Warning spoliers ahead !!!
This is my best friend's simplified (I like to believe that it's especially for me :P ) version of Gladiator. 
Hope you like it as much as I did :D

An army general

Super successful in battle

Wins 100% trust of the old king

He survives last battle and seeks permission to go home

King agrees

King has son and a daughter

Son evil

Seeks inheritance

King says general is only fit to lead the kingdom

Son kills father (king) secretly

General has the whole army's loyalty

He thinks this is the work of enemies and sets to kill them

A few commanders under the general betray him

Son assumes power

Orders to kill general

General escapes

Son doesn’t know about it

Son kills all men loyal to the general

Crucifies and burns general’s wife and son

Rules like an ass

King's daughter lives in fear

And she loved general

General said no

She has a kid now

From some guy

Dead now

General escapes, only to become a slave

Fights death matches

As a gladiator

Wins trust and support of fellow slaves

On the other hand

Bad son wants a descendant of "pure" blood

So you can guess the woman he chose....


The slaves brought into bad son's own kingdom to fight for show

Daughter (king’s) poisons her bro and arranges for general's escape from prison

General gives word that he will ensure her son's safety to bad kings daughter

This attempt however is crushed by bad son

Bad son holds sisters little boy hostage

Bullies a confession out of her

The original king’s son

Bad guy

He tries various methods to kill the slave (general)

He cannot kill him directly you see

(The general is a charismatic figure

Everyone knows him

If he kills him directly

He will lose image

General will become the good guy

And the king will become bad in the eyes of the public

Also, it will convey the idea the king killed him because he was afraid

Bad king no want that)

General survives all attempts

The bad guy getting pissed decides to end it

He goes to the prison, stabs a small knife into his (general) chest

Covers the wound

And issues a challenge in the arena

Bad guy (king) in top condition, fights the crippled general in public in a fight to death

General knocks off bad guy’s sword, while being barely able to stand

The commander (who was loyal to the general at first) also there

Bad king shouts out for a sword

But the men there watching the condition of their former leader

Sheath their swords

General kills bad king

General lives for a few a seconds more

In his last words, asks the slaves to be freed and dies.




- Sugar Cube - said…
pretty well summarized!
Kinda solved the confusions I myself had :P

Loved watching the movie!