An original Chariot Driver's Cuirass and Cheetah Cape worn in Ridley Scott's 2000 historical epic, Gladiator.
In the film, Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russel Crowe) is betrayed by Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix ) who slaughters the emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) and Maximus' family upon learning that he will not receive the crown. Presumed dead, Maximus returns to Rome as a gladiator in order to seek revenge against the self appointed emperor, Commodus.
This armor can be seen worn by a chariot driver during a battle at the Colosseum in which Maximus and his fellow gladiators are pitted against Legionaries in a reenactment of the Battle of Zama.
Crafted from foam latex, this armor has an intricate chest-plate with raised patterns. The gold colored cuirass features leather straps that tie the front and back of the armor together at the shoulders, and locks at the waist with numerous buckles.
On the interior section of the armor are strips of black nylon that are molded into the foam latex, and riveted together to hold the leather pieces securely. Written on the inside the armor using black marker is "Ricardo Costume 5 Stunt Suit No 1," indicating that this piece was worn by stuntman Ricardo Cruz.
Paired with the cuirass is a cape made from fabric and leather that is designed to look like the fur of a cheetah. When laid flat, the cape appears to be in the shape of a large animal, however the material is absolutely not authentic fur. This piece was ultimately tied around the neck of the chariot driver with strips of leather that have since been removed.
Please note that this item was custom made and does not include any sizing information. The piece features some wear due to production use and storage, but remains in overall good worn condition.
Gladiator is an epic film with an all star cast featuring such actors as Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Oliver Reed to name a few.
It had a budget of $103 Million and and turned over a staggering $457.6 Million at the box office, making it the second highest grossing film of 2000.
It won an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Effects, Visual Effects along with 4 BAFTA's
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Gladiator (2000) Chariot Driver's Cuirass and Cheetah Cape
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