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Gladiatorerna (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 25 June 1969 (Sweden)
Some time in the future, East and West have stopped maintaining standing armies and nuclear weapons. Instead, to settle their differences they pit different teams of crack combat specialists against each other.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Pentelow ...
British General
Frederick Danner ...
British Staff Officer
Hans Bendrik ...
Capt. Davidsson
Daniel Harle ...
French Officer
Hans Berger ...
West German Officer
Rosario Gianetti ...
American Officer
Tim Yum ...
Chinese Staff Officer
Kenneth Lo ...
Chinese Colonel
Björn Franzen ...
Swedish Colonel
Christer Gynge ...
Assistant Controller
Jürgen Schilling ...
East German Officer
Stefan Dillan ...
Russian Officer
Ugo Chiari ...
Italian Officer
Chandrakant Desai ...
Indian Officer
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Nigerian Officer
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Some time in the future, East and West have stopped maintaining standing armies and nuclear weapons. Instead, to settle their differences they pit different teams of crack combat specialists against each other.

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25 June 1969 (Sweden)  »

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The Gladiators  »

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(July 1970) First prize, Asteroide d'oro, at the International Festival of Science Fiction Film, Trieste, Italy, The jury was composed by Guido Piovene (president), Brian Aldiss, André S. Labarthe, Lajos Matos (of then Yugoslavia), and George Wallach. See more »

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British Staff Officer: [addressing the allied team] If I may use a boxing metaphor: you can win on points, but what we want is a knock-out.
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Highly overlooked masterpiece from Peter Watkins.
14 October 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Watkins' Gladiators a.k.a. Gladiatorena a.k.a. The Peace Game (1969) is a very interesting film that features a unique concept.The movie takes place in a alternate reality where warfare has been abolished. Countries that want to settle their disputes handle them inside a high tech arena. Each country sends in a crack squad of highly trained commandos. While inside, they play a game that's similar to "capture the flag". The supercomputer controlled arena is operated by technicians from neutral countries. The computer randomly puts up obstacles in the way of the commandos (adding a bit of intrigue to the game). The generals from the opposing forces (along with their allies) play a game of chess with their commandos, watching the proceedings from the safety of a control room (TV screens and computer monitors follow the action). Around the world, the game is televised (except in Russia, China and The United States). The TV programmers even have a say in the action (they have to satisfy the TV viewers).

Once again, Watkins uses his faux documentary style to capture it all on film. This movie's truly ahead of it's time. A concept like this one would make a great reality T.V. show. Unfortunately, like most of Peter Watkins work it's a hard movie to find. But if you ever get a chance to watch it, I recommend that you do.

Highly recommended.


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