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The Arena (I) (2001)

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Jessemina
Lisa Dergan ...
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Yuliya Chicherina ...
Severina Kamugish Kemirimbe ...
Viktor Verzhbitskiy ...
Anatoli Mambetov ...
Aleksey Osipov ...
Flavius
Kirill Ulyanov ...
Gabriel Vorobyov ...
Leonid Maximov ...
Claudius (as Leon Maximov)
Natalya Surkova ...
Cornelia (as Natalia Surkova)
Alexsei Dedov ...
Igor Botvin ...
Ernst Romanov ...
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In an age of Gladiators, the power that was Rome held its empire together with the might of its armies, the sweat and tears of its conquests, and the cheers and bloodlust of its citizens - glorified in the deadly spectacle of The Arena. Stolen from their homelands, the fiery Druid maiden Bodicia, exotic slave girl Jessemina, and the powerful barbarian Flavius, are pitted against each other as gladiators by the sadistic Roman Governor Timarchus. Banished by Caesar, Timarchus unleashes his frustration on his gladiators, staging extravagant spectacles of combat, orgy and death. In a violent world where only the strong survive, love and hate, life and death, are separated by an instant. Written by Concorde-New Horizons

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Live by the sword... Die by the Gladiatrix. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality

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28 August 2001 (USA)  »

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Early in the movie, Bodicia relates how she was captured by the Romans. She says that her lover gave her a tattoo on the left side of her chest and that they then made love, which the movie shows. As she continues her narrative, of the Romans coming the next morning, the movie shows her fleeing. In this scene, her garments open to bare her chest, but there is no wound, blood, or any other evidence of a tattoo having been given the night before. See more »

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Diedra: No pain, no fear, no worries, just silence, silence.
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Remake of The Arena (1974) See more »

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Enjoy it for what it is
18 February 2005 | by (Sandusky, Ohio) – See all my reviews

If you're reading this having not seen The Arena yet, it should be painfully obvious what you're in for: a low-budget Gladiator knock-off filmed in Russia and starring a couple of Playboy girls, meaning you're in for a lot of graphic scenes of good old-fashioned Roman debauchery.

Sure enough, no surprises to be found... although it wasn't the unapologetic T&A festival that I expected (not the whole way through, at least). As actresses, Karen McDougal and Lisa Dergan make great centrefolds and the rest of the cast list looks like the starting lineup for the Detroit Red Wings, only with better English-speaking skills. The storyline is decadent at best and it features possibly one of the most audacious endings I've seen in recent years that was worthy of fifteen minutes of laughter all on its own.

The Arena turns out to be a toga party and a mud wrestling competition rolled into one... it's cheap entertainment, and I liked it. Enjoy it for what it is, try not to think too hard, and you won't be disappointed.


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