Demetrius And The Gladiators 1954

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A sequel to 'The Robe'. After the death of his master Marcellus, Greek slave Demetrius (Victor Mature) is sent to Rome to train as a gladiator. There his new-found Christian faith is put to the test when he becomes embroiled in the political machinations between Emperor Caligula (Jay Robinson), Claudius and the seductive but evil Messalina (Susan Hayward).

Starring:
Jay Jackson, Richard Egan
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

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Demetrius And The Gladiators

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Historical
Director Delmer Daves
Starring Jay Jackson, Richard Egan
Supporting actors Jay Robinson, Barry Jones, Debra Paget, Michael Rennie, Anne Bancroft, Susan Hayward, Victor Mature, Ernest Borgnine, William Marshall
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This sequel to THE ROBE is a first rate Roman epic with plenty of violent action and spectacular sequences set in the arena. Seen to its best advantage in this widescreen video, it makes for a good hour and three quarters entertainment, with Victor Mature in fine, brawny form as Demetrius. Splendid.over-the-top performances from Jay Robinson as the evil Caligula, and beautiful Susan Hayward as the nymphomaniac empress, Messalina. They make the Christians seem very dull dogs by comparison. The widescreen tigers in the arena sequences are mightily impressive.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda Spray on 18 July 2009
Format: DVD
I purchased a pair of dvds which had to be seen in tandem, one was the Robe starring Richard Burton and Victor Mature. The other was Demetrius and the Gladiators, which was a sequel, starring Victor Mature and Susan Hayward.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film and decided it could have been written by the author of its predecessor, Lloyd C. Douglas. It is an epic of some magnitude; the acting, the costumes, the sets and especially the fight scenes, were magnificent.

After the death of his master, Demetrius is sentenced to train as a gladiator in the Roman arena under the manic glare of the emperor Caligula and the sultry temptress Messalina (played by Susan Hayward). His Christian faith is continually put to the test and builds up high tension as we begin to wonder where it will all end. Having read the book 'The Robe' I knew how it ended, but in this film, I had no idea and was most satisfied with its conclusion. There are some excellent actors who were sensibly cast in this fast moving, highly charged portrayal of life in Rome and the part played by the Christians and the symbol of their faith - THE ROBE. Obviously there are some glaring errors and amusing lines contained in the film, but if you don't take them seriously and concentrate on the plot, you are in for some good entertainment and also, hopefully, food for thought.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
This is the sequel to the Robe. After the death of his master -the Centurion Gallio, Demetrius was sentenced to train as a gladiator, not only does he have to contend with swordsmen and wild beasts in the gladiatorial arena, he also had to contend with the evil Messalina and the mad emperor. His newly found Christian faith is tested to the limit in dealing with the evil and sensuous Messalina. Jay Robinson reprises his role once again as the evil and mad emperor Caligula and gave another excellent performance as he did in the Robe. A great sequel to an inspiring story. You can't go wrong with this DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anthony1 on 21 May 2013
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This is a good old style film for all the family, maybe the props are not up to todays standards but it bought back to me a time when my dad used to take me to the pictures, popcorn and ice cream.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 April 2011
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Demetrius and the Gladiators is a sequel to The Robe. It's directed by Delmer Daves and stars Victor Mature as Demetrius, a Christian slave made to fight in the Roman arena as a gladiator ( and ultimately entering into a bigger fight, that of faith), and Susan Hayward as Messalina. Filling out the support cast are Ernest Borgnine, William Marshall, Michael Rennie, and Jay Robinson as the maniacal emperor Caligula. The screenplay is from Philip Dunne (How Green Was My Valley/ The Agony and the Ecstasy} and cinematography comes courtesy of Milton R. Krasner (Academy Award winner Best Color Cinematography for Three Coins in the Fountain 1955).

Following straight on from The Robe, Demetrius and the Gladiators is a safe and enjoyable Biblical picture that doesn't outstay its welcome. Running at just over 100 minutes, the film is far from being epic in its telling. However, and without cramming in, it does contain all the necessary ingredients to make up a sweaty sword and sandals pie. Filmed in CinemaScope, persecuted hero, bonkers villain, sexy babe, huge sets, colourful costumes, and fights, lots of fights. Thankfully the serious dialogue is mostly kept brief, there a few things worse in this genre of film than bloated discourse on religious beliefs and political dalliances. Get in there, let us know what is going on, and move on to the next chapter of the story. This is something that Daves' film does real well, it has an eagerness to entertain with dots of gusto and sexual swagger. The acting is mixed, Mature is solid without ever really convincing as the heroic figure of Demetrius, Hayward and Robinson are camping it up and thus entertain royally, while Borgnine and Rennie earn there pay.
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By lofty on 5 July 2014
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very good dvd
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By D. Stevenson on 17 April 2014
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A really good film for its day, special effects at times a bit corny, but on the whole a very enjoyable film.
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This is an old fashioned and very good Hollywood rendition of the ancient world and is one of two storys, In lush colour and glamorous Victor Mature as the main part with a character of conscience, it is a solid, enjoyable sandles and adventure story for people of all ages.
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