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Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) Poster

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Messalina: Why did you run? I don't think you're a coward. You had no real chance of escaping, you must have known that!

Demetrius: This is a place where men are trained to kill each other like animals!

Messalina: And men aren't animals?

Demetrius: No!

Messalina: We admire a magnificent animal who fights. Why not a man who fights ?

Demetrius: 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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Messalina: What is your name?

Demetrius: Demetrius.

Messalina: You spoke of a god, Demetrius. Which god?

Demetrius: There is only one God.

Claudius: He's one of "them". This is very interesting. A Christian!

Messalina: Are you a Christian?

Demetrius: Yes.

Messalina: And you won't fight?

Demetrius: No.

Claudius: He can't my dear. It's against his religion to kill.

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Glycon: Listen to me. The worst sort of life is better than the best kind of death. Forget your religion for just one day. Kill him. He is no good. Your god will thank you for it.

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Caligula: [hallucinating] Do you see her Claudius ? The Goddess Diana. Every night she comes to me. My arms. There there she goes. Now do you see her ?

Claudius: No, sire.

Caligula: [angrily] Why not ?

Claudius: Only you gods are privileged to see each other.

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Caligula: Christian. Do you renounce your false god ? This king of an invisible kingdom... who expects to come back some day and rule the earth ?

Demetrius: [after a long pause] There is no other king but Caesar. There is no power greater than his, in this world, or any other.

Caligula: By the mercy of Caesar, you are a free man.

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Messalina: [arrogantly] You'll never get him back. What can you offer him ? The company of slaves and beggars ? The refuse of Rome ? Poverty and self-denial ? Prayers ? Tears ? Death ? You see, I've studied your teachings, and I, Fisherman, I can give him the world. If he has to choose between us, do you think he'd hesitate for one minute ? Of course not. And that's why you hate me. I can see it in your eyes.

Peter: What you see in my eyes is pity.

[she tosses her goblet of wine in his face]

Messalina: Get out !

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Demetrius: [reflectively] We were friends once, Glycon.

Glycon: I know. I suppose I should blame myself for what has become of you. When I put that sword in your hand, it killed more than Dardanius and the others. It killed you. I hope you sleep well, sir. Good night.

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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 He made you free.

Demetrius: Get out!

Peter: And now you've won a great victory over Him, haven't you tribune ? You've made yourself a slave again.

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Caligula: I have the power of life and death over every being in the empire! My power is as great as any god's! True?

Claudius: True, sire.

Caligula: Why should I have to die? Who should I have to suffer death like any plebeian, any slave? Is that logical? Is it?

Claudius: No, sire.

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Caligula: Philosophers! Their brains are full of mildew!

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Claudius: Men do not kill what they despise - only what they fear.

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