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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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Pam & Margaret Kick Roman Butt 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 A Life in Film (2007) (V)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Pam & Margaret Kick Roman Butt, 18 September 2007
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Steve Carver's "The Arena" aka. "Naked Warriors" of 1974 is a highly entertaining piece of 70s exploitation that should not be missed by a B-movie fan. Produced by the almighty Roger Corman, co-directed by the king of exploitation himself, Joe D'Amato, and starring the sexiest duo of 70s cult heroines, the wonderful Pam Grier and Margaret Markov, this is pure Grindhouse cinema for lovers, and should not leave anybody bored.

Abducted from their homelands and enslaved by Romans, two young women, the Nubian Mamawi (Pam Grier) and Bodicia (Margaret Markov) from the Brittany, are, along with other female slaves purchased by the Roman owner of an arena, where they are to do domestic work and serve as mistresses/sex slaves to the gladiators. After a fight at the dinner table, however, one of their unscrupulous slaveholders suggests to have the women fight for their lives in the arena, in order to offer something fresh to the blood-thirsty audiences...

Both stunningly beautiful, charismatic, sexy and cool, Pam Grier and Margaret Markov are a true dream team in exploitation cinema (something they already proved in "Black Mama, White Mama" of 1972). Apart from Grier and Markov, the cast furthermore contains Lucretia Love ("Battle Of The Amazons", "The Sexorcist") and Rosalba Neri ("Lady Frankenstein", "Johnny Yuma"). Another cool role is that of Paul Mueller, a huge, ugly and bald Tor Johnson-lookalike, who plays an invincible gladiator. I personally also found the score pretty cool, although it is certainly not too original. The sleaze and violence are not quite as extreme as in many other exploitation flicks of the kind, but there's enough of both to entertain. Being a fan of exploitation flicks (or not) is a matter of taste, of course, and "The Arena" may therefore not be everybody's type of film. I personally love this kind of films however, and I therefore recommend this to all my fellow exploitation-enthusiasts. Especially Pam-Grier fans should give it a try!

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