Though born from the crucible of imperfect race relations of the late 60’s and 70’s, many of Pam Grier’s films are still wildly enjoyable.
Exploitation to some, Blaxploitation to others, her work is a great time capsule to the wild and fashionably suspect 70’s. I remember when I was young trying to find any posters of her but never being able to locate any.
Tall, bosomy, and a little crazy, she was a great break from the demure leading ladies around her.
The Arena (also known as Naked Warriors) is a 1974 gladiator exploitation film starring Pam Grier and Margaret Markov, previously seen in the women prison film Black Mama, White Mama. It is directed by Steve Carver and Joe D’Amato (uncredited).
Naturally it was produced by Roger Corman.
It’s a guilty pleasure.
Just some drive by admiration for Pam Grier.
Growing up in the late 70’s I had a giant crush on Pam Grier. Aside from her natural beauty, she was voluptuous, daring and not afraid to get into a fist fight. And on a very personal note, I have a preference straight noses on women. Some people have a foot fetish, I have a nose fetish. A sexy nose overwhelms me. I say this because there are some beautiful, world-famous women who actually I am not attracted to because they have a bulbous nose. It’s a small thing, but its persuades me. While other boys were buying Farah Fawcett posters I was trying to find Pam Grier posters.
Famous for roles in such sensual and Blaxploitation films as Greased Lighting, Sheba Baby, Foxy Brown, The Big Bird Cage, Women in Cages, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, The Arena Pam Grier was and remains a sexy Hollywood siren.
A woman possessed of great physical beauty.