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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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Wow.. it's Pam Grier! 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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Italian censorship visa # 64941 delivered on 7-8-1974.See more »
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Featured in Screwballs (1983)See more »

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8 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Wow.. it's Pam Grier!, 26 January 1999
Author: -6 from 5%

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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