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The Gladiators (1969)

Gladiatorerna (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 25 June 1969 (Sweden)
Some time in the future, East and West have stopped maintaining standing armies and nuclear weapons. Instead, to settle their differences they pit different teams of crack combat specialists against each other.

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Peter Watkins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Pentelow Arthur Pentelow ... British General
Frederick Danner Frederick Danner ... British Staff Officer
Hans Bendrik Hans Bendrik ... Capt. Davidsson
Daniel Harle Daniel Harle ... French Officer
Hans Berger Hans Berger ... West German Officer
Rosario Gianetti Rosario Gianetti ... American Officer
Tim Yum Tim Yum ... Chinese Staff Officer
Kenneth Lo Kenneth Lo ... Chinese Colonel
Björn Franzen Björn Franzen ... Swedish Colonel
Christer Gynge Christer Gynge ... Assistant Controller
Jürgen Schilling Jürgen Schilling ... East German Officer
Stefan Dillan Stefan Dillan ... Russian Officer
Ugo Chiari Ugo Chiari ... Italian Officer
Chandrakant Desai Chandrakant Desai ... Indian Officer
George Harris ... Nigerian Officer
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Some time in the future, East and West have stopped maintaining standing armies and nuclear weapons. Instead, to settle their differences they pit different teams of crack combat specialists against each other.

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Sweden

Release Date:

25 June 1969 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gladiators See more »

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Sandrews See more »
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

(July 1970) First prize, Asteroide d'oro, at the International Festival of Science Fiction Film, Trieste, Italy, The jury was composed by Guido Piovene (president), Brian Aldiss, André S. Labarthe, Lajos Matos (of then Yugoslavia), and George Wallach. See more »

Quotes

British Staff Officer: [addressing the allied team] If I may use a boxing metaphor: you can win on points, but what we want is a knock-out.
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international Hunger Games
29 April 2019 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

There's been no shortage of anti-war movies over the years, but Peter Watkins's "Gladiatorerna" ("The Gladiators" in English) takes a different approach. Rather than showing an obvious war or occupation, it depicts a game in which the world's governments - regardless of ideology or race - force people to fight each other for entertainment. The generals merely sit there and politely converse with each other while the citizens fight; all too realistic. An international version of "The Hunger Games", one might say.

It was fitting that this movie got released at the height of the Vietnam War, but surprisingly it didn't become as famous as one might expect. I happened to find it in my local video/DVD store and decided to rent it. Nonetheless, the unrelenting focus on the futility of war - even seen through the context of a "different" kind of war - makes this a movie that everyone should see. I hope to see the rest of Watkins's movies.

George Harris (the Nigerian officer) later played Kingsley Shacklebolt in the Harry Potter movies.


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