls to
his knees, crying in disbelief and anguish. He manages to stand and moves
closer, tenderly touching his wife's feet, caressing them as though to comfort
her. But the shock is too great. He falls to the ground, passing out from the
grief. A Bedouin troupe come across the scene and find
Maximus' body, lying on top of the two graves of his wife and son. They are
heard to say, "Hada mish huy?"
(This one's not alive?) ... "Ma adri"
(I don't know.) ..."Huy!" (He's alive!) ... "kalbash'hu'" (shackle him) ... "Hada mish huy" (this one is still alive). Only the sandled feet of the Bedouin can are seen. As they move about,
the rustling of their clothes and tinkling of bells can be heard as they whisk
away the unconscious Maximus. Maximus wakes to find himself on a wagon. He is
slipping in and out of consciousness and into the after life. His eyes closed,
he is floating along the earth. The images of the wall with pink stones, his
home, a white stallion galloping through Elysium and the wheat field flash
before him. He is startled as his hand bumps a stone causing him to return to
this life, dazed and hallucinating. His visions continue, the pink wall, his
hand caressing the tall stalks of wheat, he is chained by the arms, and scenes
of the figurines of his wife and son quickly flash across his mind. The soft
voice of a Numidian slave (later to be known as Juba), is heard, "You will meet them again, but not yet." Maximus awakens to find a monkey sitting on his
legs and Juba watching over him. He looks at his wound which is
infested with maggots and begins to remove them and Juba taps his hand and says, "No, they will clean it. Wait and see." The caravan carrying the slaves winds it way
through the vast desert. Some time later, a lion growls as he awakens and Juba, cautions him, "Don't die. They will feed you to the lions.
They are worth more than we."[Time
passes, Maximus awakens again and looks at his wound, Juba says,]"Better now? Clean. See?"Juba
chews a substance and places the poultice on the gaping wound.
meet them again, but not yet. No, they will clean it. Wait and see. Don't die.
They will feed you to the lions. They are worth more than we.Better now? Clean. See?
4.2In Zucchabar, a RomanProvince, at the bazaar. Proximo sits at a table sipping from a demitasse,
as the Slave Trader approaches to greet him....
TRADER: Proximo, my old friend. The day is a great day when you are here. Today
is your most fortunate day. [Proximo mistrustingly looks at
the slave trader and grabs the trader's crotch. The trader is startled, and
gasps in pain.]
says]: Those giraffes you sold me,
they won't mate. They just walk around eating, not mating. You sold me queer
giraffes. I want my money back.
TRADER: Not a chance. [He grunts as Proximo squeezes
tighter.] I'll do special price for you!
Have you seen my new stock? Come and see them. [Proximo
is interested. He looks back and releases him with one final squeeze. Together
they walk towards the market place.] [SCENE CHANGE - to the
market where the slaves await sale.]
any of them fight? I have a match coming up.
TRADER: Some are good for fighting, others for dying. You need both, I think.
the market where the slaves await sale
any of them fight? I have a match coming up.
TRADER: Some are good for fighting, others for dying. You need both, I think.
4.3.3PROXIMO:[to the Numidian slave] Get up! [Proximo examines him,
slapping his body to check his muscles and inspecting his hands, he asks ....]
What was your trade?
4.3.5JUBA: I was a hunter.
TRADER: No, no, I bought him from a salt mine in Carthage. [The slave trader quickly and
nervously tells him to sit down. Proximo continues to inspect the other slaves
and approaches Maximus.]
[Maximus sits on the dirt, weak and lifeless, leaning against a pole. Proximo
pokes at his gashed arm alongside the SPQR insignia]: The mark of
TRADER: Maybe so but who cares? He's a Spaniard.
will take 6 for 1,000.
4.3.10SLAVE TRADER: 1,000?! The Numidian alone is worth 2,000!
4.3.11PROXIMO [Moves away from the slaves,
pushing Maximus' head forward as he passes.]: These slaves are rotten!
4.3.12SLAVE TRADER: It adds to the flavour! [Proximo
begins to walk away.]
4.3.13SLAVE TRADER: No, no, wait, wait, wait! We can negotiate.
4.3.14PROXIMO: I'll give you 2,000 and 4 for the beasts. That's
5,000 for an old friend.
sits on a cart drawn by white asses and impatiently orders his entourage to
hurry. Closely following is a wagon carrying the newly purchased slaves.
Come on, how long does it take to get into my own house? [The
slaves are trotted into the grounds of Proximo's home, where they stand as
Proximo addresses them. As they stand, they are dusted with lime for pests and
disease. In the background, a lion is seen in a cage as it is being fed human
body parts, while vultures tear at the remains of a pile of corpses. Other
slaves are exercising their skills as one is seen getting impaled with an
am Proximo. I shall be closer to you for the next few days, which will be the
last of your miserable lives, than that bitch of a mother that brought you
screaming into this world. I did not pay good money for you for your company, I paid it so that I could profit from your death
and as your mother was there at your beginning, so I shall be there at your
end. And when you die, and die you shall, your transition shall be to the sound
of [he claps his hands in applause] ...Gladiators, I salute you.
at Proximo's camp as each slave goes up for a test of skill. Proximo sits
surrounded by flamingos and other exotic birds, and can be heard calling out "Red" ... "Yellow". The next fighter is Juba who picks up the wooden sword given to them for
their testing and fiercely fights back as Hagen tests him.
4.5.2HAGEN: [Impressed with the new slave,
4.5.3PROXIMO: Red [Juba
proudly looks at Hagen with
honour at having ranked red.]
4.5.4HAGEN: Spaniard! [As he sits cross legged,
leaning against a wall, Maximus curiously looks at Hagen, walks up, takes the
wooden sword and calmly tosses it to the ground --Maximus refuses to fight.
Hagen looks to Proximo who nods with approval and Hagen slams his sword into
Maximus' stomach causing Maximus to collapse, but Maximus stands back up in
defiance. Hagen hits
him a second time and Maximus falls to the ground. Proximo, puzzled at Maximus'
actions, stops Hagen as he
is about to make the third blow, calling out "That is enough for the moment. His time will
come." Maximus looks at Hagen with a
slight grin and turns and walks away.]
4.5.5HAGEN: [Looking back curiously at
Maximus, continues the testing,]
Next. [SCENE CHANGE - where the slaves are housed, Juba
crouches at the doorway, looks in at Maximus, the "Spaniard", and
asks ... ]
4.5.6JUBA: Spaniard, why don't you fight? We all have to fight.
[Maximus looks at Juba, as he continues to scrape the mark of the Legion (SPQR)†
from his arm with a sharp stone. The pain of his efforts clearly read in his
expression. Juba moves
4.5.7JUBA: Is that a sign of your gods? [Maximus
nods, with a slight sense of humour at the question.] JUBA: Will that not anger them? [Maximus
nods again, his smile very wry as he continues to painfully scrape the insignia
from his flesh.]
Zucchabar as crowds gather at the arena, camels carrying loads of merchandise
to the bizaar and people to the fights while dogs run about, barking. Vultures
circle overhead. Banners fly above the arena flapping in the wind. The slaves,
shackled together to a pole, walk through the market place where, on this day,
dyed red yarn hangs overhead, dripping onto the slaves as they make their way
to the arena. A white bull is seen with red dye poured along its back. Proximo
walks under a large umbrella, to protect himself from
the dripping dye.
4.6.1HAGEN[to Maximus]: The gods favour you. Red is the gods' colour. You will
need their help today. [At the arena, under the
bleachers, the slaves listen to Proximo. Above, the crowd can be heard as they
stamp their feet, cheering. Dust seeps through the boards of the arena, into
the cells. Proximo gives the gladiators a talk of encouragement (after all,
they are there to make him money) before they go out for their first fight.
"Some of you are thinking you won't fight, some that you can't fight. They
all say that until they are out there. Thrust this into another man's
flesh" demonstrating with a sword "and they will applaud and love you for that.
You...you may begin to love them for that." He
slams the blade into the table. "Ultimately,
we're all dead men, sadly we cannot choose how, BUT we can decide how we meet
that end in order that we are remembered as men.".
[Maximus listens closely. Proximo's words are reminiscent
of Marcus' words following the battle at Germania.
"When a man sees his end he wants to know that there has been some purpose
to his life. How will the world speak my name...."
With that, Maximus bends down and picks up a handful of dirt, rubbing it
between his hands. He has decided to fight. They are paired off - red with
yellow. Maximus is paired with Juba.
is paired with a frail and frightened slave. Standing in the dark gateway
before they enter the arena, the frightened slave in front of Maximus loses
control from fear and relieves himself down his leg. Maximus views this and
steps back. Hagen is seen closing his eyes, perhaps in prayer before he
[The door to the arena is thrown open, blinding the slaves
as the sun bursts in. The first fighter (with spiked hair) immediately runs
face first into the morning star which is swung by one of the armoured
opponents. Blood splatters everywhere. The fighters pan out and everyone runs into
the arena. Proximo runs to the edge of the arena to look down onto his
fighters--sizing them up for skill. Juba starts to follow an opponent but
Maximus quickly takes control of the fight, pulling Juba
back. Maximus takes the sword from one opponent before killing him with his
shield. Meanwhile, Hagen
is with the frightened slave who is screaming in fear and crouching down while Hagen
fights. Then the opponent thrusts his sword into the frightened slave, who
falls down dead. Hagen strikes the opponent and, needing to be free from the
corpse, cuts away the chained hand of the dead slave and uses it to swing as a
the fights continue, Hagen is fiercely punching an
opponent and then lifts and plants him on the horns which adorn the arena.
Maximus fights with his shield, Juba with a sword. Together they
fight as one. The shadows on the arena grow larger as the sun lowers. The
deafening cheers of the crowd are never ending. When the final opponent is
reached, Juba, is standing behind Maximus with
his hand on Maximus' shoulder.
The muscular opponent, heavily masked and carrying a
trident, stands fiercely against Maximus and Juba.
Maximus turns the trident back into the opponent and together, Maximus and Juba
spear him in the gut. The opponent withdraws the trident from his own body
and goes back on the attack. Maximus and Juba, working as one, run at the
opponent, using the chain that joins them to cut him at the throat, knocking
him to the ground. Maximus, Juba, and Hagen, having survived the fight, stand exhausted in the arena while the crowd roars.]
grand view of Rome as seen from the steps
of the Senate. The
Roman troops have formed along the streets, people are cheering (yet there is a
small faction seen angrily yelling in dispute), the petals of flowers drift
through the air in celebration of the new Caesar. The senators stand at the
steps of the Senate, waiting, Lucius at their side, as the new Caesar and
Lucilla enter the plaza on chariot surrounded by horse mounted Praetorian.
enters Rome like a conquering hero. But what has he conquered?
him time. He's young. I think he could do very well.
For Rome or for you?
to your mother, Lucius. It's what she would like.[On the
steps, children with bouquets of flowers rise as the new Caesar approaches.
They honour him with the flowers, calling out his name, "Caesar".
Commodus accepts the gifts, and in turn, hands the flowers to the matrons
standing by. Lucius runs to greet his mother. ]
5.1.6LUCILLA: Lucius.[Lucius and Lucilla embrace.]
5.2In the Senate…
5.2.2FALCO: Rome greets her new Emperor. Your loyal subjects bid you
Thank you, Falco, and for the loyal subjects. I trust they were not too expensive.
5.2.4GRACCHUS: Rome rejoices in your return, Caesar. There are many matters
that require your attention.[SCENE
CHANGE - to the Senate where all the senators are gathered.
Senator Gracchus is speaking while Commodus, seemingly bored and gaining
impatient, sits, twirling the tip of his sword on the marbled floor, the
piercing metal sound filling the near quiet room.]
Caesar, the Senate has prepared a series of protocols to address the many
problems in the city, beginning with basic sanitation for the Greek quarter to
combat the plague which is already springing up there. So... [As
Gracchus continues with his speech, Commodus interrupts him....]
Shhhhhh. Don't you see Gracchus. That's the very
problem, isn't it. My father spent all his time at
study, reading books, learning his philosophy. He spent his twilight hours
reading scrolls from the Senate. All the while, the people were forgotten.
The Senate is the people, Sire, chosen from the people, to speak for the
doubt if many people eat so well as you do, Gracchus,
or have such splendid mistresses, Gaius. I think I understand my own people.
Perhaps Caesar would be so kind as to teach us, out of his own extensive
experience. [A slight laughter from the Senators is heard.]
5.2.10COMMODUS: I call it love. The people are my children and I
their father. I shall hold them to my bosom and embrace them tightly....
5.2.11GRACCHUS [as he interrupts]: Have you ever embraced someone dying of plague, Sire? [Commodus
stops. His sword held behind his head with both hands, as though to be resting
his head, slowly turns to Gracchus. The creaking sound of Commodus' leather
Lorica segmentata can be heard as he turns. Lucilla, sensing potential danger,
rises to intervene. A lethal moment.]
5.2.12COMMODUS: No. But if you interrupt me again, I assure you
that you shall. [He leaves the Senate and returns to the
5.2.13LUCILLA: Senator, my brother is very tired. Leave the list
with me. Caesar shall do all that Rome requires.
5.2.14GRACCHUS: My lady, as always your lightest touch commands
5.3At the Palace, Lucilla returns from the Senate where
she meets Commodus, struggling to remove the baldrik from across his neck that
holds his sword. Lucilla assists him
Who would deign to lecture me?
Commodus, the senate has its uses.
What uses? All they do is talk. It should be just ... you and me, and Rome.
Don't even think it. There has always been a senate....
5.3.5COMMODUS:[Taking his place on the throne he continues,]Rome has changed. It takes an Emperor to rule an empire.
course, but leave the people their....
father's war against the barbarians, he said it himself it achieved nothing.
But people still loved him.
5.3.10LUCILLA: People always love victories.
5.3.11COMMODUS: But why? They don't see the battles? What do they
care about Germania?
5.3.12LUCILLA: They care about the greatness of Rome.
5.3.13COMMODUS: The greatness of Rome? But what is that?
5.3.14LUCILLA: It's an idea, greatness. Greatness is a vision.
5.3.15COMMODUS: Exactly. A vision. Do
you not see, Lucilla? I will give the people a vision of Rome and they will love me for it. They will soon forget the
tedious sermonizing of a few dry old men. [He
extends his hand to her and with hesitation, she accepts it. Commodus raises
her hand to his lips and kisses it.] I
will give them the greatest vision of their lives.
entire view of the Colosseum can be seen. The scene then changes to Gaius and
Gracchus where they meet at a restaurant, discussing the games which Commodus
revived to lure the mob. Outside can be seen a juggler, merchants calling out
their wares, and the crowd visiting and moving about. The cheering crowd from
the colosseum can be heard. Gauis, holding a "Gladiatores Violante"
poster, joins Gracchus
Games! 150 days of games!
He's cleverer than I thought.
Clever? The whole of Rome would be laughing at him if they weren't so afraid of his
Fear and wonder. A powerful combination.
you really think the people are going to be seduced by that?
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 of the Senate,
it is the sand of the Colosseum. He will bring them death, and they will love
him for it.
5.5back at Zucchabar. Inside a case,
along the sides, waiting their turn to fight in the arena. Children run
along the top of the cage, tossing flower petals onto the Spaniard. "Spaniard, Spaniard, Spaniard" can be heard from the crowds inside and about the arena
--Maximus has gained the popularity of the crowd as well as a name for
himself--Spaniard. At the end of the cage, sits Maximus, face stern, as he
methodically hones the blade of his sword. His time to fight has arrived.
Maximus stands and walks through the cage. The gladiators sit up and call out
his name, "Spaniard"as as he walks past them, making his way to
the arena for his battle. Maximus enters the ring as the chants"Spaniard, Spaniard" continue. When Maximus steps through the door the
crowd becomes silent, the opponents step back. Maximus pauses and slightly bows
his head. Then he wades into them as the crowd cheers loudly. The opponents
each wait to take on Maximus. Hagen comes to the edge of the arena to peer in
while, from above, Proximo moves to the edge of the arena so that he can look
in at his slave. Without hesitation, Maximus charges forward, machine-like and
without emotion, takes on and disposes of each opponent, one at a time. Facing
his last opponent, he picks up a sword from the dirt. He approaches and stabs
the final opponent with both swords in the chest. Taking a step back, he moves
forward again and removes the swords only to take a scissor-cut to the neck as
he decapitates the opponent's head. Having quickly and soundly defeated his opposition, Maximus looks up at
the crowd, bloody swords still in hand. He hurls one sword high into the
stands, striking a table, startling all nearby. Then, calling out to the now
silenced crowd, Maximus screams at them, "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED??!! ARE YOU NOT
ENTERTAINED??!! Is this not why you are here??" Proximo is seen eyeing the crowd for their
reaction. The crowd silenced, Maximus throws the other sword to the ground,
spitting in disgust and begins to leave the arena. The crowd cheers uncontrollably.
Maximus slows his pace, curiously looking at them in amazement. The crowd
continues their cheers, "Spaniard, Spaniard, Spaniard, Spaniard, Spaniard."…
"Spaniard, Spaniard, Spaniard"
5.5.2MAXIMUS: ARE YOU NOT
ENTERTAINED??!! ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED??!! Is this not why you are here??
"Spaniard, Spaniard, Spaniard"
has been called to Proximo's quarters. He paces back and forth as Proximo
What do you want? Hmmmm?Girl?
sent for me?[He
comes to a halt, arms at his side.]
I did. You are good, Spaniard, but you're not that good. You could be
am required to kill so I kill. That is enough.
That's enough for the provinces but not for Rome [as he
feeds his caged hyena]. The young
Emperor has arranged a series of spectacles to commemorate his father, Marcus
Aurelius. I find that amusing since it was Marcus Aurelius, the wise, the all
knowing Marcus Aurelius, who closed us down. So finally after 5 years of
scratching a living in flea infested villages we are finally going back to
where we belong, the Colosseum.[He breaths deeply, excited, as though he could smell the
Colosseum.]Oh you should see the Colosseum, Spaniard. 50,000 Romans watching every movement of your sword, willing you to
make the killer blow. The silence before you strike, and the noise
afterwards, it rises, rises up like...like...like a storm, as if you were the
Thunder God himself.
were a gladiator?
Yes, I was[responding
nervously but proudly in the memory of his time gone by].
won your freedom?
long time ago the emperor Marcus Aurelius presented me with a Rudius - it's
just a wooden sword, a symbol of your freedom. He touched me on the shoulder,
and I was free. [Maximus glances at the wooden sword.]
5.6.10MAXIMUS: You knew Marcus Aurelius?
[Maximus asks loudly, laughing as he speaks, doubting that Proximo could have
known such a man.]
5.6.11PROXIMO: I did not say I knew him. I said he touched me on
the shoulder once. [Maximus comes closer to Proximo, lowering
his voice as he speaks.]
5.6.12MAXIMUS: You asked me what I want. I, too, want to stand in
front of the Emperor, as you did.[Raising
his left eyebrow.]
5.6.13PROXIMO: Then listen to me. Learn from me. I wasn't the
best because I killed quickly. I was the best because the crowd loved me. Win
the crowd and you win your freedom. [As Maximus takes
on his new assignment, he stands at attention, hands clasped behind him, as the
soldier he was for so many years, but at the mention of freedom, he is
indifferent for without his family, what is freedom?]
will win the crowd. I will give them something they have never seen before.
5.6.15PROXIMO: Haaa! So, Spaniard, we shall go to Rome together and have bloody adventures and the great whore
will suckle us until we are fat and happy and can suckle no more. And then,
when enough men have died, perhaps you will have your freedom. Here, use
[Proximo tosses Maximus a body shield of armour. As Maximus leaves, Proximo
turns to look out the window, raising his arms in jubilee.]
rooftop, the slaves talk with each other as they look out over the vast desert,
under blue skies. Juba and
Maximus, alone, together..
5.7.1JUBA: It is somewhere out there, my country, my home. My wife
is preparing food. My daughters carry water from the river. Will I ever see
them again. I think not.
you believe you will see them again when you die?
5.7.3JUBA: I think so, but then, I will die soon. They will not die
for many years. I will have to wait.
5.7.5JUBA: Of course.
see, my wife and my son are already waiting for me.
5.7.7JUBA: You will meet them again. But not yet. [Juba shakes
Maximus' hand as if to assure him that the time will come.] Not yet.
yet. Not yet.
view of the sky filled with rolling storm clouds, thunder in the distance. On
the road to Rome,
the wagon carrying the gladiators rolls along while children laugh as they run
through the field to reach the side of the road to witness the caravan. In the distance, Rome and the Colosseum. Gladiators have arrived in Rome for their first time. The wagon travels through
the noisy streets until it reaches the gladiator school where it stops and the
guard shouts "out!" and opens the wagon gates. The gladiators exit the
wagon. As the guards and other gladiators come out to size up the new
gladiators, Proximo walks up to the statue of Mars, kissing his hand and then
planting the kiss on the foot of the statue. "Good to see you again, old friend.... Bring
me fortune." The
gladiators stare in awe at the Colosseum ....a graceful flock of birds fill the sky as they pass across
5.8.2PROXIMO: Good to see you again, old
friend.... Bring me fortune.
5.8.3JUBA: Did you ever see anything like that before? I didn't know
man could build such things. [Maximus shakes his head no.]
walks towards the gladiators, looking at Maximus] : Win the crowd.
closely stands over the sleeping Lucius studying him as he sleeps. Lucilla
sleeps so well because he is loved.
Come brother, it is late. [Lucilla and Commodus step
away and continue their talk. Commodus leans over his desk.]
will make Rome the wonder of the ages. That is what Gracchus and his
friends don't understand. All my desires are splitting my head into pieces.
mixed a powdered drink.] Commodus,
drink this tonic.
think the time is almost right? I could announce the dissolution of the senate
in celebration to honour our father. Do you think I should...are the people
think you need your rest now.
Will you stay with me?
afraid of the dark, brother?
Still? Always. Stay with me tonight?
know I won't.
Then kiss me.
pauses, looking at Commodus and then places her hands on each side of his face,
bringing it closer to her lips as she kisses his forehead.] Sleep, brother.
gladiators are taken to the Colosseum, they walk through the crowded streets,
shackled together. A cacophony of sounds fill the air -- the hissing of the
fire eater street entertainer, horses whinny, dogs bark, an elephant roars,
vendors call out their wares, the crowds surrounding the Colosseum laugh and
shout, as the crowd from within the Colosseum cheer. Beautiful prostitutes
throw their arms around the gladiators, whispering in their ears as they pass.
One prostitute in a red dress and black hair locks onto Maximus, kissing his
cheek leaving Maximus with a look of embarrassment and amusement as they
continue to walk past them. Outside the Colosseum, crowds are betting and
posting their marks on a chalk board. Proximo & Cassius discuss the
Emperor wants battles and I don't want to sacrifice my best fighters.
crowd wants battles so the Emperor gives them battles. You get the battle of Carthage.
massacre of Carthage! [As they walk through the
crowded room, Proximo calls out "Guten
Tag" (how do you do?) as he sees an old
acquaintenance and resumes his talk with Cassius.] Why don't you round up all the beggars and thieves from
We've done that.
you're going to give away the best gladiators in the empire, then I want double
You'll get your contract rates or you will get your contract canceled. If you
don't like it, then you can crawl back down that shit hole that you came from.
Legionnaires of Scipio Africanus battle is in preparation. Young Lucius is
walking along the cells where the gladiators are placed on display for the
crowd's inspection. Lucius stops in front of Proximo's group and motions to
Maximus, where he is seated at the back of his cell. With a glint of surprise
and curiosity, Maximus rises and moves toward the young boy, placing his hands
on the bars, leaning down towards him.
Gladiator, are you the one they call the Spaniard?
said you were a giant. They said you could crush a man's skull with one hand.
Man's? No. A boy's...[as he
looks at his hand and responds, teasingly]
6.2.5LUCIUS:[Eyeing Maximus' chest armour he asks,] They have good horses in Spain?
Some of the best. This is Argento. This is Scato
[pointing to each horse]. They were
my horses. They were taken from me?.
like you, Spaniard. I shall cheer for you.
They let you watch the games?
uncle says it makes me strong.
what does your father say?
father is dead.
Master Lucius, it is time.
have to go.
Your name is Lucius?
6.2.15LUCIUS: Lucius Verus. After my father.
[Realizing he has come closer to Commodus, Maximus withdraws into the shadows
of the corner, his eyes darting through the crowd to see who might be in the
the bowels of the Colosseum -- sounds of anvils clanging and animals roaring
are heard. As one team of gladiators descends on the platform lift, Proximo's
gladiators are selecting helmets and receiving spears. Maximus selects an
ominous mask-like helmet that covers his face leaving his eyes to pierce
through. The head gladiator calls out instructions before they enter the arena,"When the Emperor enters, raise your weapons, salute him and then
speak together. Face the Emperor and don't turn your back on him. Go and die
Maximus takes a deep breath as the gladiators trot up the ramp into the arena.
The crowd is cheering madly. Trumpets are heard. Sticks are drummed by the
musicians, adding to the musical sounds of the Colosseum. The gladiators look
up, amazed at the overwhelming size of the arena and crowd. As Commodus and
Lucilla enter the Emperor's box, the crowd calls out, "Caesar, Caesar, Caesar". The gladiators position themselves in front of
Caesar. Maximus' grip on his spear tightens and opens as he waits the unknown.
The gladiators, together, proclaim to Caesar, "We who are about to die, salute you". Only one gladiator refuses to make such a salute
"When the Emperor enters, raise your weapons,
salute him and then speak together. Face the Emperor and don't turn your back
on him. Go and die with honour."
Caesar, Caesar, Caesar!
6.3.3GLADIATORES: We who are about to die,
orator, high in the stands, announces the battle] :On this day we reach back to hallowed antiquity to bring
you a recreation of a second Fall of Mighty Carthage. On the barren straits of Zama, there stood the invincible armies of the Barbarian
Hannibal. Ferocious mercenaries and warriors from all brute nations bent on
merciless destruction conquest. Your Emperor is pleased to give you THE BARBARIAN HORDE![On the arena floor, Maximus
talks to the Gladiators, instructing them.]
Anyone here been in the army?
#2: I served with you in Vindobona.
can help me. Whatever comes out of these gates, we've got a better chance of
survival if we work together. Do you understand? We stay together, we survive.
[As Maximus talks to the gladiators, Cassius is announcing
the battle ..."the
Emperor is pleased to bring you the LEGIONNAIRES
OF SCIPIO AFRICANUS".The gates
burst open as the glorius chariots explode into the arena, one at a time.
Leopard skins drape the shoulders of the chariot drivers. Each chariot carries
a female warrior in golden armour and golden helmet, armed with bows and
wearing swords at their waists. The chariots are driven at great speed as they
circle the "Barbarians" who gather in the center of the arena.
Proximo is seen coming to a viewing box to watch his gladiators. The
Legionnaires start an immediate attack. A chariot crushes one gladiator.
Maximus calls to the Barbarians, "Stay close."One
who does not is killed with an arrow. Another who does not is Hagen.
An arrow is fired at him and he catches it on his shield. Commodus can be seen
and heard in his viewing box, laughing at the brutal attacks. Maximus can be
heard commanding the Barbarians as the Legionnaires attack, "Come
together...stay close...lock your shields, stay as one ....."]
[The Barbarians group together, kneel and form a circle,
backs to each other, their shields locked edge to edge. Maximus stands in the
middle of the circle, Juba's back to Maximus', guarding each other's backs. One of the chariots circles ever closer to the locked shields and
Maximus shouts "hold ... hold ... as one."The chariot rumbles by, brushing
against the shields with its bladed wheels - the Barbarians hold firm! Maximus calls out, "Well
[Still huddled in their circle, another chariot heads
towards them and as it nears, Maximus is heard calling out, "Hold
... Diamond! Diamond!"The Barbarians nearest the
chariot do as ordered, change their positions and the
angles of their shields. The chariot's wheels ride up on the shields,
unbalancing the chariot so that it heels over on its side. The Legionnaire is
sent flying to the ground as the chariot slides on its side away from the circle.
Commodus has a look of surprise and disappointment at the Barbarian's
rushes to the fallen chariot and kicks the Legionnaire who attempts to stand.
From another chariot, the Legionnaire shoots Hagen
in the calf. Hagen
grabs his calf in pain, unaware that a chariot is bearing down on him. From the
group, Maximus calls the warning "Hagen!"but he doesn't hear so Maximus
runs at him, knocking him down so that the wheel's blades pass harmlessly over
them. Maximus quickly jumps up and continues the battle while the chariot
continues. A Legionnaire is thrown from one chariot as it crashes. As she
raises her body in a kneeling position, her body is severed in two, at the
waist, by another chariot's blades.]
[One of the Legionnaires throws her spear and it imbeds in
the chest of one of the loner Barbarians. Commodus laughs with glee. Juba
throws his spear and kills the driver of one of the chariots. The chariot runs
uncontrolled with the Legionnaire frantically scrambling for the fallen reins.
The chariot crashes into one of the gated tunnels, tumbling, horse and all,
exploding in the violent crash.]
[Another chariot breaks a wheel, losses control and is
overturned, rapidly sliding across the sand, crushing its driver as the chariot
crashes against the arena wall. Commodus and Lucius run to the edge of the
imperial box to view the wreckage. Meanwhile, without hesitation, Maximus
continues to call out orders, "This column
to the chariot. This column stay with me."
The Barbarians run to the disabled chariot. Maximus and that column cut the
chariot horse free and Maximus mounts. During this time, one of the
Legionnaires from a crashed chariot is shooting at the group with a weapon that
fires multiple arrows. Juba attacks, backhanding the warrior and knocking her
to the ground. He kills her with the spike of his helmet. Maximus snatches a
spear imbedded in the ground and rides fiercely after one of the remaining
chariots. The Legionnaire throws a spear at Maximus who dodges the attack. Maximus
throws his spear in return, killing the Legionnaire. He rides hard, passing the
chariot, with Maximus in the lead, they move towards the wreckage that has been
positioned by the Barbarian column. Maximus and his horse jump the wreckage.
His vision obscured by Maximus and his horse, the driver cannot avoid crashing
into the wreckage. The Barbarians kill the driver.]
[As Maximus rides past Juba,
he calls out, "Maximus"
as he tosses one of the Legionnaires' swords† pulled from the wreckage to
Maximus. Maximus catches and brandishes the blade and rides away.] [Maximus is
shown at the main gate to the arena on horseback. The last two chariots are
lined up coming directly toward him. He points with his sword to his right and
commands, "Single column!"
He points with his sword to his left and commands, "Single
The Barbarians go to the outside of each chariot, the right and left
respectively and begin to engage the chariots' occupants. Maximus roars as he
charges down the middle. He beheads the Legionnaire on his right with a
sweeping blow. With a backhand blow, he beheads the Legionnaire on his left. Juba
drag the drivers out of their chariots and kill them with their own swords.
Proximo is shown, thrilled at the win of his gladiators.]
the Emperor is pleased to bring you the LEGIONNAIRES OF SCIPIO AFRICANUS
6.3.10MAXIMUS: Stay close …Come together...stay close...lock your shields, stay as one
... hold ... hold ... as one… Well done ..Hold ... Diamond! Diamond! Hagen! This column to the chariot. This
column stay with me
6.3.12MAXIMUS: Single column! Single column!
won the battle, Maximus is shown in triumph, again in front of the main gate,
as his beautiful white horse pirouettes into position. Maximus raises his sword
in victory as the cheers from the Barbarians and crowd explode. Juba's victorious cheer is heard. Maximus rides forward
and tosses back with a flip, his sword, snatching up a spear imbedded in the
ground. He rides toward the imperial box and stops in front of it. Maximus
raises the spear to shoulder height. His hand grips and relaxes on the handle
of the spear as he appears to be looking for the opportunity to kill Commodus
but the aim is not clear. Commodus is seen talking to Cassius.
history's a little hazy Cassius, but shouldn't the Barbarians lose the battle
Yes, Sire. Forgive me, Sire.
No, I rather enjoy surprises. Who is he?
They call him the Spaniard, Sire.
think I'll meet him.
Yes, Sire. [Disappointed that he cannot kill Commodus with his
spear, he tosses the spear away, dismounts and joins the gladiators. Praetorian
enter the arena. Not understanding why the guards
enter, the gladiators stand ready to defend themselves.]
PRAETORIAN: Drop your weapons.[Maximus nods to the gladiators
and they drop their weapons.]
Gladiator, the Emperor has asked for you.
at the Emperor's service.[Commodus enters the arena.
Maximus eyes an arrow in the dirt amongst the bloodied debris and kneels to pick
it up. The gladiators follow Maximus' action and also kneel as Commodus
approaches, instructing the gladiators to"Rise, rise."Lucius
enters behind Commodus and Maximus looks disappointed. He does not want to
attempt an attack on Commodus with the boy so close.]
6.4.10PRETORIAN: Rise! Rise
6.4.11COMMODUS: Your fame is well deserved, Spaniard. I don't
think there has ever been a gladiator to match you. As for this young man[Commodus cradling Lucius in front of him], he insists you are Hector reborn, or was it Hercules. Why
doesn't the hero reveal himself and tell us all your
real name. You do have a name...?
6.4.12MAXIMUS: My name is gladiator. [Maximus
slowly turns away from Commodus and begins to walk back to the other
6.4.13COMMODUS: How dare you show your back to me.
SLAVE! You will remove your helmet and tell me your name...[The
Praetorian take a ready-stand, and the gladiators,
without weapons, move forward ready to fight with Maximus. Maximus
stops, takes a deep breath, removes his helmet, and turns to face Commodus.]
6.4.14MAXIMUS: My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius. Commander of
the armies of the North, general of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the
true emperor Marcus Aurelius, father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered
wife, and I will have my vengeance in this life or the next.
is clearly in shock and without words. Quintus stands ready. Commodus stumbles
in his actions, slightly turning to Quintus as though seeking help. Quintus
orders "Arms" and the Praetorian pull their swords. Meanwhile,
at Caesar's box, Lucilla has risen to her feet in disbelief at the sight of
Maximus, relieved that he is still alive.
Live, Live, Live...!
Shhh! [--in an effort to calm the crowd. Commodus raises
his hand, struggling to give the thumbs up for he would much prefer to give the
thumbs down. Extending his thumb up, to the pleasure and
cheers of the crowd, Commodus turns and leaves, sending a look to Maximus as
though to say, this is not over. The Praetorian leave,
as well. Maximus looks at Quintus, holds his fist to his heart and slightly
bows his head, acknowledging an old friend, an old soldier. Quintus stares back
and slowly backs away from Maximus.] [As he's done in all his victories,
Maximus extends his arm up over his head, raising his helmet to the roaring
cheers of the gladiators and the crowd. Maximus and the other gladiators leave
the arena to be returned to the underground cells. They are lowered on the
platform as the other gladiators salute with cheers the winning
"Barbarians", and in particular, Maximus. Their shouts of
Maximus, Maximus" cause the deafening cheers to
echo throughout. Maximus stands in the midst of all the gladiators who
triumphantly fought and beat the Legionnaires. A slightly
smaller man, yet appearing larger than all.]
to the Palace where Commodus is signing papers. Lucilla walks in. Without looking up, Commodus
asks Lucilla …
6.6.1COMMODUS: Why is he still alive?
shouldn't be alive. This vexes me. I am terribly vexed. [He
sits back in his chair.] I did what I
had to do. Had father had his way, the empire would have been torn apart. You
do see that?
What did you feel when you saw him?
6.6.6LUCILLA:[Holding back emotion, she replies,] I felt nothing.
wounded you deeply, didn't he?
more than I wounded him.
They lied to me in Germania. They told me he was dead. If they lie to me they don't
respect me. If they don't respect me then how can they ever love me?
6.6.10LUCILLA: Then you must let the legions know that treachery
will not go unpunished.
6.6.11COMMODUS: Poor, Sister, I wouldn't want to be your enemy.
6.6.12LUCILLA [pauses and then asks]: What will you do?[Commodus looks back
saying nothing, holding his finger to his lips as though to say,
7.1to the cells where the gladiators are. Maximus is
taken by two guards from his cell to another where he is chained by his wrists
to the wall. The guards leave and out from a dark corner appears Lucilla, as
she moves toward Maximus
Rich matrons pay well to be pleasured by the bravest champions.
7.1.2MAXIMUS[Viciously responds]: I knew
your brother would send assassins. I didn't realize he would send his best. [He
charges at her, the chains restraining him.]
Maximus, he doesn't know.
family was burned and crucified while they were still alive.
Don't lie to me! [He turns away slightly.]
closer]: I wept for them.[Maximus quickly reaches out and grabs her by the throat.]
you wept for your father? As you wept for your father?
have been living in a prison of fear since that day. To be
unable to mourn your father for fear of your brother.To
live in terror every moment of every day, because your son is heir to the
throne. Oh, I have wept.
7.1.10MAXIMUS: My son was innocent.
7.1.11LUCILLA: So is mine. Must my son die, too, before you will
trust me?[Maximus releases his hold on her throat.]
7.1.12MAXIMUS: What does it matter if I trust you or not?
7.1.13LUCILLA: The gods have spared you. Don't you understand?
Today I saw a slave become more powerful than the Emperor of Rome.
7.1.14MAXIMUS: The gods have spared me? I am at their mercy with
the power only to amuse a mob.
7.1.15LUCILLA: That is power. The mob is Rome. And while Commodus controls them he controls everything.
Listen to me. My brother has enemies, most of all in the senate. But while the
people follow him, no one would dare stand up to him until you.
7.1.16MAXIMUS: They oppose him, yet they do nothing.
7.1.17LUCILLA: There are some politicians who have dedicated
their lives to Rome. One man above all. If I can arrange it, will you meet
7.1.18MAXIMUS: Do you not understand? I may die in this cell
tonight or in the arena tomorrow. I am a slave! What possible difference can I
7.1.19LUCILLA: This man wants what you want.
7.1.20MAXIMUS [Roars back,]: Then have him kill Commodus!
7.1.21LUCILLA: : I knew a man once. A noble man. A man of principle, who loved my father and my father loved him. This man served Rome well.
7.1.22MAXIMUS: That man is gone. Your brother did his work well.
7.1.23LUCILLA: Let me help you.
7.1.24MAXIMUS[lowers his voice to nearly a
whisper and steps closer to Lucilla]:
Yes. You can help me. Forget you ever knew me. Never come here again. Guard!
The lady has finished with me.[Lucilla's eyes slightly tear
as she stands helplessly, staring at Maximus.]
the gladiator school.
Gladiators sit at a table playing a game with a cobra snake. Elsewhere,
Maximus, Juba and Hagen sit together. Juba and Hagen eat their bread and beans…
7.2.1HAGEN: Maximus, you commanded legions? Had many victories?
7.2.3HAGEN: In Germania?
many countries. [The cook calls out..
Maximus goes to him where he is handed a bowl of
beans. Maximus returns to the table. Sensing the watchful eye of Juba, he
looks up to see Juba who
cautions Maximus by slightly shaking his head "no". Maximus holds
back and does not eat the food. Hagen, seeing that Maximus is cautious about
the food, takes his own spoon and dips it into Maximus' bowl, and then places
the spoon in his own mouth. Hagen suddenly begins to gasp and choke, he grabs
his throat as Maximus and Juba look
on in shock. Hagen then
begins to laugh. Juba and
Maximus laugh with relief. Maximus returns to his food but looks up at Juba with a
look of doubt...not for that moment but for what lies ahead.]
7.2.6JUBA: You have a great name. He must kill your name before he
the Colosseum, as the senators are gathering for the
upcoming fight. Senator Gracchus is about to be seated
Senator Gracchus. I don't often see you enjoying the pleasures of the vulgar
Well. I do not pretend to be a man of the people, Senator. But I do try to be a
man for the people.[Wagons
enter the arena tossing bread and fruit at the crowd as they cheer. Caesar
enters the arena, accepting the cheers from the crowd. Atop in the stands,
stands Cassius adorned in red wig, as he introduces the upcoming fight while
the crowd calls out…]
"Caesar, Caesar, Caesar."
People of Rome. On the 4th day of Antioch, we can celebrate the 64th day of the games. And in his
majestic charity, the Emperor has deigned this day to favour the people of Rome with an historical final match. Returning to the Colosseum
today after five years in retirement, Caesar, is pleased to bring you the only
undefeated champion in Roman history, the legendary...Tigris of Gaul!
from the tunnel comes Tigris on his grand chariot, wearing a
full headed, silver helmet, entering the arena to the cheers of the crowd.
And in the crowd Cicero, Maximus' servant from the Germania battle, sits anxiously, waiting
to see Maximus.]
[to the bowels of the Colosseum
where the gladiators are held as they wait their turn in the arena. Maximus
stands in the tunnel, shadows cast darkly upon him, as he practices, agile as
he is, with his sword awaiting his entrance to the arena. Proximo,
standing at the bottom of the tunnel with the other fighters, calls up to
Maximus and Maximus calls back.]
knows too well how to manipulate a mob.
Marcus Aurelius had a dream that was Rome, Proximo. This is not it. This is not it!
Marcus Aurelius is dead, Maximus. We mortals are but shadows and dust, shadows
and dust, Maximus. [Maximus stands ready to enter
the arena, the gates are opened and the voice of the announcer, Cassius, can be
7.3.8CASSIUS:"Representing the training lyceum of Antonius Proximo,
Caesar is proud to give you Aelius Maximus." With
that, Maximus walks out onto the arena floor, shield in one hand, sword in the other. The crowd cheers. Proximo stops as he
hears his name announced in the Colosseum, bringing back memories.]
[Commodus, Lucilla, Lucius and Quintus watch from the
Emperor's box as Maximus and Tigris
are introduced to the crowd. On the arena floor, Maximus plants his sword in
the sand and bends down in his ritual way, to collect in his hands a sampling
of dirt. Cicero is again seen in the stands, this time, slightly smiling,
relieved to see the General. At the Emperor's box, Lucilla holds back all
emotion. The crowd calling out…]
7.3.10COMMODUS: They embrace him like he's one of their own.
7.3.11LUCILLA: The mob is fickle brother. He'll be forgotten in a
7.3.12COMMODUS: No, much sooner than that. It has been arranged.
[Back on the arena floor, Tigris
turns to Caesar's box, with swords crossed, he bows,
7.3.13"We who are about to die salute you."Maximus stands by, showing no salute whatsoever. As
Maximus gets ready to fight, the large doors to the arena are thrown open,
surprising Maximus. From each door emerges a team of men, who run into the
arena. Each team picks up a chain from the sand. Maximus becomes distracted. Tigris
kicks sand into Maximus' face and begins the fight with his sword followed
immediately with a fierce kick to the chest. Maximus is thrown to the ground
and rolls out of the way of an opening trap door as large tiger jumps out,
pouncing at the fighting gladiators. Maximus is now having
to escape the claws of the tigers as he battles Tigris.
Another tiger pounces at Maximus who deflects the attack with his shield.
Maximus' roars can be heard as he does battle. In the background can be heard
7.3.14"loose, loose, loose"and"pull, pull, pull"as the handlers coordinate their efforts in handling each
of the tigers that are now on the arena floor growling and charging at Maximus.
As the fight continues, each fighter gives fierceful blows to the other. The
trap doors open as Maximus gets closer and the tigers jump out, swiping at
Maximus with their large paws. He falls to the ground and makes a full roll to
get away from the tigers]
[Maximus manages to disarm Tigris with a fierce blow of his
shield to his face, switching his sword from one hand to the other, Maximus
stands ready to finish off Tigris.
Suddenly, a fourth tiger jumps out of a trap door and jumps at Maximus. In that
split second, Maximus turns and the tiger is speared with his sword. Maximus is
thrown to the sand as the large beast lays atop him.
Maximus stabs the beast repeatedly, killing it. The crowds cheer wildly. Tigris
moves in for an attack. Maximus, on his back with the beast still on him,
manages to grab Tigris' axe, again hits Tigris' face shield and with great
force and a fierce roar spikes Tigris in the foot. Tigris bends over in pain,
blood pouring from the opening of his mask. Maximus stands and kicks Tigris'
chest, knocking him to the ground. He is finished! The crowd cheers
7.3.15CROWD: "kill, kill, kill". With ax in hand, standing over the fallen Tigris, he
slides open the silver mask exposing Tigris'
bloodied face. ]
[Maximus looks up at Commodus. The Emperor is clearly
disappointed that his plan has failed. Commodus stands,
arm extended and slowly shows a "thumb down". Maximus lifts the axe
over his head, ready to kill Tigris
then suddenly tosses the axe aside--in defiance of Commodus but, also, finished
with the killing. The senators sit in their box, silent, watching each other in
astonishment. From the crowd can be heard
Maximus the merciful."Commodus displays a hint of a false smile as though to
prevent the crowd from truly knowing the hate he feels for Maximus and to guard
himself from the knowledge of his failure. Commodus leaves the box.]
[Maximus is about to exit the arena, the Praetorian enter
and encircle him as Commodus enters the arena to boos from the crowd and
7.3.17COMMODUS: What am I going to do with you, you simply
won't...die. Are we so different, you and I? You take life when you have to, as
I do.[Exhausted from the fight, Maximus coldly stares at
7.3.18MAXIMUS: I only have one more life to take and then it is
7.3.19COMMODUS: Then take it now. [Maximus glances up at Lucilla as she sits in the Emperor's box, and
then to the Praetorian as they stand guard around the two.
Maximus calmly turns to walk away....]
7.3.20COMMODUS: They tell me your son[Maximus
slowly turns back to him]squealed
like a girl when they nailed him to the cross.... [the pain of reliving the heinous act washes across his face]. And your wife, moaned like a whore when they ravaged her
again, and again, and again.
7.3.21MAXIMUS [exhibiting extreme but calm
restraint]: The time for honouring
yourself will soon be at an end, Highness. [Maximus
slowly turns away from Commodus, the Praetorian step aside and let Maximus
pass. He leaves the arena. Commodus is left with a look of surprise.]
the streets as Maximus is taken by two guards, back to the gladiator school.
Proximo follows behind, shielded under his large umbrella. They pass through
the streets adjacent the Colosseum. A large crowd of fans are waiting for
Maximus, chanting his name and waving banners displaying "Maximvs".
In the crowd is Cicero.
Cicero tries to catch the attention of Maximus, his arm
stretched out, holding a small leather pouch, and crying out his name.
At last, Maximus sees him and with joy, calls back…
8.1.1CICERO: General! General! General!
"Cicero!" Cicero runs through the crowd
calling after him, trying desperately to get closer to his master. Maximus
struggles to get near but the guards are staying close, holding back the
crowds. - Where are you camped?
8.1.3CICERO: Ostia ![Finally,
after several attempts, Cicero hides
behind a prostitute who is also vying for Maximus' attention. This time,
Maximus gets close to Cicero and
they reach out to each other.]
Tell the men the general lives. Find me, find me![The
guards call out
"Go. Move along. Move along." As they
pull Maximus away from Cicero, he
manages to give Maximus the pouch he was carrying. Maximus hides it inside his
in his cell, Maximus eagerly opens the leather pouch handed to him by Cicero, inside he finds the two figurines of his wife and
son. He looks at them longingly, kissing tenderly the figurine of his wife, as
though she were there to receive his affection and love. Juba approaches.
8.2.1JUBA: Can they hear you? [Maximus
turns his head towards Juba, his
eyes moist from the happiness of his reunion with his family through the
figurines and responds to Juba.]
8.2.3JUBA: Your family, in the after life?
8.2.5JUBA: What do you say to them?
my boy, I tell him I will see him again soon, and to keep his heels down when
he's riding his horse. [Maximus continues with a smile
as he grasps the figurines tighter,]To my wife...that is not your business.[Together
they laugh. Maximus holds tight his belongings, sending a look of victory to Juba. A
look of peace settles on his face as he clutches the figurines.]
at the Palace, Commodus, in a child-like pouty fashion, is talking with Senator
And now they love Maximus for his mercy, so I can't just kill him or it makes
me even more unmerciful. The whole thing is like a great...nightmare.
8.3.2FALCO: He is
defying you. His every victory is an act of defiance, the mob sees this, and so
do the Senate. Every day he lives they grow bolder. Kill him!
No! I will not make a martyr of him.
have been told of a certain sea snake which has a very unusual method of
attracting its prey. It will lie at the bottom of the ocean as if wounded, then
its enemies will approach and yet it will lie quite still and then its enemies
will take little bites of it and yet it remains still.
So, we will lie still and let our enemies come to us and nibble. .... Have
every senator followed.
following day, gladiators are training inside the gladiator school. Maximus
walks through the camp, making his way to a gate where the crowds watch the
gladiators on display. Maximus passes a guard who calls him by name. He nods in
recognition of the guard. Maximus reaches the gate where Cicero is waiting. Placing his hand behind Cicero's head, clasping his hand with the other, they
Cicero, my old friend! I thought I had seen you for the last time.
8.4.2CICERO: We thought you were dead!
Close. How long have the men been in Ostia?
8.4.4CICERO: All winter.
do they look?
8.4.6CICERO: Fat and bored.
is in command?
8.4.8CICERO: Some fool from Rome
soon do you think they could be ready to fight?
8.4.10CICERO: For you, tomorrow.
8.4.11MAXIMUS: I need you to do something for me.
the city at the bazaar, as Cicero waits, anxiously looking about the street, a
children's play is underway -- A Cassius impersonator entertains the crowd…
8.5.1IMPERSONATOR:Come! Be seated. If you haven't been in the arena, you can
see it from here. The Giant Maximus is defeating our Emperor Commodus. What are
we do to?" The
crowd laughs and cheers [Suddenly, Cicero eyes
Lucilla as she is carried on her litter through the crowd. He runs to meet
8.5.2CICERO: M'lady! I served your father at Vindebona!
8.5.4CICERO: M'lady, I served your father at Vindebona.
8.5.6CICERO: I then served the General Maximus. I serve him still!
8.5.7LUCILLA[to her escort]: Stop! Stop!
8.5.8CICEROkneeling beside her,
whispering]: The General sends word, he will meet your politician.
him two golden coins]: For your
8.5.10CICERO: Thank you M'lady.
cells. Maximus has
been brought to a central room by Proximo
Proximo]: Leave us. [Maximus
sits as Lucilla turns to an adjacent room as she calls out,] Senator Gracchus.
the room]: General. I hope my coming here today is evidence enough
that you can trust me.
Senate is with you?
The Senate? Yes I can speak for them.
can buy my freedom and smuggle me out of Rome?
me outside the city walls. Have fresh horses ready to take me to Ostia. My army is encamped there. By nightfall of the second day
I shall return at the head of 5,000 men.
the legions all have new commanders, Loyal to Commodus.
When my men see me alive you shall see where their loyalties lie.
This is madness. No Roman army has entered the capital in 100 years. I will not
trade one dictatorship for another.
time for half measures and talk is over, Senator. ...
So, after your glorious coup, what then? You will take your 5,000 warriors and
will leave. The soldiers will stay for your protection, under the command of
So. Once all of Rome is yours, you'll just give it back to the people. Tell me
8.6.15MAXIMUS[he turns to Lucilla]: Because that was the last wish of a dying man.[He turns back to Gracchus.]I will kill Commodus, the fate of Rome, I leave to you.
8.6.16GRACCHUS: Marcus Aurelius trusted you. His daughter trusts
you. I will trust you. But we have little time. Give me two days and I will buy
your freedom. And you, you stay alive. Or I will be dead. Now I must go.
[Gracchus extends his hand to shake Maximus' as he rises.]
Proximo's quarters where Maximus is speaking with him...
This won't work. The emperor knows too much. And as for me, it's becoming
dangerous. [A soldier is seen outside, attempting to overhear
will be paid on my return. I give you my word.
Your word! What if you don't return?
you remember what it was to have trust, Proximo?
Trust!? Who am I to trust?
will kill Commodus.
would I want that? He makes me rich. Oh, I, ... I know
that you are a man of your word, General. I know that you would die for honour.
You would die for Rome. You would die for the memory of your ancestors. But I, on
the other hand, I am an entertainer. Guard!
8.7.8MAXIMUS [as he
leaves Proximo, he turns back to say...]: He killed the man who set you free.
Gracchus is seen at his home feeding chickens and ducks. A servant is near and
warns the senator, "Praetorians,
he sees their approach. Gracchus sends the servant away. The
Praetorian arrest Gracchus.
walks into the Palace. Commodus sits quietly and as she attempts to leave the
room he stops her
Where have you been? I sent for you.
Please, brother. What troubles you?
Does Gracchus have a new lover?
thought you had seen him. He infects everyone like a putrid fever. For the
health of Rome, the Senate must be bled and he will be bleed too, very
you remember what our father once said? [He
moves to sit on the edge of the bed.]It's a dream, a frightful dream...life is. Do you think
that is true?[Lucilla moves closer and sits beside her
brother. A concerned, sympathetic expression covers her face.]
think it is. And I have only you to share it with.[Lucilla
comes closer, to comfort him. Commodus lays his head against her shoulder. He
then leans her back and lays her on the bed. With terror in her eyes, she lays
still, fearful of what might happen. Commodus gently puts his finger to her
mouth and tells her,"Open
your mouth".Hesitantly she opens her mouth slightly as
he places his finger to her lips and then to his. He presses his head to her
shoulder and says,"You
know I love you."She replies,
8.9.10LUCILLA: "And I love you."She
lays still, her fear mounting at the thought of what may occur but Commodus
soon lays his head down and falls asleep. Lucilla gently and quietly gets up
and leaves. Waiting outside the room, stand her guards who follow her out.]
at Proximo's as he brings Lucilla to Maximus' cell. Proximo barks orders to the
other gladiators to leave, "Get out, move!"
They look to Maximus for approval and he gives it to them with a nod of the
head -- the gladiators leave. Proximo turns to Maximus, "Congratulations, General. You've got very
persuasive friends", and he turns to leave. Lucilla enters the cell.
8.10.1PROXIMUS: Get out, move! Congratulations, General. You've got very
8.10.2LUCILLA: My brother has had Gracchus arrested. We daren't
wait any longer. You must leave tonight. [Maximus
moves closer to Lucilla.] Proximo
will come at and take you to the gate. Your servant Cicero will be
waiting with horses.
8.10.3MAXIMUS: You have done all this?
8.10.5MAXIMUS: You risk too much.
8.10.6LUCILLA: I have much to pay for.
8.10.7MAXIMUS: You have nothing to pay for. You love your son.
You are strong for him.
8.10.8LUCILLA: I am tired of being strong. My brother hates all
the world and you, most of all.
8.10.9MAXIMUS: Because your father chose me.
8.10.10LUCILLA: No, because my father loved you ... and because I
8.10.11MAXIMUS: A long time ago.[Tenderly
taking her hand, kisses it.]
8.10.12LUCILLA: Was I very different then?
8.10.13MAXIMUS [With a slight smile, gently
stroking her face]: You laughed more.
8.10.14LUCILLA: I have felt alone all my life, except with you. [Maximus breaths deeply.] .... I must go.
8.10.15MAXIMUS: Yes.[They exchange a long
the Palace, Lucius playing swords with the tall African servants, "there, there, there, there and there, and
I've got you,"
proclaims Lucius. Commodus is awakened from his sleep,
goes to Lucius and takes a wooden sword from the servant. He begins to play
swords with Lucius.
8.11.1LUCIUS: there, there, there, there and there, and I've got you!
8.11.2COMMODUS: Isn't it late to be playing legionnaire?
8.11.3LUCIUS: I am not a legionnaire.
8.11.4COMMODUS: Not a legionnaire?
8.11.5LUCIUS: I am a gladiator.
8.11.6COMMODUS: A gladiator? Gladiators only fight in the games.
Wouldn't you prefer to be a brave Roman warrior like Julius Caesar?
8.11.7LUCIUS: I am Maximus, the savior of Rome.[Commodus stops and kneels in
front of Lucius. The wooden sword scrapes the marble floor as it slips.]
8.11.8COMMODUS: The savior of Rome. And who said that?[Lucius
whispers in his ear. Commodus holds him tighter and tighter as he hears.]
[SCENE CHANGE - Lucilla returns to the palace and asks her servant where Lucius
is. She replies,
8.11.9SERVANT: "He's with the Emperor, M'lady." She
quickly leaves in search of Lucius. She walks to Commodus' room and as she
approaches, she can hear Commodus talking with Lucius. Lucilla slows her pace
to listen and then quickly walks to join in the midst of their talk.]
8.11.10LUCIUS: ...she couldn't have.
8.11.11COMMODUS: Yes, she did. She took it from a basket, pressed
it to her breast, right here above the heart. .... hissss
8.11.12LUCIUS: And it bit her in the breast?!
8.11.13COMMODUS: Yes. You see, Lucius, sometimes royal ladies
behave very strangely and do very odd things in the name of love.
8.11.14LUCIUS: I think it's silly.
8.11.15COMMODUS: So do I, so do I.[Commodus sees Lucilla enter
8.11.16COMMODUS: Sister...join us. I've
been reading to dear Lucius.
8.11.17LUCIUS: I've been reading, too.
8.11.18COMMODUS: Yes, he's a very clever little boy. He'll make a
grand Emperor one day.[Lucilla looks astonished,
fearful at what may be occurring.]
8.11.19COMMODUS: We've been reading about the great Marc Anthony
and his adventures in Egypt.
8.11.20LUCIUS: And the Queen killed herself with a snake!
8.11.21COMMODUS[to Lucius]: And just wait until
you hear what happened to our other ancestors! If you're very good, tomorrow
night I'll tell you the story of Emperor Claudius. He was betrayed,
by those closest to him ... by his own blood ... they whispered in dark corners
and went out late at night and conspired and conspired. [Lucilla
is nearly in tears as her fear heightens.]
8.11.22COMMODUS: But the Emperor knew they were up to something.
He knew they were busy little bees. And one night he sat down with one of them
and he looked at her and he said, "Tell me what you have been doing, busy
little bee, or I shall strike down those dearest to you. You shall watch as I
bathe in their blood." And the emperor was heartbroken. The little bee had
wounded him more deeply than anyone else could ever have done. And what do you
think happened then, Lucius?
don't know Uncle.
8.11.24COMMODUS[looking at Lucilla]: The little
bee told him everything.[Tears slowly roll down
at the gladiator school...Maximus begins to collect his things, placing the
figurines of his wife and son into their leather pouch, slipping his ring on
his finger. Outside, Praetorian guards, some on foot, others on horseback, are
seen as they approach. Meanwhile, assassins are releasing a red coral snake into
the bed of Senator Gaius as he and his wife sleep. The Praetorian have reached
Proximo's quarters; stand outside the gate and call out, "Open in the name of the Emperor. Open the
gates, Proximo. Open the gates. Do you want to die,
and Proximo hear the cries and look out at the guards.Proximo walks to Maximus, holding a large ring of
keys and says,
Here. Everything is prepared. It seems you have won your freedom. [Proximo hands Maximus the ring of keys for his
8.12.1PRETORIANUS: Open in the name of the Emperor. Open the gates, Proximo. Open the gates. Do you want to die, old man?
8.12.2PROXIMUS: Here. Everything is prepared. It seems you have won your
8.12.3MAXIMUS: Proximo, are you in danger of becoming a good man.
8.12.5MAXIMUS: Juba. [as
Maximus hands him the ring of keys to the cells.][Outside the guards continue
8.12.6PRESTORIANS: "All enemies of the Emperor die!"They also call out"Maximus".
The guards pull the gate down and out of the way as they enter the school.][Meanwhile,
the gladiators gather around Maximus to listen to his orders.]
8.12.7MAXIMUS: I only need moments so you need not be careless
with your lives. If you don't want to be any part of this go back to your
8.12.8HAGEN: We will wait here for you, Maximus. [The
gladiators call out,]
8.12.9MAXIMUS: "Strength and Honour".[Maximus
turns to Juba and
says "Strength and Honour" as the
two friends gently butt foreheads. Maximus begins to make his get away as the gladiators battle with the Roman guards. The gladiators
fight bravely. Hagen is killed when several guards stab him with their swords, and several arrows pierce his body. Juba is
seen fighting but escapes harm. In Proximo's quarters, the Praetorian run up the stairs to his room. Proximo stands with his back
to the door, holding his Rudius and says,
8.12.10PROXIMO:"Shadows and dust". The guards stab him to his death.
Meanwhile, Maximus makes his way through the tunnel to the outside. Along the
way, he finds his armour and sword and puts them on. Once outside, he sees a
rider standing still. He whistles and the rider, Cicero, recognizes the whistle
8.12.11CICERO: "Maximus". At
that moment, his horse bolts and Cicero is
hanged by the rope around his neck, his body sways and bumps into the tree.
Maximus runs to him and lifts him. Cicero says, "I'm sorry."The Praetorian shoot arrows and kill Cicero as
Maximus cries out an anguished roar
Maximus is surrounded by the Praetorian.]
at the palace.
Senator Falco approaches Commodus as he stands looking over the city, flocks of
birds rise up and over the Colosseum. Falco reports, "It is done." Commodus slowly turns to Falco
8.13.1FALCUS: It is done.
8.13.2COMMODUS: And what of my nephew and what of his mother? Shall they
share her lover's fate or should I be merciful? Commodus the
merciful. Lucius will stay with me now and if his mother so much as
looks at me in a manner that displeases me, he will die. And if she decides to
be noble and take her own life, he will die. And, as for you, [turning to Lucilla] you will love me as I have loved you. You will provide me
with an heir of pure blood so that Commodus and his progeny will rule for 1,000
years. Am I not merciful? [He gets close to her face and
tries to kiss her but Lucilla turns away. Commodus pinches her jaw with his
fingers, turning her face towards him and screams] AM I NOT MERCIFUL?! [Tears
slowly come down Lucilla's face.]
8.14at the Colosseum. The crowd chants "Maximus, Maximus, Maximus" The petals of red flowers float in the air onto
the sands of the arena floor.... Below, Maximus is chained, arms extended out
and above his shoulders in a fashion that prevents him from defending himself
or combating anyone. Commodus enters the cell and walks to Maximus. The other
prisoners (Gracchus, Juba,
other gladiators) are watching as he enters. Commodus, dressed in his white
leather armour, approaches the chained Maximus who is bruised and weary.
8.14.1COMMODUS [In a whisper]: Maximus. Maximus.Maximus. They call for you. The general
who became a slave.The slave who became a gladiator.The gladiator who defied an emperor.A striking story. Now the people want to know how the story
ends. Only a famous death will do. What could be more glorious than to
challenge the emperor himself in the great arena.[Commodus
places his finger alongside Maximus' face, stroking it as he speaks.]
8.14.2MAXIMUS: You would fight me?
8.14.3COMMODUS: Why not? Do you think I am afraid?
8.14.4MAXIMUS: I think you have been afraid all your life.
8.14.5COMMODUS: Unlike Maximus the invincible, who knows no fear?
8.14.6MAXIMUS [laughing]: I knew a man who once said,
death smiles at us all. All that man can do is smile back.
8.14.7COMMODUS: I wonder. Did your friend smile at his own death?
8.14.8MAXIMUS: You must know. He was your father.
8.14.9COMMODUS: You loved my father, I know. But so did I. That makes us brothers, doesn't it? [Commodus
embraces Maximus and with one cowardly, fierce thrust with his dagger that has
been hidden in his sleeve, stabs Maximus in the left side and then kisses him
on the neck. Blood immediately runs from the wound. Maximus lets out his breath
as the puncture releases the life from his body.] Smile for me now, brother!
8.14.10COMMODUS [to Quintus]: Strap on his armour. Conceal the wound.
[SCENE CHANGE - the trap door to the arena opens as the
lift rises, encircled with the Praetorian as they stand behind their black
shields. In the middle, the white clad Commodus, gazing upwardly, basking in
the sun stands next to the wounded, dying Maximus dressed in his black body
armour.† All the while, Quintus fearfully
staring at Maximus. As they reach the floor of the arena, the Praetorian take their ring formation. Maximus stumbles to the center,
holding his left arm close to his body protecting his wound. He slowly stoops
to pick up a handful of sand, with a watchful eye on Quintus. Maximus rubs the
sand between his hands and reaches for his sword but Quintus tosses it away,
out of Maximus' reach†. Maximus painfully moves to where
the sword has been tossed, picks it up and immediately charges at Commodus. The
two do battle. Maximus roars as he attacks Commodus, but Commodus does well and
attacks back. Maximus manages to knock Commodus' legs out from underneath him
who falls flat on his back to the ground. He quickly gets up and strikes
Maximus with all his might. Maximus swings his sword back at Commodus with
great force. With the swing of his sword, as Maximus spins back and Commodus
cuts Maximus' leg. The wound begins to bleed. Maximus stumbles but maintains
his balance and charges at Commodus cutting his arm, causing Commodus to drop
his sword. Commodus stands unarmed.]
[Maximus, losing strength and gravely suffering from the
dagger wound inflicted by Commodus while earlier chained, begins to drift into
the after life -- he sees the gate to his home, he reaches out in an effort to
push the portal open, his sword dropping from his hand. Meanwhile, Commodus is
calling Quintus for his sword,
8.14.11COMMODUS:"Sword, give me your sword,"but Quintus does not comply. Commodus then turns to the
Praetorian, calling out, "Sword". The guards begin to pull their swords when Quintus
quickly orders them to
8.14.12QUINTUS: "sheath your swords". They comply. Commodus again reaches for his hidden dagger†
and Maximus quickly returns to this life, unarmed but for his strength and
determination. Commodus charges at Maximus with his dagger. Maximus
ferociously strikes Commodus with his fist punching with great force, then
butting his head with his elbow. Commodus strikes back but is no match
for Maximus. Maximus grabs hold of Commodus. With one hand cupping the back of
Commodus' head, the other forces the dagger back into Commodus. All the while,
Commodus punches back as he tries relentlessly to fight off Maximus. Maximus
slowly plunges the dagger into Commodus' throat, deeper and deeper until it can
go no further. Commodus, his breath leaving his body, falls to the ground.
[The fight over, Maximus begins to once again drift to the
after life. He reaches out his bloodied hand, to push open the portal that
leads to his family, to his home, but is once again, brought back when Quintus
calls to him,
8.14.14MAXIMUS : Quintus, free my men. Senator Gracchus is to be
reinstated. There was a dream that was Rome, it shall be realized. These are the wishes of Marcus
Aurelius.[Quintus calls out to the guards,
8.14.15QUINTUS:"Free the prisoners, ...go!"
[Maximus stands, unsteady, as the vision of the wheat field
once again comes to him but this time it is more clear.
His wife† and son are waiting for him.
Suddenly he falls as he loses consciousness, flat on his back with a tremendous
force, hard like a tree.
[Lucilla runs into the arena, dropping to her knees at his
side and calling to him
8.14.16LUCILLA: "Maximus!" Maximus gazes up and tells her,
8.14.17MAXIMUS:"Lucius is safe."Lucilla
looks at him adoringly as Maximus lays still and responds,
to them". Again, Maximus sees the vision of his home, tall cedars
beyond the gate, as the sound of childish laughter is heard and sees the wheat
field as his wife and son stand along the road, looking to him. His boy runs
towards him as he walks through the tall wheat -- Now he is free. With her
hand, she closes his eyes, his face calm and at peace as he leaves this world.
Lucilla adds, "You are home." Grieving, with one hand on her head, she quickly regains
her presence, stands and turns to Senator Gracchus and the crowd.]
8.14.19LUCILLA: Is Rome worth one good man's life? We believed it once. Make us
believe it again. He was a soldier of Rome. Honour him.
8.14.20GRACCHUS [Comes forward and asks]: Who will help me carry him?
[Many gather to lift Maximus and carry him from the arena.
Commodus' body is left alone, on the sand.]
[SCENE CHANGE as Juba
is hallowing a place in the blood stained sand on the spot where Maximus died.
Juba unfolds the small leather pouch and removes the statuettes belonging to
Maximus of his wife and son and gently places them in their resting place,
smoothing over the sand to secure their place and proclaims:]
8.14.21JUBA: Now we are free. I will see you again. But
not yet, not yet....