The Arena begins in England during the days of the Roman Empire when Roman slavers interrupt a pagan religious ceremony and kidnap statuesque blonde Bodicia (Margaret Markov). Meanwhile, another group of slavers bust up a dancing-and-drums ritual in Africa to kidnap voluptuous Mamawi (Pam Grier).
Together with other recent abductees, Bodicia and Mamawi are taken to a place called Burundium and sold at auction – along with Deidre (Lucretia Love) and Livia (Marie Louise Sinclair) – to Priscium (Silvio Laurenzi), a fey Roman who helps operate a gladiatorial academy.
The ladies are tasked with menial duties, and they’re also expected to provide gladiators with companionship.
Eventually, a catfight in the academy’s kitchen gives Priscium and his gluttonous boss, Timarchus (Daniele Vargas) the idea to present female gladiators as a novelty attraction.
Audiences love the girl-on-girl action, turning Bodicia and Mamawi into arena superstars. All the while, the women are plotting their escape.
Betrayal, bloodshed, and bonking ensue.
Think Spartacus without the sociopolitical themes and with bloody catfights, sleazy nude scenes and one breathless scene of sex and/or violence after another.
Leading ladies Pam Grier and Margaret Markov are displayed to flattering effect.
Marie Louise Sinclair
Maria Pia Conte
Rosalba Neri (as Sara Bay)
Silvio Laurenzi (as Sid Lawrence)
Mimmo Palmara (as Dick Palmer)
Antonio Casale (as Anthony Vernon)
Franco Garofalo (as Christopher Oakes)
Pietro Ceccarelli (as Peter Cester)
Joe D’Amato (Joe Dante)