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The Gladiators (1969) More at IMDbPro »Gladiatorerna (original title)

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Nicholas Gosling (writer)
Peter Watkins (writer)
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Release Date:
25 June 1969 (Sweden) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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

George Harris ... Nigerian Officer

Jeremy Child ... B-1
Erich Stering ... B-2
Jean-Pierre Delamour ... B-3
Richard Friday ... B-4
Roy Scammell ... B-5
J.Z. Kennedy ... B-6
Terry Whitmore ... B-8
Eberhard Fehmers ... B-7
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Bradfield ... Narrator
Pik Sen Lim ... C-2
To Van Minh ... B-10

Directed by
Peter Watkins 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nicholas Gosling  writer
Peter Watkins  writer

Produced by
Bo Jonsson .... executive producer
Göran Lindgren .... producer
Original Music by
Claes af Geijerstam 
Cinematography by
Peter Suschitzky 
Film Editing by
Lars Hagström 
Art Direction by
Bill Brodie  (as William Brodie)
Costume Design by
Chris Collins 
Makeup Department
Ann Brodie .... makeup artist
Bengt Ottekil .... wigs
Production Management
Jutta Ekman .... production manager
Bertil Sandgren .... production manager
Art Department
Eva Blakstad .... props
Christer Bolling .... props
Charles Delattre .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Pierre Björklund .... sound
Berndt Frithiof .... sound mixer
Tage Sjöberg .... sound
Special Effects by
Stig Lindberg .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Erik Bergman .... grip
Svend Bregenborg .... lighting technician
Peter Fischer .... assistant camera
Per Persson .... lighting technician
Hasse Seiden .... still photographer
Ragnar Waaranperä .... grip
Other crew
Marianne Johnson .... script girl

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Also Known As:
"Gladiatorerna" - Sweden (original title)
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102 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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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 »
Chinese Staff Officer:700 million Chinese, armed with the thoughts of Chairman Mao, are just as many spiritual atom bombs.See more »


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Powerful and memorable anti-war movie, 31 May 2005
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I saw this movie in Stockholm the year it came out. I haven't seen it since, but I can remember many scenes vividly: that is a memorable movie. In addition to an ahead-of-his- time visual sense, the director added a feature, multiple subtitles, that I have never seen in a subsequent movie. Not just one or two languages, but every language spoken by the characters in the movie. That means Swedish, English, French, Spanish, Chinese... All appear stacked at the bottom of the screen (yet, amazingly, you can still see the action), minus whatever language is on the sound track at that moment; thus, the list shifts constantly as different actors speak. A little disconcerting at first, but it adds so much to the multicultural impact of the film. I hope someone brings it out on DVD.

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