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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.

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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!

Genres:

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

Average Shot Length and Median Shot Length = ~10 seconds. See more »

Goofs

A common misconception was that half the gladiators in the arena would be killed. In actuality, there were many times that the losing gladiator's life would be spared. This was partially due to him, or her, giving a good battle. The gladiators were also very valuable to their owners. Emperor Claudius, who followed Caligula, was known for not showing mercy, even when it was a good fight. See more »

Quotes

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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" Do you think a Gladiator who has killed forty men like I have, can still find forgiveness? "
26 January 2009 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

As a young boy going to the movies was entertaining and wondrous as I imagined how they could make men and animals so lifelike and real. When I first saw this movie " Demetrius and the Gladiators ", I was very impressed with the acting skills of both my favorite actors at the time. I loved the dynamic style of Victor Mature who plays Demetrius, and awed with his being able to fight a tiger to the death. I was further enthralled with my other favorite Richard Egan who played Dardanius. As a regular 'good guy' it was entertaining to see him play a heavy. Then again I felt that way about Ernest Borgnine who is Strabo and William Marshall as majestic 'Glycon, King of Swords'. The story is actually part two of the movie "The Robe" which I believed centered more on the Icon than on the slave character. There was something shortcoming about this sequel in that it concentrated on the search for the robe by the Mad Emperor Caligula, played to the hilt by superb actor Jay Robinson. With additional actors like Michael Rennie playing Peter the apostle and Barry Jones playing Claudius, the director tried to make this sequel as reverential as the first. But that was not what I sought when I first saw it. It was a great film for the arena action and that's what made it fun. I realize there are superior movies out there like 'Gladiator' by Ridley Scott, but I remember early films as a child and that's what made this one a Classic. ****


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