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He murders his father and accuses Maximus. Maximus escapes and Commodus has his wife and child killed. Maximus, a broken man after finding out the fate of his family, is captured and sold into slavery. He is purchased by the head of a gladiator school and so his fate is sealed. He is a gladiator from this day forward.
I will not go any further with the plot, but I wanted to flesh out the beginning to give an idea of what kind of character we have in Maximus. For him, life as he knows it is over. It died with his family. So he has no fear in the gladiatorial ring. He is a formidable foe to everyone he faces and he begins to gain quite a following in the public circle and the political arena. Of course, this leads to more unwelcome attention by Commodus and things build to an inevitable climax.
What I like about Maximus is his morality. He doesn't cave to the various temptations that can come along with the life of a famous gladiator. His main objective is to bring to fruition the wishes of his former Emperor, Marcus Aurelius...to restore the power of government to the Roman Senate and therefore, to the hands of the people. You will have to watch the movie to see if he succeeds or not!
Side note: This was Russell Crowe at his hottest! While he is still a nice-looking man, he has never attained this level of hotness since. I'm waiting for Robin Hood to see if he can get it back! *fingers crossed*