The Gladiators (film)

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This article is about the 1969 film. For other uses, see Gladiator (disambiguation).
The Gladiators
The Gladiators FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Peter Watkins
Produced by Göran Lindgren
Written by Peter Watkins
Nicholas Gosling
Music by Claes af Geijerstam
Cinematography Peter Suschitzky
Release dates
25 June 1969
Running time
92 min.
Country Sweden
Language English

The Gladiators (Swedish: Gladiatorerna, alternate title The Peace Game) is a 1969 Swedish drama/science fiction film directed by Peter Watkins.


In order to prevent a Third World War, the superpowers decide to introduce “international peace games,” a deadly miniature battle fought between small teams of drafted teenage soldiers from each country and broadcast on TV around the world as the most popular reality TV program.


  • Arthur Pentelow as British General
  • Frederick Danner as British Staff Officer
  • Hans Bendrik as Capt. Davidsson
  • Daniel Harle as French Officer
  • Hans Berger as West German Officer
  • Rosario Gianetti as American Officer
  • Tim Yum as Chinese Staff Officer
  • Kenneth Lo as Chinese Colonel
  • Björn Franzen as Swedish Colonel
  • Christer Gynge as Assistant Controller
  • Jürgen Schilling as East German Officer
  • Stefan Dillan as Russian Officer
  • Ugo Chiari as Italian Officer
  • Chandrakant Desai as Indian Officer
  • George Harris as Nigerian Officer
  • Pik-Sen Lim as C-2

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