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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 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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Trivia

Every Roman soldier in the film inexplicably carries his sword on his right hip. Thus forcing viewers to conclude that every soldier in Rome is left-handed. See more »

Goofs

Caligula was murdered by several conspirators in an underground passageway, not in an arena by one man. Claudius was found hiding behind a curtain, certain he would be murdered as well since he was Caligula's uncle before being proclaimed the new emperor. Finally, there is no mention of Caligula's wife and daughter who were also assassinated. See more »

Quotes

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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see this for one of the most amazing performances on film
28 April 2003 | by zippgunSee all my reviews

Once you have seen this movie you will never ever forget Jay Robinson's performance as deranged but cunning Caligula.Is it great acting or just one of the greatest slices of ham ever put on film?I don't know but it proves the maxim that one actor can make a basically routine movie into a personal favourite."Demetrius" is in some ways superior to its predecessor "The Robe" -it lacks the ponderous religiosity,theres more action,and Caligula moves into centre stage.


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