Is Gladiator based on true story?

Philippines
June 28, 2007 10:57am CST
Ive read in books about Emperor Marcus Aurelius and his son Commodus. They really existed and were emperors of Rome. Is the story of Gladiator based on their story or they just used names of real people to portray fictional characters?
6 responses
28 Jun 07
yes and no While it's obvious that an impressive amount of historical and scholarly reasearch was undertakem by the film makers, much of the plot is fiction. How ever the fiction does however, appear to be inspired by actaul historical events.
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• Philippines
29 Jun 07
So some scenes are based on true events but majority of the plot is fiction.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
7 Aug 10
Well i believe it is but certain things will be added for movie
• Philippines
25 Jan 08
yes in a way that it derives historical icons like Marcus Aurelius. No because the story is too good to be true.
• China
12 Jul 07
Maybe the framework of the film is based on the history, but I believe some of the plots are edited, especially the love stories. However, just by adding these emotions, the movie seems so grand, fatanstic and splendid
• Lithuania
7 Jul 07
It is based on true facts, but afcourse there are many fictional elements in it, becouse it is created in HOLLYWOOD . People there make films for money, not to enlight people.
• Indonesia
6 Jul 07
They used names of real people to potray fictional characters, I think. I like this books and of course the film too.