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The Arena (1974)

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In ancient Rome audiences have grown tired of viewing gladiators fight to the death. Something new is needed--women. (Josiah Howard, "Blaxploitation cinema: The Essential Reference Guide.")

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Steve Carver
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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 ... 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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Storyline

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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See wild women fight to the death! See more »

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Action | Adventure

Certificate:

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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rover Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the actors cast as gladiators were stunt men. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original version was re-edited, with cuts cuts of about 9 minutes, for re-release on video in the USA and Canada, re-titled Naked Warriors. One of the cut scenes was the men's gladiator fights that prompts the grief among the novice women gladiators. See more »

Connections

Featured in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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'Black Mama, White Mama' meets 'Spartacus'! Well, not quite...
8 December 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

On paper, 'The Arena' looks like exploitation gold. You're got the sexy and super cool Pam Grier and Margaret Markov teamed up again after their success in Eddie Romero's 'Black Mama, White Mama'. A script by the Corringtons, fresh from the success of 'The Omega Man'. Plus two directors, prolific king of sleaze Joe D'Amato ('Antropophagus'), and Steve Carver of 'Big Bad Mama' and 'Drum' fame. Unfortunately, the movie never really kick starts into high gear, and while entertaining enough, is a bit of a let down after the classic 'Black Mama, White Mama'. Grier and Markov play slaves forced to serve the decadent Romans who make up the jaded audience of the local gladiator battles. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess that before too long the women will have to fight in the arena themselves, initially against male gladiators, but eventually their fellow female slaves. Will their individual will to survive win out over their burgeoning proto-feminist consciousness? I'll leave you to find that out... This is an above average 1970s drive in movie helped tremendously by the presence of Markov, and especially blaxploitation legend Grier, who is tough and sexy and shows quite a bit of flesh. The spirited cast also includes Jess Franco favourite Paul Muller ('Vampyros Lesbos', 'A Virgin Among The Living Dead', Caiano's underrated 'Night Of The Doomed'). A fun movie if you don't expect too much.


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