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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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'Black Mama, White Mama' meets 'Spartacus'! Well, not quite... 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
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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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The liquor in the party scenes was real.See more »
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Referenced in Cover Girl Models (1975)See more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
'Black Mama, White Mama' meets 'Spartacus'! Well, not quite..., 8 December 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

On paper, 'The Arena' looks like exploitation gold. You're got the sexy and super cool Pam Grier and Margaret Markov teamed up again after their success in Eddie Romero's 'Black Mama, White Mama'. A script by the Corringtons, fresh from the success of 'The Omega Man'. Plus two directors, prolific king of sleaze Joe D'Amato ('Antropophagus'), and Steve Carver of 'Big Bad Mama' and 'Drum' fame. Unfortunately, the movie never really kick starts into high gear, and while entertaining enough, is a bit of a let down after the classic 'Black Mama, White Mama'. Grier and Markov play slaves forced to serve the decadent Romans who make up the jaded audience of the local gladiator battles. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess that before too long the women will have to fight in the arena themselves, initially against male gladiators, but eventually their fellow female slaves. Will their individual will to survive win out over their burgeoning proto-feminist consciousness? I'll leave you to find that out... This is an above average 1970s drive in movie helped tremendously by the presence of Markov, and especially blaxploitation legend Grier, who is tough and sexy and shows quite a bit of flesh. The spirited cast also includes Jess Franco favourite Paul Muller ('Vampyros Lesbos', 'A Virgin Among The Living Dead', Caiano's underrated 'Night Of The Doomed'). A fun movie if you don't expect too much.

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