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Release Date:
January 1974 (USA) See more »
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Let the games begin! See more »
Plot:
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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(7 articles)
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Across 100 intense feet, champs trying' to catch a woman that's weak. See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Naked Warriors" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
90 min | USA:83 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Leading lady Margaret Markov and producer Mark Damon, despite being attracted to each other, could not date during production as director Steve Carver had a strict rule regarding fraternization among cast & crew members.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Screwballs (1983)See more »

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Across 100 intense feet, champs trying' to catch a woman that's weak., 26 April 2011
Author: tyler-and-jack from Edinburgh.

Women in prison movies have long been a popular subgenre amongst fans of exploitation fare. Well, The Arena is another one of those movies, with the main difference being that the action is transported to ancient Rome.

Margaret Markov is Bodicia and Pam Grier is Mamawi and some other women are . . . . . . . . . . some other women in this tale of gladiators and gladiatrixes.

There's plenty of laughable dialogue, numerous moments of gratuitous nudity, a lot of bloodless violence and just enough to entertain lovers of lowbrow schlock.

Steve Carver directs with a minimum level of competence but he takes the story through the required beats of the particular subgenre while making sure that the strong women stay front and centre.

Writers John William Corrington and Joyce Hooper Corrington know that they're not adapting Shakespeare here but they could have made everything feel as if just a little more care was taken.

The cast? Well, the women are strong and sexy. Well, they're supposed to be (was Deirdre REALLY a name used in Roman times?). The men are mostly, as expected, pigs and abusers though Silvio Laurenzi (aka Sid Lawrence) is a hoot as the effete Priscium and Pietro Ceccarelli (aka Peter Cester) is enjoyable as Septimus.

So you get Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, some gratuitous nudity, a small helping of casual racism and a large helping of casual sexism and battle scenes that occasionally make use of a trident - which makes for a fun time for some people. I just thought it was okay.

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