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Arena (1989)

A human becomes an unlikely rising star in the biggest fighting tournament in the galaxy that's dominated by alien species.

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Peter Manoogian
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Satterfield ... Steve Armstrong
Hamilton Camp ... Shorty
Claudia Christian ... Quinn
Marc Alaimo ... Rogor
Shari Shattuck ... Jade
Armin Shimerman ... Weezil
Brett Porter ... Wayne
Charles Tabansi Charles Tabansi ... Troy
Michael Deak ... Horn
Jack Carter ... Announcer
William Butler ... Skull
Grady Clarkson Grady Clarkson ... Commissioner Dent
Dave Thompson ... Doctor
Ken Clark ... Marcus
Diana Rose Diana Rose ... Space Lady in Nightclub
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Storyline

Steve Armstrong is a human short-order cook in a fast food restaurant on a "starstation" where the most popular arena fighting tournament in the whole galaxy is held. Members of various alien species fight one on one, often dirty, to become the ruling champions of the galaxy. The restaurant's sole waiter and Steve's boss is Shorty, a short four-armed scheming humanoid alien. When Steve saves Shorty from a particularly unpleasant and violent alien guest, they're both fired by the restaurant's automated A.I. for brawling. Shorty shows gratitude and they become friends. However, without jobs, they'll both be kicked off the space station. Thankfully, Quinn, a human female no-nonsense fighting promoter, who's in quick need of new fighters, hears about Steve's fight with the alien guest and offers him sponsorship. Human fighters have traditionally been defeated easily by naturally tougher alien fighters in previous tournaments and Steve would be a real underdog. Shorty manages to convince ...

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Taglines:

Tonight. Championship Grudge Match. Man Vs. Monster. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arena - Nur einer Überlebt See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Telecolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Marc Alaimo and Armin Shimerman would both go on to star in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Claudia Christian would go on to star in Babylon 5 (1994). See more »

Goofs

During the first fight, Vermin tells the corner man to inject the drug into Horn's right arm. But they inject it into his left arm. See more »

Quotes

Space Comic: Oh, I could stay all night, folks, but I gotta go. A hand for the boys in the band, and remember, I hate your guts!
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Soundtracks

Living in the Galaxy
Music and Lyrics by Paolo Rustichelli
Performed by Shari Shattuck
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Great when I was 10!

When I was 10 I loved this film. It's a bit like Kickboxer meets Star trek meets Rocky. I managed to get a copy a few years back now and watched it again with a few friends.

To say it was weird was an understatement. It's actually rather funny at how bad the acting and effects are. i remember it being really exciting and packed with action. Watching it now I realised it was slow with little action and what action there was was just actually very funny.

To be honest they could do a remake which if done properly could be really good.

If you like sci-fi 'B' movies then this is the one for you.

Good old 80/90's fun!


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