A human becomes an unlikely rising star in the biggest fighting tournament in the galaxy that's dominated by alien species.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Satterfield ...
Steve Armstrong
Hamilton Camp ...
Shorty
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Quinn
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Rogor
Shari Shattuck ...
Jade
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Weezil
Brett Porter ...
Wayne
Charles Tabansi ...
Troy
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Horn
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Announcer
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Skull
Grady Clarkson ...
Commissioner Dent
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Doctor
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Marcus
Diana Rose ...
Space Lady in Nightclub
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Steve Armstrong is a human short-order cook in a fast food restaurant on a "starstation" where the most popular arena fighting tournament in the whole galaxy is held. Members of various alien species fight one on one, often dirty, to become the ruling champions of the galaxy. The restaurant's sole waiter and Steve's boss is Shorty, a short four-armed scheming humanoid alien. When Steve saves Shorty from a particularly unpleasant and violent alien guest, they're both fired by the restaurant's automated A.I. for brawling. Shorty shows gratitude and they become friends. However, without jobs, they'll both be kicked off the space station. Thankfully, Quinn, a human female no-nonsense fighting promoter, who's in quick need of new fighters, hears about Steve's fight with the alien guest and offers him sponsorship. Human fighters have traditionally been defeated easily by naturally tougher alien fighters in previous tournaments and Steve would be a real underdog. Shorty manages to convince ...

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For a thousand years no human has been the champion. He wants to be the first. See more »


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18 September 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arena - Nur einer Überlebt  »

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Trivia

Finished in 1988, not released in USA until 1991. See more »

Goofs

During the first fight, Vermin tells the corner man to inject the drug into Horn's right arm. But they inject it into his left arm. See more »

Quotes

Space Comic: Oh, I could stay all night, folks, but I gotta go. A hand for the boys in the band, and remember, I hate your guts!
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Spoofed in Mutantit (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Living in the Galaxy
Music and Lyrics by Paolo Rustichelli
Performed by Shari Shattuck
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Not Fantastic But Watchable
5 August 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I haven't watched this film for a few years now but I remember it well as it was a real no brainer fun watch that I viewed several times on a battered old VHS copy. The plot is paper thin and not much above the usual T.V. sci-fi episode in fact I'm sure the an episode of Babylon 5 has a similar plot (TKO in series 1 or 2 I think a coincidence as Claudia Christian appears in both). The effects are basic the budget was probably minimal but this doesn't matter it's the vision of the future that sells this film you need to let go and use your imagination and when you do it kinda works. If you just let the poor effects go and some hammy acting in places you'll get some solid entertainment but you really do have to be in that B-Movie kind of mood to enjoy it.

The fights have to work around some ambitious (for the budget) alien anatomy and thats this films creates strength it tries to stay away from all aliens being basically humanoid shaped and throws the occasional curve-ball in there.

Solid not spectacular with a better budget a few extra sub plots this could have been very good as is a solid B-Movie effort no more, no less 5/10.


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