New Gladiators

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Released 1983

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Director:
Lucio Fulci
Released:
1983
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New Gladiators takes place in director Lucio Fulci's dark vision of the 21st century in which competing television networks have devised the ultimate means of obtaining ratings: through violent and deadly game shows. Convicted murderers participate in modernized versions of the Roman gladiatorial games, where contestants duel upon motorcycles to the death. Desperate for increased ratings, the maniacal WBS network chief Cortez (Claudio Cassinelli) devises the greatest extravaganza, "The Battle of the Damned" taking place in the Roman Coliseum. Cortez decides they need a likable champion for their new show, choosing the unbeaten champion of previous games, Drake, (Jared Martin) from a bitter history between the two men. Cortez frames Drake for a triple homicide against men responsible for killing Drake's wife Susan (Valerie Jones) and condemns Drake to participate in the games. As Drake struggles to survive the violent competition, he begins recruiting allies against the network oppressors and enacting a daring plan to overthrow the network and exact justice against those who condemned him.

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