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Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 1954 (UK)
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In 1st century Rome, Christian slave Demetrius is sent to fight in the gladiatorial arena and Emperor Caligula seeks Jesus' robe for its supposedly magical powers.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Philip Dunne, Lloyd C. Douglas (based on a character created by: in "The Robe")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Demetrius
Susan Hayward ... Messalina
Michael Rennie ... Peter
Debra Paget ... Lucia
Anne Bancroft ... Paula
Jay Robinson ... Caligula
Barry Jones ... Claudius
William Marshall ... Glycon
Richard Egan ... Dardanius
Ernest Borgnine ... Strabo
Charles Evans ... Cassius Chaerea
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Storyline

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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Action | Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gladiators See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Average Shot Length and Median Shot Length = ~10 seconds. 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 »

Quotes

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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A fitting sequel to "The Robe"
4 March 2007 | by ozthegreatat42330See all my reviews

Filmed at almost the same time, this film was a fitting sequel to "The Robe," considering it did not have the star power of the earlier film. None the less it loses some of the reverence of the first film, as Demetrius, so passionate a Christian in the first film, seems to give in and give up on it all too quickly in this one. The tie-in of the final scene from "The Robe" as the opening scene to this movie was a good advertising ploy, and the musical score of Franz Waxman melded well with the earlier Newman themes. The powerful insanity of Caligula is once again handled well by Jay Robinson, who brought the character vividly to life, as I remember from my Roman History studies. If the Rome of those days was as charming as depicted in these films, I would not have minded living there and then.

The performances of the cast, especially the minor characters, was excellent, although Mature was still awfully stiff in his performance. But a good sequel over all.


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