Gladiatorerna (The Gladiators) (Peace Game)
Gladiatorerna (The Gladiators) (Peace Game) (1971)

War becomes a sort of global game show in this darkly witty mock-documentary satire from filmmaker Peter Watkins. In the waning days of the 20th Century, the world's major military powers have come to the conclusion it's no longer… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 21, 1971
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Here, Watkins employs a type of absurdist humor - one might retrospectively call it a Pythonesque element - that would for the most part drop out of his subsequent work.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Plays as if it were current reality TV fare.

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Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Watkins was reacting against Vietnam, but his assessment can easily be translated into today's hotbed political climate.

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Eric Broome
Peter Watkins' "The Gladiators" may be obscure, but its plot has become most relevant in today's reality-show landscape. Its satirical take… More
alan jay
way ahead of its time...very strong themeatically and is a timeless metaphor. Be sure to watch the commentary included on the dvd. An intellectual masterpiece… More