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The story picks up at the point where "The Robe (1953)" ends, following the martyrdom of Diana and Marcellus. Christ's robe is conveyed to Peter for safe-keeping, but the emperor Caligula wants it back to benefit from its powers. Marcellus' former slave Demetrius seeks to prevent this, and catches the eye of Messalina, wife to Caligula's uncle Claudius. Messalina tempts Demetrius, he winds up fighting in the arena, and wavers in his faith. Written by
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Why did you run? I don't think you're a coward. You had no real chance of escaping, you must have known that!
This is a place where men are trained to kill each other like animals!
And men aren't animals?
We admire a magnificent animal who fights. Why not a man who fights ?
Because God did not put man on earth to destroy his own kind. Nor a woman to enjoy their agonies as they die.
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An encompassing drama of what happened to "The Robe"
The film opens with Emperor Caligula (Jay Robinson) calling for his guards to find him the robe to bring him eternal life Caligula stakes his life on the loyalty of the Praetorian Guards So if they can keep him alive at all, why not forever?
Peter (Michael Rennie) gave Demetrius of Corinth (Victor Mature) their master's robe to keep for him As we all remember, Demetrius took the robe from the foot of the cross before Jesus died
By order of Caligula, 20 pieces of gold were authorized to pay for information concerning the robe that Jesus wore to the cross Defending Lucia (Debra Paget) from malicious attack of a Praetorian Decurion, Demetrius is caught and sentenced to train as gladiator in the Claudian school
Being fully a Christian entails having a commitment: Demetrius, obviously, is condemned to death because he can't take a man's life Puzzled by his religion, and fascinated by his magnificent physique, and wanting to find out if Demetrius will kill or not his opponent, Messalina asks to be put in the arena against the king of swordsmen the Nuban Glycon (William Marshall).
The dramatic moment of the film comes when Lucia (Debra Paget)Demetrius' sweetheartsneaks in and is attacked by Dardanius (Richard Egan) and other gladiators... His faith shaken, Demetrius makes several kills, renounces his god, and succumbs to Messalina's charms...
Susan Hayward looked gorgeous as the wicked Messalina The part, however, was not developed... It might have been an ideal role for this beloved actress... This was Hayward's second movie with the radiant Debra Paget, who was still considered a promising starlet, but, again, they were never together in a scene...
Future Academy Award winners Ernest Borgnine and Anne Bancroft had small parts... Michael Rennie and Jay Robinson were excellent in their respective roles... Julie Newmeyer was one of the dancing girls, long before she became Julie Newmar and played Howard's rival in "The Marriage-Go-Round."
"Demetrius and the Gladiators" is a lively, efficient sequel to "The Robe," with emphasis less on religiosity than on the brutality of the arena
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