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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:

For a thousand years no human has been the champion. He wants to be the first. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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 closeup of Horn lifting Steve over his head in the final fight a safety wire can be seen attached to Steve's waist. 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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Suspend your Disbelief
6 June 2006 | by drummerboy_1066See all my reviews

Overall, a highly enjoyable and truly wonderful film. Yes, the effects are shabby, the acting stilted, the story disjointed, but this film does something quite rare, it transports you into a world where these things don't matter. It's a world that is truly believable in the way that modern sci-fi flicks simply are not (I use the recent Star Wars outing as my authority). In the same way that the cantina scene from the original star wars film caught the imagination, this movie does the same. You get a glimpse into a strange and weird world where men in leotards wrestle with giant slugs with a dwarf with four arms as your best friend. Truly unique and amazing fun.


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