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


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

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Russia | USA

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Release Date:

28 August 2001 (USA) See more »

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St. Petersburg, Russia

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Color
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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 »

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Bad Editing and Directing Make This Film Almost Unwatchable
15 February 2011 | by jollyroperSee all my reviews

I'm astonished to read reviews recommending this film for its T&A factor. Considering it is clearly a B-level exploitation film starring two former Playboy Playmates, you'd THINK it had T&A aplenty but it has very little. The four female gladiators who are the leads spend most of their time dressed in dowdy rags that cover them from neck to knees. There are some brief nude scenes and a couple of brief sex scenes, but like the rest of the movie they are jump cut so aggressively that you have a lot of trouble seeing what there is to see. Plus the sex scenes are seriously underlit. It is literally hard to watch the movie because of all the jump cutting. The fight scenes are filmed the same way, which helps somewhat with the rather obvious lack of fighting ability of the gladiatrixes (who don't do all that much fighting -- the fighting is handled by more capable male actors, who were also heavily jump cut, just like the rest of the movie).

Most of the movie's dramatic opportunities are completely bobbled as well. The set up provides for plenty of drama: who shall live, who shall die, whom will be betrayed by whom, etc. Very little advantage was taken of it.

If you are looking for well done gladiator movies, any single episode of the Starz series "Spartacus" will put this movie to shame. Deathstalker and Barbarian Queen have MUCH better fight scenes as well as more and better T&A. "The Arena" is simply a failure, badly botched, not worth any attention at all. There are some MST3K-able bits, but even there the jump cutting is a problem. There is NOTHING to recommend this film. Do. Not. Watch. And if you do ... don't say you weren't warned.


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