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Demetrius And The Gladiators 1954

4.2 out of 5 stars (49) IMDb 6.6/10

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:
Victor Mature, Susan Hayward
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Genres Drama, Historical
Director Delmer Daves
Starring Victor Mature, Susan Hayward
Supporting actors Michael Rennie, Debra Paget, Anne Bancroft, Jay Robinson, Barry Jones, William Marshall, Richard Egan, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Evans, Douglas Brooks, John Cliff, Michael Conrad, Harry Cording, Karl 'Killer' Davis, Carmen De Lavallade, George Eldredge, Lyle Fox, Ed Fury
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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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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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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This the sequel of the 50's classic - 'The Robe'
In the 50's and early 60's many of these lavish movies with religious themes were brought to the silver-screen.
in there day they were the blockbusters that pulled in the hoards of movie followers.
They, all like this boasted lavish-sets and well portrayed backgrounds, full of pageantry and pomp and yes
glamour.
Today Special-Effects supply much of this,
The film boasts quite an array of movie-stars including 'Victor Mature' as 'Demetrius' - 'Susan Hayward' as 'Claudius's
wife 'Messalina' - 'Debra Paget' as 'Lucia' - 'Barry Jones' as 'Claudius' - 'Ernest Borgnine' as 'Strabo' and as the suitably
mad 'Caligula' - 'Jay Robinson'
The story set after the death of 'Jesus' see's 'Caligula' crave what he believes to be the all-powerful Robe worn by 'Jesus'
on the Cross, he will do anything to get his hands upon it.
'Demetrius' had been the one to pick it up at the foot of the Cross, 'Peter' the fisherman had been entrusted with it as
the most influential disciple.
Travelling north to continue his preaching 'Peter' entrusts 'Demetrius' with it's safe keeping.
When the Roman Soldiers seeking the Robe for their Emperor are distracted by 'Lucia' to give 'Demetrius' the time to hide
it she is manhandled by one of the Guards, 'Demetrius' sets out to protect the woman he loves, his actions get him sent
to 'Strabo's' Gladiatorial-School he will if he wants to stay alive have to fight.
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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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