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The Arena (2001)

In an age of Gladiators, the power that was Rome held its empire together with the might of its armies, the sweat and tears of its conquests, and the cheers and bloodlust of its citizens - ... See full summary »

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Timur Bekmambetov

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John William Corrington (as John Corrington)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen McDougal ... Jessemina
Lisa Dergan Lisa Dergan ... Bodicia
Olga Sutulova ... Livia
Yuliya Chicherina Yuliya Chicherina ... Diedra
Severina Kamugish Kemirimbe Severina Kamugish Kemirimbe ... Lucinia
Viktor Verzhbitskiy ... Timarchus
Anatoliy Mambetov ... Septimus (as Anatoly Mambetov)
Aleksey Osipov ... Flavius
Kirill Ulyanov ... Priscium
Gabriel Vorobyov Gabriel Vorobyov ... Aemelius
Leonid Maximov Leonid Maximov ... Claudius (as Leon Maximov)
Natalya Surkova ... Cornelia (as Natalia Surkova)
Alexsei Dedov Alexsei Dedov ... Wolfstan
Igor Botvin Igor Botvin ... Quintus
Ernst Romanov ... Caesar
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Storyline

In an age of Gladiators, the power that was Rome held its empire together with the might of its armies, the sweat and tears of its conquests, and the cheers and bloodlust of its citizens - glorified in the deadly spectacle of The Arena. Stolen from their homelands, the fiery Druid maiden Bodicia, exotic slave girl Jessemina, and the powerful barbarian Flavius, are pitted against each other as gladiators by the sadistic Roman Governor Timarchus. Banished by Caesar, Timarchus unleashes his frustration on his gladiators, staging extravagant spectacles of combat, orgy and death. In a violent world where only the strong survive, love and hate, life and death, are separated by an instant. Written by Concorde-New Horizons

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Taglines:

Live by the sword... Die by the Gladiatrix. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Russia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arena da Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Petersburg, Russia

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Goofs

Early in the movie, Bodicia relates how she was captured by the Romans. She says that her lover gave her a tattoo on the left side of her chest and that they then made love, which the movie shows. As she continues her narrative, of the Romans coming the next morning, the movie shows her fleeing. In this scene, her garments open to bare her chest, but there is no wound, blood, or any other evidence of a tattoo having been given the night before. See more »

Quotes

Jessemina: This is your land and these are your people! The time for asking is over!
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Connections

Remake of The Arena (1974) See more »

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Lots of nudity, not much sense.
11 February 2003 | by fguntherSee all my reviews

From what I could see, the only reason this movie exists is to give some very beautiful Playmates multiple opportunities to display the nude female figure divine. Regretfully, the nude scenes are (for me anyway) pretty much destroyed by poor editing; the constant cuts and pseudo-artsy close-ups become very distracting after a while. Maybe they were trying to avoid letting us see the silicone <grin>?

The "actresses" can't act, even with their clothes off! Most of the characters are obviously speaking a different language overdubbed in English. As for the storyline, well, it's got so many holes in it, I wouldn't even know where to begin. Even the fights are poorly staged, their impact destroyed by dumb closeups and dizzying, confusing scene jumps.

Too bad, with a little effort, it could actually have been a fairly decent movie. The first step would have had to be, give the Playmates some acting lessons. Both vertical and horizontal.

One positive note: the scenes in which the women struggle to learn the fighting arts are actually quite well-done. You get the feeling the actresses enjoyed learning how to fight, and put themselves into it, without any phoniness.


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