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The Arena (1974)

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Two thousand years ago, the people of Rome are so blasée, so used to violence, that entertaining them becomes a political problem. Someone suggests, after a hectic girl fight in a kitchen ... See full summary »

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Paul Muller ...
Daniele Vargas ...
Marie Louise Sinclair ...
Livia (as Marie Louise)
Maria Pia Conte ...
Lucinia (as Mary Count)
Rosalba Neri ...
Cornelia (as Sara Bay)
Vassili Karis ...
Marcus (as Vic Karis)
Silvio Laurenzi ...
Priscium (as Sid Lawrence)
Mimmo Palmara ...
Rufinius (as Dick Palmer)
Antonio Casale ...
Lucan (as Anthony Vernon)
Franco Garofalo ...
Aemilius (as Christopher Oakes)
Pietro Ceccarelli ...
Septimus (as Peter Cester)
Jho Jhenkins ...
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Two thousand years ago, the people of Rome are so blasée, so used to violence, that entertaining them becomes a political problem. Someone suggests, after a hectic girl fight in a kitchen between a Nubian and a Viking slave, as a joke, that they should fight in the arena, instead of male gladiators. The idea is approved, though - and a female "Spartacus" theme follows. Written by Artemis-9

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Black slave, white slave. See more »

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Wow.. it's Pam Grier!
26 January 1999 | by (5%) – See all my reviews

Nothing like seeing washed-up blaxploitation actresses further their careers with such shimmering nuggets of bile as this. She has since gone on to bigger and better things, but this film is noticeably absent from her resume.. Hmmm... I wonder why? This is just another mindless t&a flick with some dumb cat fights and forgettable characters. Except for maybe Priscium, a drag queen Roman praetor portrayed masterfully by Sid Lawrence. And some big goofy bald guy who was sort of reminded me of Tor Johnson, one of Ed Wood's old spooks. If you absolutely must know what this garbage is about.. I'll enlighten you. Roman soldiers recruit "beautiful" (read: laundromat recruits) women to be love slaves for the hedonist government officials. When two of the girls, Pam Grier and some blonde chick, start a particularly brutal food fight, those ever-crafty Romans devise a new plan to keep the proles entertained: we'll make these girls fight! So, they make 'em be gladiators. I would've thought that Pam Grier would've used this film to showcase her awesome whupa$$ skills, but.. she didn't. She was suprisingly subdued, actually. Especially for being a Nubian warrior woman. Anyway, after several boring battles, unsaved even by copious amounts of jiggling flesh, the girl gladiators start a revolt and overthrow the government, allowing Pam Grier and blonde chick to escape.

If you're looking for bad movies, this is merely average. There are so many better ones out there, but it is nice to see Pam Grier again. I bet she looks back on this one as a crowning achievement.


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