The Arena (1974) - Plot Summary Poster



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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.

  • Female gladiators fight to the death. Inspired by the story of Spartacus, follow the adventures of a bevy of slave girls who, upon finding themselves thrust into the gladiator ring, mount a vicious rebellion to fight their way to freedom.


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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 Gudie.")

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