The Gladiators

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Science Fiction

Peter Watkins, whose brilliant film THE WAR GAME (1965) is still banned by the BBC, fell flat this time as he ventured into sub-B movie territory. Set in the near future, countries engage in televised gladiatorial bouts known as the Peace Games. Sponsored by a spaghetti company, the games are intended to subdue man's aggressive tendencies. During the 256th...read more

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Peter Watkins, whose brilliant film THE WAR GAME (1965) is still banned by the BBC, fell flat this time as he ventured into sub-B movie territory. Set in the near future, countries engage in televised gladiatorial bouts known as the Peace Games. Sponsored by a spaghetti company, the

games are intended to subdue man's aggressive tendencies. During the 256th game (China versus the West) a radical French student intervenes and inadvertently causes the computer to assassinate a British soldier and the Chinese prisoner he loves. A disappointing failure.

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  • Review: Peter Watkins, whose brilliant film THE WAR GAME (1965) is still banned by the BBC, fell flat this time as he ventured into sub-B movie territory. Set in the near future, countries engage in televised gladiatorial bouts known as the Peace Games. Sponsored… (more)

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