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The Arena (1974)

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Two thousand years ago, the people of Rome are so blasée, so used to violence, that entertaining them becomes a political problem. Someone suggests, after a hectic girl fight in a kitchen ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Markov ... Bodicia
Pam Grier ... Mamawi
Lucretia Love ... Deidre
Paul Muller ... Lucilius
Daniele Vargas ... Timarchus
Marie Louise Sinclair Marie Louise Sinclair ... Livia (as Marie Louise)
Maria Pia Conte ... Lucinia (as Mary Count)
Rosalba Neri ... Cornelia (as Sara Bay)
Vassili Karis Vassili Karis ... Marcus (as Vic Karis)
Silvio Laurenzi Silvio Laurenzi ... Priscium (as Sid Lawrence)
Mimmo Palmara ... Rufinius (as Dick Palmer)
Antonio Casale Antonio Casale ... Lucan (as Anthony Vernon)
Franco Garofalo ... Aemilius (as Christopher Oakes)
Pietro Ceccarelli Pietro Ceccarelli ... Septimus (as Peter Cester)
Jho Jhenkins Jho Jhenkins ... Quintus
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Two thousand years ago, the people of Rome are so blasée, so used to violence, that entertaining them becomes a political problem. Someone suggests, after a hectic girl fight in a kitchen between a Nubian and a Viking slave, as a joke, that they should fight in the arena, instead of male gladiators. The idea is approved, though - and a female "Spartacus" theme follows. Written by Artemis-9

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Let the games begin! See more »

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Action | Adventure

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Naked Warriors See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Production Co:

Rover Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rosalba Neri did her own stunt when she gets tripped during the food fight scene. See more »

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Shout Factory's DVD of this film was missing two scenes, so they had to patch them in from a full frame video source. See more »

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For Corman and Grier fans, but not for D'Amato and Neri ones
20 April 2006 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This an interesting mixture of two very different kinds of exploitation film. On one hand, it's basically a Roger Corman women-in-prison film (complete with lots of showers, catfights, and a big bust-out at the end)featuring WIP regulars Pam Greir and Margaret Markhof. On the other hand, it is an Italian "peplum" that was reputedly largely directed by its Italian cinematographer Joe D'Amato and which also stars the luscious Italian actress Rosalba Neri (aka Sarah Bay) as the villianess making her return to the peplum dramas that had made her (semi)famous in the 1960's.

As a Corman film it's not too bad. It has his usual trademark of faux feminism and gratuitous female nudity (by Grier, Markhof, and some of the other slave/prisoners)and it's very formulaic right down to the death of likable innocent(s) and the revenge plot at the end. Unfortunately, it's also a little too tame--it's certainly nowhere near as sleazy as what we've come to expect from the notorious Joe D. I was also personally disappointed at how much they wasted Neri. Not only does she not get naked (a lesbian scene with her and Grier or Markhof would certainly have been memorable), but as a villain she comes off kind of bland--not nearly what she showed she's capable of in films like "Amuck", "Top Sensation", and "Lady Frankenstein".

I guess whether you like this or not will depend on whether you're more of a Corman and Grier fan (in which case it's pretty OK) or whether you're a D'Amato and Neri fan (in which case you'll probably be a little disappointed).


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