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Release Date:
11 October 2011 (USA) See more »
There's no greater battle... Than the battle for your life. See more »
David Lord finds himself forced into the savage world of a modern gladiatorial arena, where men fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Samuel L. Jackson ... Logan

Kellan Lutz ... David Lord

Johnny Messner ... Kaden

Katia Winter ... Milla

Daniel Dae Kim ... Taiga

James Remar ... Agent McCarty

Nina Dobrev ... Lori

Lauren Shiohama ... Kawaii

Irene Choi ... Kaneko

Kofi Yiadom ... Ripper

Derek Mears ... Brutus Jackson

Dean J. West ... Rick
Jason Zone Fisher ... Josh
Kent Jude Bernard ... Craig
Grant Case ... Drunk Frat Boy
Heather Harrison ... Samantha
Marcelle Baer ... Ashley

Phil Culotta ... Mayhem

Michael Liu ... Yoshi

Tze Yep ... Chinese Middle Manager
Solomon Loop ... Bus Driver

Shanna Forrestall ... Computer Tech

Sam Medina ... Mexican Bouncer

Vanessa Branch ... BBC reporter

Laura Weissbecker ... Reporter

Mayra Leal ... Mexican Bartender
Monica Acosta ... Bar Patron

Brandon Ellison ... Scientist / Lab Coat

Josh Tessier ... Lead Soldier

Amy Le ... Akiko
Angel Spitale ... Girl in cell
Alex Froman ... Marine
Kaj Larsen ... Navy SEAL Team Leader
Bob Gassoff ... Navy SEAL #1
Monti Favero ... Navy SEAL #2
Tom Cowan ... Navy SEAL #3
Tommy Cowan ... Navy SEAL #4
Ryan Cowan ... Navy SEAL #5
David Poole ... Army Officer
Jimmy Townsend ... Bar Patron #1
Marshall Geller ... Bar Patron #2
Mike Shustek ... Bar Patron #3
Ira Levine ... Bar Patron #4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michelle Andrew ... Tracy Williams

Beau Brasseaux ... Jailor (as Beau Brasso)
Thomas C. Daniel ... The Cleaner
Kasey Emas ... Girl at Party

Jason Lumberjack Johnson ... Jailer (as Jason Johnson)
Diego Rodriguez Delfino ... Fratboy (uncredited)
Ryan H. Jackson ... Jailor (uncredited)

Nathan Alan Thomas ... Jailer / Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonah Loop 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tony Giglio  written by
Michael Hultquist  original screenplay
Robert Martinez  original screenplay

Produced by
Justin Bursch .... co-producer
Mike Callaghan .... producer
Larry Collins .... co-producer
Rui Costa Reis .... executive producer
Eliad Josephson .... executive producer
Brad Krevoy .... producer
Reuben Liber .... executive producer
Patrick Newall .... line producer
Philip Poole .... assistant producer
Nick Thurlow .... executive producer
Gregory M. Walker .... executive producer
Ryan Westheimer .... associate producer
Mark Williams .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Danna 
Cinematography by
Nelson Cragg 
Film Editing by
Robert Berman 
Harvey Rosenstock 
Casting by
Anne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Tom Lisowski 
Set Decoration by
Ryan Welsch 
Costume Design by
Shawn Holly Cookson 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist: Mr. Jackson
Martin Astles .... makeup effects sculptor
Hailey Authement .... assistant makeup artist
Adam Brandy .... makeup artist: Mr. Jackson, pickup shots
Nicole Gaudin .... key hair stylist
Marcos Gonzales .... department head hair
Lauren Thomas .... key makeup artist
Lauren Thomas .... makeup department head
Lauren Thomas .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Patrick Newall .... post-production supervisor
Cj Stewart .... post-production manager: Post Matters
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bryan Adams .... assistant director intern
Phil Culotta .... second unit director
Ben Ledoux .... second assistant director
Chip Signore .... first assistant director
Zack Smith .... second second assistant director (as Zack L. Smith)
Art Department
Brandon Briscoe .... scenic
John J. Capeville III .... carpenter
William Catania .... assistant property master
James Comisky .... prop maker
Jesani Drew .... art intern
Dan Fraga .... storyboard artist
John Gathright .... leadman
Matthew Gatlin .... draftsman
David Goodwin .... set designer
Roy Harrison .... set dresser
Wayne J. Harrison .... prop maker
Destin M. Hebert .... set dresser
Mark T. Henderson .... prop maker
James J. Hershey .... prop maker
Keith Keal .... set dresser
Jason Oertling .... lead scenic
Danielle Poret .... art department coordinator
Jefry Shebroe .... on-set dresser
Ember Soberman .... painter
Marcus Turchi .... construction coordinator
Keith Wall .... set dresser
Brook Yeaton .... property master
Sound Department
Patrick O. Bird .... supervising sound editor
Kathleen Edwards .... adr recordist: New Mexico
John W. Frost .... supervising sound editor
Steven Huerstel .... boom operator
Tor McAfee Kingdon .... adr mixer: New Mexico
Ryan McCabe .... sound effects editor
Daniel D. Monahan .... sound mixer
Mykl Rogers .... sound editor
Patrick Rubenstein .... sound production assistant
Eric Stolz .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
David A. Poole .... pyrotechnician
Ryan A. Riley .... special effects technician
Steve Riley .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Chase Bickel .... digital compositor
Tarn Fox .... visual effects producer
Nicholas Lund-Ulrich .... digital artist
Melaina Mace .... digital matte painter: Scoundrel
Mark Matta .... layout & matchmove artist
David B. Moulder .... visual effects supervisor
Patricia O'Donnell .... compositor
Marco Recuay .... visual effects supervisor: Scoundrel
Jason Ripley .... visual effects artist
D.J. Shea .... visual effects supervisor: Post Matters
Erin Nicole Wyatt .... visual effects editor
Arnold Chon .... fight coordinator
Arnold Chon .... stunt player
Phil Culotta .... stunt coordinator
Solomon Loop .... stunt player
Sam Medina .... stunt player
Lin Oeding .... stunt coordinator
Sam Schulak .... stunt intern
Josh Tessier .... stunt player
Kofi Yiadom .... stunt player
Jason Lumberjack Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Broussard .... rigging electrician
David Bush .... camera intern
Scott Calcagno .... electrician
Nicholas Davidoff .... camera operator: "b" camera
Nezben Deason .... grip
Ryan Elliott .... jib operator: "b" camera
Stephen Fouasnon .... second assistant camera: re-shoots
Kevin Kennedy .... key grip
Kimberlee Loop .... still photographer
Ronald 'Ronnie' Martin .... electrician
Richard Maxey .... dolly grip
BJ McDonnell .... camera operator: "a" camera
BJ McDonnell .... steadicam operator
Charlie Nauman .... second assistant camera
Brandon Swain .... electrician
Brandon Swain .... rigging gaffer
Shawn Torge .... electrician
Jeffery J. Tufano .... additional camera operator
Trevor Tufano .... second assistant camera
David J. White II .... first assistant camera
Wade Whitley .... first assistant camera
Marc Wiercioch .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Barry Williamson .... grip
Louis Zlotowicz .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Casting Department
Brent Caballero .... local casting
Hank Langlois .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daniel Flores .... wardrobe production assistant
Billy Ray McKenna .... costume supervisor
Katey Ravencraft .... set costumer
Nicole Siegenberg .... key costumer
Michelle Toledo .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Andrew Drazek .... dailies technician
Colin Laurent-Bixler .... apprentice editor
Jason Yanuzzi .... colorist
Location Management
Norris Ortolano .... location manager
Music Department
John Fee .... composer: additional music
Joe Paganelli .... music supervisor
Dan Parr .... orchestrator
John Whynot .... score mixer
John Whynot .... score recordist
Peter Fuchs .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Morris Aroesti .... picture car coordinator
Morris Aroesti .... transportation coordinator
Willie D. Partin .... transportation captain
Chris Pedersen .... driver
Other crew
Bryan Adams .... key set intern
Zack Bartow .... production assistant
Nathaniel Bartrum .... set production assistant
Ashley Brahm .... production coordinator
Marjorie Chodorov .... production accountant
Margo Nicole Clark .... stand-in
Karen Dean .... assistant production coordinator
Jesani Drew .... set intern
Greg Dukes .... stand-in for Mr. Jackson
Sarah Duryea .... production office intern
Sarah Duryea .... script supervisor: second unit
Kasey Emas .... stand-in (as Kasey Amanda)
Jamie Freeman .... set intern
Mike Groner .... insurance broker
Pamela Jones .... post-production accountant
Jeremy Kirkland .... production assistant
Kevin Lum .... key set production assistant
Volney McFarlin .... assistant: Mr. Jackson
Jen Parsons .... set production assistant
Kimberley Roper .... script supervisor
Pilar L. Salazar .... payroll accountant
Claire Schexnayder .... assistant production accountant
Chris Williams .... production assistant
Eric Williams .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong brutal and bloody violence throughout, graphic nudity and language
94 min (theatrical version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

After Samuel L. Jackson was cast, the title of the film was changed from 'Fury' to 'Arena', to avoid confusion with Jackson's role as Nick Fury, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.See more »
Factual errors: The uniforms worn by the prison guards on the South African prisoner transfer are all wrong. Prison transfers are usually done by the police, who wear distinctive blue uniforms. Prison services wear pinkish-brown uniforms.See more »
David Lord:Life sucks. Scars happen.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Cool Hand Luke (1967)See more »
You've Gotta Want ItSee more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Strong entry in the genre., 23 August 2014
Author: TdSmth5 from US

Some guy and his pregnant wife drive somewhere, when a car hits them. The girl dies. Now the guy ends up a drunk in Acapulco. A pretty brunette picks him up. At his hotel room she tasers him and two guys drag him away. He wakes up in a large cell. In the next cell is some Asian guy who tells him that they'll all die. Some guy in an executioner mask appears and tells our guy that he'll have to kill if he wants to live and that his new name is Deathdealer. After being tortured and teasered repeatedly, he's thrown into some green screened room where he's attacked by another fighter. It takes a while but he finally reacts and fights and beats the other guy. But since in real life he's a paramedic, he wants to help his enemy, until the executioner arrives and beheads the looser.

As it turns out this is all part of an underground fighting ring that transmits the fights live over the internet all over the world. The authorities are looking for those responsible to no avail. In charge is Samuel Jackson. He's got two Asian girls running the high tech operation. The pretty brunette turns out to be a recruiter, who finds guys, kidnaps them, and offers them to Sam.

She has high hopes for her guy, while the executioner thinks he has no future. Sam meanwhile offers him a deal, if he wins 10 fights, he earns his freedom. But it's only until he sees the Asian guy's girl die because of his unwillingness of to fight that he finally reacts. He accepts Sam's terms but wants the executioner to be his final opponent. The brunette helps and heals him all along.

He does well in fights, but he knows well that it's unlikely that Sam will keep his word, if it weren't for the help of the girl. We also learn a bit more about his background as the story unravels.

Among underground fighting ring movies, Arena is one of the better ones. And it's mostly thanks to a strong cast. Lutz and Messner do a solid job. Even Jackson, who hasn't done anything resembling decent acting in decades is actually in good shape here. This tongue-in-cheek role is well suited for him. Anything more serious is a challenge for him. But if there's one person responsible for making this movie really enjoyable it's the lovely Katia Winter. She just steals the show. And fortunately, they director doesn't mind showing all her strengths. As a fight movie, Arena doesn't really stand out, except perhaps for the fight with the serial killer. All the fights are against a CGI 300-inspired artificially-colored background and in different settings. Some of the scenes with the viewers are weak. We get some Japanese fans and well and American frat boys who stumbled onto the set after starring in a tooth-whitening commercial. Those scenes are a bit repetitive. Arena offers a lot of story for the genre. Usually movies like these are happy to have some caricature of a villain and some good guy, that's it. Arena does offer a lot more and with a humble budget.

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