Written by Mr. Mouseburger 22nd Jan 2006
Kindly submitted by someguy999
Gladiator Maximus has been a constant thorn in the side of Commodus throughout the film, winning contest after contest, and becoming a crowd favourite, despite the Emperor's best efforts to stack the odds heavily against him.
It culminates, rather unbelievably, in the Emperor challenging Maximus to a fight to the death duel in front of the baying crowd. However, to make sure that he can't lose, Commodus sneakily stabs Maximus in the lung as they are waiting in the tunnel, and orders the guards to patch him up.
In the Coliseum they begin to duel, with a ring of Roman guards around them. This fight is slow and yet well choreographed. Maximus is more than a match for Commodus, but eventually his wound begins to takes its toll on our hero. Then the cheating Commodus pulls a knife out to stab Maximus, but with his last bit of strength, Maximus grabs Commodus's knife hand and twists it around to point to the Emperor's neck.
Commodus punches Maximus, in the hope of getting him to lose his grip, but in so doing, he accidentally plunges himself onto the knife. Maximus then pushes the knife even farther into the Emperor's neck until he falls to the ground, dead.