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Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  4 November 1954 (West Germany)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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 Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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It begins where "The Robe" left off!

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4 November 1954 (West Germany)  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Twice jailed for drug use, Jay Robinson once had the dubious honor of being recognized by his fellow inmates when this film was played for the convicts. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie, Claudius presents Caligula a report from Pontius Pilate. When Caligula became emperor (37 AD), Pilate was already dismissed of his charge as Prefect of Judea (26-36 AD). See more »

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Demetrius: We traveled here together from Galilee, persuading people to give up their lives for a beautiful dream.
[he attempts to hand a goblet of wine to Peter]
Demetrius: Take it Peter. It's real... hot spiced, with cinnamon and cloves.
[chuckles and looks towards Messalina]
Demetrius: Did you know that Jesus could turn water into wine? And that was only one of his tricks.
Peter: Yes, only one. Anything that was base, He could make noble. He found a leper and made him clean. He found death and He made life. He found you a slave, and...
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History is Bunk !
14 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a pretty good story, actually, this sequel to "The Robe". As entertainment, it has plenty to offer. As history, however, it falls flat on its face. The only accuracy in the story of Caligula is that he was assassinated by one of his own guards. He is also played so outrageously hammy that it is hard to take him seriously. Caligula also wasn't the slightest bit concerned with Christians or Jews, and in real life largely ignored them. His successor, Claudius, played here as a fine old Roman gentleman who wished the Christians well at the end, in fact found them and the Jews both to be a bother, and showed them the doors of Rome at every opportunity. (Please note: with the one politically motivated action of Nero, real persecution of Christians did not occur until much later, under the Emperor Diocletian) And let's not forget the Empress Messalina, probably the most notorious loose woman in Roman history, who comes across here as just a cheating wife. But then - hey, I'm a history buff. The point is that despite these little problems, it is still a good movie, and Victor Mature is perfect as the toughened gladiator. It's a classic and still a favorite


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