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2020 Texas Gladiators (1983)

Anno 2020 - I gladiatori del futuro (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | March 1984 (Italy)
In a post-apocalyptic Texas, a band of warriors fight against a fascist regime that is trying to take control of all surviving population.


Joe D'Amato (as Kevin Mancuso), George Eastman (uncredited)


George Eastman (as Alex Carver), Aldo Florio




Complete credited cast:
Al Cliver ... Nisus
Harrison Muller Harrison Muller ... Jab
Daniel Stephen ... Catch Dog
Peter Hooten ... Halakron
Hal Yamanouchi ... Red Wolfe (as Al Yamanouchi)
Sabrina Siani ... Maida
Isabella Rocchietta Isabella Rocchietta ... Kezia
Geretta Geretta ... (as Janna Ryann)
Donald O'Brien ... Black One (as Donal O'Brien)


After an atomic war, chaos landed on earth and the law of the jungle took over. Nisus and Maida meet when the group to which Nisus belongs, which has dedicated itself to restoring justice, saves it. The two decide to go south where they are finally trying to rebuild in peace. But, after a few years, after the birth of the daughter Kezia, the place is attacked. It seems destiny that they should never find peace. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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When earth becomes an arena... murder becomes a way of life.


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The ax originally cleaved Donald O'Brien's head, not his chest. However, Joe d'Amato and some others then thought that it was too rough and looked too realistic, and so they re-filmed the scene. A still from the original scene has survived. See more »


Multiple signs warn "DANGER EXSPLOSIVE", misspelling explosive. See more »


Nisus: You've gotta be strong in a world without laws. Ruthless, too.
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Alternate Versions

Videocassette copies of the film (Media Home Entertainment, sub-distributed by Astral Video) released in the Canadian province of Ontario are missing approximately 3 minutes worth of violence. See more »


Featured in Joe D'Amato Totally Uncut: The Horror Experience (2001) See more »

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Entertaining Enough for the Genre
9 March 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

2020 Texas Gladiators (1982)

** (out of 4)

A post-apocalyptic Texas is the setting for this Joe D'Amato film, which has a group of good guys (led by Al Cliver) going through and cleaning up the rougher parts of the city. One of their members, a real nut case, decides to try and rape a woman so he is beaten and kicked out of the group. Sure enough, he forms his own bad guy group and soon he's attacking our good people.

I'm purposely using lame terms like "good guys" and "bad guys" because the film is pretty darn simple like that. There's really not too much of a plot but I'm sure you already know that and especially if you're familiar with these Italian MAD MAX wannabe films. This here is yet another film like that but I must say that I think John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK had an influence on many films from this genre, including this one.

D'Amato, Cliver and several of the crew members also did ENDGAME, another post-apocalyptic film an that one there is slightly better but this one here has a few good things going for it. The highlight of the film are obviously the various action scenes, which certainly show their low-budget nature but at the same time the scenes are at least fun and there are a couple nice kills throughout including one man who gets his chest pretty much brutally attacked. There's even a scene where a nun cuts her throat (twice!?!) to try and avoid the bad guys attacking her.

Performances are pretty much what you'd expect out of a film like this but when is Cliver (ZOMBIE) not worth watching? He makes for a good lead and certainly helps keep you entertained in what you're watching. As you'd expect, all of the women are quite beautiful so that's always a major plus.

2020 Texas GLADIATORS isn't a film that's going to win any major awards but it's certainly entertaining enough to make it worth watching if you're a fan of D'Amato or the genre.

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