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
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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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Storyline

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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Tonight. Championship Grudge Match. Man Vs. Monster. See more »


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18 September 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arena - Nur einer Überlebt  »

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Trivia

The film is considered to be a loose remake of Star Trek: The Gamesters of Triskelion (1968). See more »

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During the first closeup of Horn lifting Steve over his head in the final fight a safety wire can be seen attached to Steve's waist. 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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Soundtracks

I Love the Barbarian
Music and Lyrics by Paolo Rustichelli
Performed by Shari Shattuck
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A cool Alien Scifi Flick which you can watch without too much thought
8 February 2003 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Although it is probably ten years since I last saw this film I do have it in my loft along with hundreds of other films I bought from my local video rental shop. I found it very entertaining and yes although not the most serious film ever made you had to take it as was. Simply an action scifi made for a young teen audience. For a limited budget film I thought the creature effects and set design were pretty good and the acting was by far not the worst I have seen. So for me at a time when I was a 17 / 18 year old wanting to get into the effects business it touched a cord with me along with other scifi flicks and I am now working in the film industry and have been doing so for the past 5 years


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