Arena, The (1974, USA/ITA) C-83m. SCOPE ** D: Steve Carver, Joe D'Amato. Starring Margaret Markov, Pam Grier, Lucretia Love, Paul Muller, Daniele Vargas, Marie Louise, Sara Bay (=Rosalba Neri), Mimmo Palmara, Tom Felleghy. Change of setting for usual WIP formula as Markov, Grier and other women are enslaved and become gladiators in Rome. Weak plot made watchable by Grier's physique. The score by Francesco de Masi is also not bad. Co-director D'Amato also photographed the picture. Produced by Roger Corman and Mark Damon. Co-edited by Joe Dante! Remade in 2001. Alternative title: NAKED WARRIORS.

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