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Tanya
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Alex Freyer
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Elena Carter
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Jack
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Brian
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Lt. Taylor
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Detective Smith
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Richard
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Tony
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Chuck
Axel Muench ...
Hans (as Alex Munch)
Gene LeBell ...
MiB Bodyguard
Travis McKenna ...
Trebor
David Speaker ...
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A champion fencer accidentally kills an opponent in a match. Disgraced, he is blackballed from the fencing community, until a mysterious stranger saves his life one night from a gang of muggers. He soon finds himself caught up in the world of underground illegal swordfights, where combatants fight to the death. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Rated R for strong martial arts violence, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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30 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Arena de Aço  »

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The original script, written by star Robert Chapin, was much darker than the final product in which Alex, the main character, was suckered so deeply into the world of drugs, money, women and bloodsport that by the time he was reunited with Elena, he doesn't even recognize her. When MCA/Universal picked it up for home video distribution, it deemed the original script too dark and hired another writer to revise it to make it more lighthearted. See more »

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In the first fights without swords, a guy dodges an attack by back-flipping and landing on his belly. After this he gets up and does a double front kick, Again he falls, this time on his back. During both falls a crash mat can be seen. See more »

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References The Court Jester (1955) See more »

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Get Religion
Performed by Intermix
Written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber
Published by Roadcrew Music, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Third Mind Records/Roadrunner Records
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A good sword flick!
5 April 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

OK, the plot was a bit predictable, but I loved the sword fights in this movie. It's every "what if" a bunch of martial artists could come up with (OK, who would win in a fight: a barbarian or a ninja?). I especially liked the fight between Alex and Brian as an homage to The Court Jester, and the bit with the auditioning roll-player.

Interestingly enough, although Robert Chapin (the star) is credited with writing the movie, it's not widely known that his version was a dark psychological drama in which Alex gets sucked so deeply into the world of drugs, money, women and blood sport, that when he is finally reunited with Elena, he doesn't even recognize her. When MCA bought it, they deemed that version WAY too dark. So they hired a "writer" to clean it up, and they turned it into the sanitized hero plot that we see here.

So, go easy on the guy. He had to watch someone else re-write his story, and then he had to actually SAY those predictable lines. Overall, it's a fun sword flick!


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