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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx; 1st edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451409477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451409478
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An easy fun read.
Michael Neale Eustis
After I read the book Gladiator, I saw the movie 2 more times.
Suzanne
I really didn't get that feeling with this one.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 19, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Anyone who's seen the movie knows that Gladiator has a strong story and script behind it. But, when it comes to novelizations I like to see a little extra background, perhaps more character development than you can have in the film. And that's where this book is a bit of a let down. This is a straight retelling of the screenplay with a couple of scenes that didn't make the movie, which where kind of nice to see. I remember when Commodus finds that Maximus is still alive and he was lied to when he thought he was dead, his sister tells him that the legion should know that lies should not be tolerated. In the movie, nothing really comes of that, but in the book it then later goes to a good scene where Commodus oversees the execution of those who told him Maximus was dead. It's just little touches like that.
When I read a book, I want to feel like I'm experiencing something a little different than the movie. I felt that way when reading Terry Brooks novelization of The Phantom Menace or even Raymond Benson's novelization of Tomorrow Never Dies. I really didn't get that feeling with this one.
So, in short, if you go into the book expecting the movie to be expanded on, prepare to be disappointed. However, if you really enjoyed the movie's great story as is and are expecting nothing else, this is a fast, fun read.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on May 9, 2000
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I've seen Gladiator twice since the release on the weekend. It really is a great movie and this is a great companion piece to the book. My favorite novilizations of films are those where the author interprets what is on screen. Not something that is not there, leaving the reader wondering whether or not the author and the reader saw the same thing. But Gram stays 100% faithful to what is up there on screen. He gets every nuance and every characterization perfect. I probably could not have written it better myself. If you collect novilizations of your favorite novels you'll want to get this one.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on June 27, 2000
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Either read this book first, then see the movie or see the movie first, then read the book. I saw the movie Gladiator 3 times before I read the book, and each time I had seen the movie, I saw something new. After I read the book Gladiator, I saw the movie 2 more times. In My Opinion, the book Gladiator is a great read if you want to learn alittle more about the characters. It also gave me a better view of what each of the characters were thinking in each scene. Some of the parts of this book filled some of the gaps, that the movie didn't show. Also, the dialogue in the book was very helpful for me when I saw the movie again, because there were some words and sentences I had missed while watching the movie. This book is just as powerful as the movie, because it explains every scene with the same details, if not more. It gives me alittle more aspect of Maximus as a Warrior, General, Husband, Father and Friend, which is one of the reasons that I really enjoyed reading this book and seeing the movie.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2000
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This book, although well-written, was based solely on the screenplay. Therefore, if you are looking for further insight into the minds of the characters, you may feel disappointed. However, because the movie moves at such a lightning pace, this book succeeded in clarifying things I missed or that were unclear (i.e., Roman Empire history, what SPQR stands for, etc.). I recommend it as a nice addition to seeing the movie but it would have been better if the character development went deeper than it did.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Paxton on June 9, 2000
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Dewey Gram has produced a readable novelization of Ridley Scott's brilliant new film "Gladiator." There are some minor dialogue differences from the film and a few extra scenes, and he doesn't go into the character's motivations as much he might, but he at least does slip in some historical details and the book is a nice substitute for the film until the VHS and DVD versions are available! It would have been useful, incidentally, to include an afterword pointing out the differences between the film's version of history and what really happened. Interested readers are directed to book I of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" which, no surprise, begins with Commodus.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A reader from NYC on May 10, 2000
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GLADIATOR is a sure-fire success, both onscreen and on the page! I liked the way the book's pace catapaulted you almost scene-by-scene through the rich storyline. The color photos inside were incredible, too! They really captured Russell Crowe's best moments in the movie. Great fun, and even some informative stuff about the Roman Empire thrown in, as well. As tie-ins go, this one's a winner!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Shwartz on June 3, 2000
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Let's start with this novelization's strong points. First, it is utterly faithful to events in the film, which I've seen several times. You can almost hear the Zimmer/Gerrard soundtrack as you read it.
The book preserves a great deal of the film's energy, intensity, pace, and hits all the high points. Some of the characterization is handled with remarkable economy.
The book provides some information on Roman tactics and geography that a reader, or a viewer unfamiliar with Rome, can benefit from. It's compulsively readable, a page-turner from start to finish.
But....
(you knew I was going to say that...)
It could have and should have been more, even given the constraints of novelizing a film such as approval by Dreamworks, confidentiality, and the speed with which these books must be written.
Some of the Latin -- starting with the gladiators' battleground itself -- is inaccurate, and I'd probably quibble with some of the ways that Mr. Gram has described tactics. I've already gotten into one argument about the size of an Aurelian as opposed to a Caesarean legion, but I was pleased he got the Syrian archers.
I was fascinated by the way he handled the pyrotechnics in the first battle scene, even though I'm not sure the Romans used pitch in such a way. I know they used boiling oil. I know they used naphtha, although probably not in Germania. Okay, these are quibbles that make the experience of reading the book and watching it and arguing with friends enjoyable, and if you're not interested in details of military history, strategy, and tactics, they shouldn't get in your way.
What got in my way of truly enjoying this book was some of the language.
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