The Arena (2001 film)

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The Arena
The Arena 2001.jpg
Cover image of VHS cassette
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov
Produced by Roger Corman,
Sergei Livnev
Written by John William Corrington
Starring Karen McDougal,
Lisa Dergan
Distributed by New Horizons Home Video
Release dates 28 August 2001 (USA)
Running time 92 min.
Country Russia
United States
Language English

The Arena is a direct-to-video film from producer Roger Corman on the subject of female gladiators. It is a remake of the 1974 The Arena with Pam Grier. It was shot in Russia by Kazakh director Timur Bekmambetov with a Russian crew and it featured Playboy playmates Karen McDougal and Lisa Dergan, in their feature film debut, playing the roles of Amazon slaves forced to be gladiators in a Roman Arena.

The film, initially titled Gladiatrix, was deemed[by whom?] to be a knockoff of Gladiator.[citation needed] Although the film was not well received, it has turned into a lesser known cult film.

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