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Samson and Delilah (1984)

The long haired biblical strongman Samson falls in love with beautiful temptress Delilah in Philistine.

Director:

Lee Philips

Writers:

John Gay (teleplay), Eric Linklater (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max von Sydow ... Sidka (as Max Von Sydow)
Belinda Bauer ... Delilah
Stephen Macht ... Maluck
Daniel Stern ... Micah
Clive Revill ... Raul
Jennifer Holmes Jennifer Holmes ... Varinia
David Eisner David Eisner ... Arin (as David S. Eisner)
David Byrd David Byrd ... Elon
José Ferrer ... The High Priest (as Jose Ferrer)
Maria Schell ... Deborah
Victor Mature ... Manoah
Antony Hamilton ... Samson
Angélica Aragón ... Niji (as Angelica Aragon)
José René Ruiz José René Ruiz ... The Temple Man (as Rene Ruiz)
Brandon Scott ... The Magician
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The long haired biblical strongman Samson falls in love with beautiful temptress Delilah in Philistine.

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The story of a man and a woman


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sansón y Dalila See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was Victor Mature's final acting role before his death on August 4, 1999 at the age of 86. See more »

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Version of Samson and Delilah (1949) See more »

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"For the money they were paying me, I'd have put on a dress and played Samson's Mother"
6 August 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A couple of Australians, Anthony Hamilton and Belinda Bauer, play the title roles in this television version of Samson And Delilah. But this film is mostly known for hauling Victor Mature out of retirement to play the small role of Samson's father. During the film Mature is kept very clothed with flowing robes of the desert and I suspect that 71 Mature did not have quite the physique that he had when he was Samson back in the day with Cecil B. DeMille.

In fact even with the way DeMille's spectacles are thought of today by more sophisticated audiences this Samson And Delilah comes off as a second company road show product. Whatever else DeMille did, he put style and sex into his film even with the Victorian era dialog that also went into them. Both the slaying of the Philistines with the ass's jawbone and the climatic pulling down of Dagon's temple were done so much better by Cecil. And no other film ever had the gaudy color cinematography than the DeMille Samson And Delilah.

I also suppose this film really does belong on the big screen because of its subject matter. That's where I saw the DeMille version when Paramount re-released it when I was a lad.

Belinda Bauer is a beautiful Delilah, but there was only one Hedy Lamarr.

Veterans of some biblical films Max Von Sydow and Jose Ferrer contribute what they can, but it isn't enough.

However after finally getting to see this it was nice to see Victor Mature in both his farewell performance and in the film in which he made the legendary quote that the reason he did the film was that "for the money they were paying me, I'd have put on a dress and played Samson's mother". Fortunately for Vic the producers got another big screen veteran Maria Schell to be Samson's mother.

As for Mature he walks through the scenes like a man in a hurry to get back to his retirement and a ranch he owned in those years. The paycheck must have cleared. Mature as he grew older took himself less and less seriously, an interesting phenomenon in a town loaded with king size egos.

This Samson And Delilah is all right, but you'll never see anything like what Cecil B. DeMille did with that story.


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