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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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
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29 of 29 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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13 of 13 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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sept. 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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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
I watched this sequel to “The Robe” the other day for the first time in many years and was surprised to find that it still retains a freshness belying its age. This Hollywood re-writing of history is set during the reign of that notorious ‘bad ass’ Roman Emperor Caligula, played by Jay Robinson in a deliciously over the top performance, with Victor Mature as the brave Christian protector of Christ’s robe who becomes enmeshed in the shady political shenanigans of the Roman court. It will not be giving too much away to say that he winds up as a gladiator! Let the games commence!

The most striking thing about the film is the visual eye candy that assails the senses. The sets and costumes are befitting of decadent Rome and it is all caught in a ravishing kaleidoscope of colours. The plots religious heart is typically overcooked for the period but does give it a driving sense of purpose. The film is chock-full of scenes that clearly influenced future sword-and-sandal film makers. A veritable host of inferior Italian Peplum productions seem to have used it as a template! Ernest Borgnine’s convincing turn as a gladiator trainer appears to be the model for Charles McGraw in “Spartacus” and Oliver Reed in “Gladiator”. The famous tiger sequence from “Gladiator” also seems to have been lifted from a memorable scene in Demetrius, which is possibly even more impressive given there was no CGI available to the makers and that tigers are notoriously difficult animals to work with.

The film is richly populated with fine actors. Most memorable for me was William Marshall who was a revelation as Glyco the veteran gladiator, his rich bass voice adding a very special sense of nobility to his role. What a pity we didn’t see more of this fine singer, who could certainly act a bit as well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anthony1 on 21 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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This film is all about the performance of Susan Hayward as the almost irresistable Messalina (wife of Claudius). Does this siren successfully lure Demeterius omto her rocks or will the Rock of Peter prove stronger for him? That is the movie in a nutshell.

But for a scene involving tigers, the gladiatorial combat is all very childlike, to put it politely.

Some might criticise Mature's perfomance, but he did the best he could I thought, given what little dialogue he had.

Occasional bits of dancing to appeal to the male audience, were very 20th century. The costumes were also very disappointing, some looking like they had been recyled from Sinbad and the galdiators nets borrowed from a local fisherman.

The arena audience was comically bad, chanting in unison, in their identiikit uniform. A choir's outing perhaps?

"The Robe" is in no way necessary to the film. Indeed it is a very weak plot device, every time it is mentioned. The plot does involve a miracle (or two unlikely co-incidences if you prefer), but it is due to praying, not "The Robe".

In spite of the film's faults, it is fairly watchable if you have nothing better available.
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