The Gladiator (1986 film)

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The Gladiator
VHS cover
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Produced by Tom Schulman
Written by William Bleich
Screenplay by
Story by William Bleich
Music by David Frank
Cinematography James Lemmo
Edited by Herbert H. Dow
  • Walker Brothers Productions
  • New World Television
Distributed by American Broadcasting Company
Release date
  • February 1986 (1986-02)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Gladiator is a made-for-TV vigilante-action film directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Ken Wahl, Nancy Allen & Brian Robbins. Robert Culp, Stan Shaw & Rick Dees have supporting roles. Although originally intended for theatrical release, the film was purchased by Showtime Networks and aired on ABC Television as an original film.[1][2]


A homicidal maniac is on the loose in Los Angeles, killing motorists at random with his "death car". After losing his brother Jeff to the twisted assassin known as "Skull", Rick Benton takes it upon himself to hunt down the reckless drivers that fill the streets at night. Being a master mechanic, Rick spends his time converting his pick-up truck into an armed and dangerous vehicle. With speed to take on the fastest car and strength to make sure in a one-on-one situation, he will be the only survivor. The cops soon find out about the vigilante known only as the "Gladiator" and do all they can to catch him before his citizen's arrests go one step too far.




  1. ^ Terry, Clifford (February 3, 1986). "Bronson on the Freeways: 'Gladiator' is hazardous to the health of bad drivers". The Evening Independent. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ Brenez, Nicole (2007). Contemporary film directors: Abel Ferrara. University of Illinois Press. pp. 125–128, 178. ISBN 0252074114. 

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