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January 1974 (USA) See more »
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Let the games begin! See more »
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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THE ARENA (Steve Carver, 1974) **1/2 See more (12 total) »

Cast

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Margaret Markov ... Bodicia

Pam Grier ... Mamawi
Lucretia Love ... Deidre
Paul Muller ... Lucilius
Daniele Vargas ... Timarchus
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 ... Quintus
Ivan Gasper ... Wulfstan
Pietro Torrisi ... Gladiator
Salvatore Baccaro ... Winekeeper
Anna Melita ... Gladiator Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Felleghy ... Bidder at Slave Auction (uncredited)
Jann Fox ... Centurion (uncredited)
Emilio Messina ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Roberto Messina ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Osiride Pevarello ... (uncredited)
Mimmo Poli ... Man at the Orgy (uncredited)
Claudio Ruffini ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Sergio Smacchi ... Gladiator (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Carver (english version)
 
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John William Corrington 
Joyce Hooper Corrington 

Produced by
Roger Corman .... executive producer
Mark Damon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Francesco De Masi 
 
Cinematography by
Joe D'Amato  (as Aristide Massaccesi)
 
Film Editing by
Piera Bruni 
 
Makeup Department
Antonio Mura .... makeup artist
Emilio Trani .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Oscar Santaniello .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe D'Amato .... second unit director (original version) (as Michael Wotruba)
Romano Scandariato .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mimmo Scavia .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Alvaro Gramigna .... sound effects editor
Franco Groppioni .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Sergio Chiusi .... special effects
 
Stunts
Franco Pasquetto .... stunt coordinator (as Gianfranco Pasquetto)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlo Alberto Cocchi .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Renata Morroni .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Francesco De Masi .... conductor
Francesco De Masi .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Massimo Alberini .... production assistant
Anita Borgiotti .... continuity
Jann Carver .... assistant to directors
Sergio Rosa .... production assistant
 
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Also Known As:
"Naked Warriors" - USA (reissue title)
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90 min | USA:83 min
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Most of the actors cast as gladiators were stunt men.See more »
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Referenced in Cover Girl Models (1975)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
THE ARENA (Steve Carver, 1974) **1/2, 15 April 2011
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

A rare collaboration between U.S. and Italian exploitation exponents and the result is not all that bad either: director Carver, executive producer Roger Corman, producer Mark Damon, editor Joe Dante (I wonder whether these last 2 mentioned reminisced about it at the 2004 Venice Film Festival where I saw them both at the screening of Vittorio Cottafavi's THE HUNDRED HORSEMEN {1964}!) and co-star Pam Grier on one side, and cinematographer Joe D'Amato, composer Francesco De Masi and supporting actors Paul Muller and Rosalba Neri on the other. The film supplies a novelty to the Roman gladiator subgenre – which had seen service in many an Italian and Hollywood spectacular during the Golden Age of such fare, and would of course be revived with the Malta-shot GLADIATOR (2000) – by presenting us female combatants: in this respect, it recalls the contemporaneous "Amazon Women" flicks (and the girls here are even addressed as such at one point!) also emanating from Italy.

The plot starts off with a number of them (including statuesque blonde Margaret Markov and buxomy black Grier – the two had actually already appeared together in BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA {1973; which I also own but have yet to watch} and, for the record, the former would marry Damon and retire from acting not long afterwards!) from different tribes being separately captured and sold as slaves to work for the Romans at the arena, under the supervision of Neri. Muller, then, is a politician who, as if taking a leaf from any of the Jess Franco movies he had appeared in, rapes Markov in front of his peers as a demonstration of his power! As befits its pedigree, the film is filled with wall-to-wall violence and nudity (much of it gratuitous) but also other potentially tasteless ingredients – but who can carp when everything is clearly done in fun? – such as the presence of a sissy overseer.

At first, the girls are made to offer comfort to the male combatants the night before the latter are "about to die" – but, when they break into a veritable catfight in the kitchen, the flustered organizer of the bouts suddenly sees a ray of light in order to inject new blood (no pun intended) into the worn-out formula! Soon, the women (one of whom, annoyingly, is shown to be perennially drunk) begin to realize that someday they may have to kill each other: Grier is the first to have to make this difficult choice but only after her hesitation causes an archer to shoot an arrow and wound her (the result of her not complying with the arena-goers' thumbs down)!; the victim happens to be the love interest of their trainer, a Tor Johnson look-alike(!) who then changes loyalties and determines to help the girls escape. Eventually, the latter take control of the arena and exact a terrible revenge upon their captors (but also one of their number who had ingratiated herself with the 'enemy'); when the Roman militia sets out in pursuit, they (or, rather, the two protagonists since they predictably emerge as the sole survivors) escape through the caves to the safety of the sea. The film, essentially a variation on the Women-In-Prison flicks that were very popular around this permissive time, was actually remade by Russian director Timur (NIGHT/DAY WATCH) Bekmambetov in 2001!

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