Publication: Alfred A Knopf, 1986, New York
First edition. 8 1/2" X 11" bradbound printed wrappers. Specially printed for distribution to members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in consideration for nomination of the Best Sceenplay. A 120 page shooting script for the award winning epic film GLADIATOR, written by David Franzoni, John Logan, and William Nicholson, directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielson, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi, and Djimon Hounsou. GLADIATOR tells the story of Maximus (Crowe), a powerful and popular Roman general, who is very close to the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius (Harris), who prior to his death, chooses Maximus as his heir over his son, Commodus (Phoenix). Maximus is betrayed when the emperor's ambitious son murders his father and seizes the throne. Reduced to slavery, Maximus rises through the ranks of the gladiatorial arena to avenge the murder of his family and his emperor. The film was nominated for, and received many awards, including Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Russell Crowe), Best Costume Design, Best Effects, Visual Effects, and Best Sound. Oscar nominations went to Ridley Scott (Best Director), Joaquin Phoenix (Best Actor in A Supporting Role), David Franzoni, John Logan, & William Nicholson (Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen), John Mathieson (Best Cinematography), and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Editing, and Best Music, Original Score (Hans Zimmer). A fine, bright copy.
Inventory Number: 28976