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New Gladiators (2002)

Not Rated | | Action, Documentary | 17 August 2002 (USA)
The New Gladiators a film financed by the late Elvis Presley and featuring some of the 1970's greatest karate champions, has been found, restored, and is now made available for release by Rising Sun Productions.

Director:

Bob Hammer

Writers:

Ed Parker, Elvis Presley (idea)
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Credited cast:
Emil Farkas Emil Farkas
Darnel Garcia Darnel Garcia
Roy Kurban Roy Kurban
Ronald L. Marchini ... (as Ron Marchini)
John Natividad John Natividad ... Himself
Ed Parker
Benny Urquidez
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This lost vintage feature film, 'New Gladiators', was filmed in 1973 & 1974 and was the pet project of Elvis Presley and Ed Parker; finally found, restored and released. The cast of this feature film reads like a 'who's who' of the martial arts. You will see Team USA fight at Wembley Stadium in London, England, and then very next day, fight in Brussels against the very best fighters in Belgium. This is not a 'how-to' video - this entertaining film features a great soundtrack created by David Crosby and Graham Nash, and is narrated by karate legend, Chuck Sullivan. Written by Don Warrener <donrw@earthlink.net>

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Elvis can be seen as far back as the early 60s, using karate in his films. His last acting appearance was in 1969, in Change of Habit. See more »

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Elvis would be proud that it has finally been released after nearly 30 years in the back of a pick up truck!
17 July 2003 | by donrwSee all my reviews

What can you say bad about a movie that Elvis had touched with his own hand and his own money? He commissioned the movie in 1973 to be done by George Waite and Bob Hammer. The movie is rough in a finished state but if you are like me and love the karate of the 70's then you will love it. The music selected by David Crosby andGraham Nash is perfect and movie was shot by Paul Davio and John Hora who were later both nominated for academy awards. The movie is excellent and even though it is slow in the middle the fights between Benny Urquidez and Roy Kurban and the fights between Ron Marchini and Geert Lemmens are spectaculiar. Check it out you will love it.


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