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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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Pam Grier and Margaret Markov - what more is there to say?
18 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I wish there were more actresses out there like Pam Grier. A very pretty face, a wonderful body, a tough attitude and surprisingly mature acting for a woman who was, when this "Arena" was made, only 24 years old. And Margaret Markov, her co-star here, is not far behind in any of those categories. The biggest virtue of this film are those two characters - strong, well-defined, acted with conviction. Others have compared the "Arena" with Roger Corman's WIP flicks, but the treatment of the subjects here is much more thoughtful and non-exploitative. As for the actual fight scenes, considering that most of these women probably had not touched a sword before in their lives, they did a fairly good job. Too bad the DVD is full-screen, which damages the compositions severely. (**1/2)


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