The opening battle is wildly inaccurate. The Roman legions were trained to fight as a regimented force, and to maintain formation for mutual support. In the film, the formation collapses instantly upon contact with the enemy; in addition to being inaccurate, this would have almost certainly led to a Roman defeat, as, on a solo basis, the barbarians were by far the better warriors. Further, the Roman legions used spears called pila. Doctrine called for them to be thrown while the enemy closed. The Romans would then draw their swords and fight, while remaining in formation. Though the Romans are shown holding their pila in the opening scenes, they are never used against the barbarians, and we see no pila-riddled shields and/or corpses in the background. See more...
In the very last scene involving Proximo, where he is freeing Maximus, notice that the late Oliver Reed (Proximo) appears to be "glowing." This is because he died (from a massive heart attack in 1999) while filming the movie, and had to be added into the film using CGI. See more...
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|Original entry||When Maximus talks to Lucious about his two horses on his armour, the names he gives them (Argento and Scarto) can be translated as "Silver" and "Trigger".|