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.
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.
It turns out that they do, but unfortunately for the bully, Blacula isn’t Christian and doesn’t mind helping out Demetrius in a pinch. Which is the best series comprising only 2 films?
Hallelujah! When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret. Claudius tells us that he was just pretending to be a cuckolded boob and that he’ll be a really tolerant emperor. Messalina finds out (she had a thing for Demetrius) and has Demetrius taken away and Lucia is left with the other gladiators and the bully decides he is going to have his way with her. I was hoping that at the gladiator school Demetrius would overcome his Christian wimpiness against killing and violence that he exhibited (except against the entire Roman army whenever they came to shakedown his village for the robe), make some friends, and encounter an evil gladiator who was undefeated, but probably was without the honor a real gladiator’s gladiator would have. With Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget.
Its predecessor suffered from abrupt switches in faith and unbelievably broad antics from its characters, but you had Richard Burton doing his damnedest to make it work.
The movie kind of gave us this masculine dynamic, but not as pronounced as I was hoping.
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Lucia isn’t dead, but is just in a really deep sleep, but she is clutching the robe and won’t let go. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors. Messalina tempts Demetrius, he winds up fighting in the arena, and wavers in his faith.
Since this whole Christian thing worked out so well for Burton and co-star Jean Simmons (you might recall they ended up on the wrong end of the archery field at the end of The Robe), it was left to Victor Mature to run around squawking about this robe and how it can just butt out of his life when things get rough.
To complicate issues, the well-proportioned Demetrius attracts the attention of Messalina, the beautiful wife of Claudius, the man in line to succeed Emperor Caligula. Film Demetrius and the Gladiators Full Online - Dailymotion
The temporary physical life of the Biblical Savior, Jesus Christ.
Demetrius is an ex-slave who embraces Christianity after he witnesses the Crucifixion. In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards. Demetrius' new found peaceful ways put him in direct conflict with Roman Emperor Caligula, who will stop at nothing in his search for the magic robe of Christ. Messalina tempts Demetrius, he winds up fighting in the arena, and wavers in his faith. Demetrius and the Gladiators 1954 Movie - video dailymotion
20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA. 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. The story is actually part two of the movie "The Robe" which I believed centered more on the Icon than on the slave character.
The story picks up at the point where "The Robe (1953)" ends, following the martyrdom of Diana and Marcellus. In ancient Egypt, a poor orphan becomes a genial physician and is eventually appointed at the Pharaoh's court where he witnesses palace intrigues and learns dangerous royal secrets. If I was the Big Fisherman I would’ve said that God don’t need no sweaty, ungrateful gladiator, especially since he already had Jean Simmons and Richard Burton, but beggars can’t be choosers, right? Messalina treats Peter to a drink by throwing it on him and then Demetrius tells him that he don’t need no crappy god that’s going to kill his girlfriend. Christ's robe is conveyed to Peter for safe-keeping, but the emperor Caligula wants it back to benefit from its powers. It’s a miracle! Can the new found faith of Demetrius withstand Messalina's advances, Caligula's madness, and the men and beasts who challenge him in the arena? He ends up killing pretty much everyone but Borgnine and Blacula and becomes a star! Messalina promises that she’ll be a good wife to Claudius (yeah – now that he has a really sweet job). Your email address will not be published.
It was a great film for the arena action and that's what made it fun. The day before a big match, as is the tradition at most gladiator schools, a bunch of hookers are bussed in for the warriors to practice their groping with and among those is Demetrius’ girlfriend Lucia who is being snuck in so that she and Demetrius can have a little quality time together. Demetrius gets the assignment and this is where he meets up with Big Fisherman again and B.F. shows him that the robe is with Lucia. Required fields are marked *. 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. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 6 of 7 people found this review helpful. What doesn’t really make sense is that while Demetrius got to live the high life for awhile, killing folks, eating well, and pumping Roman broads, he doesn’t ever suffer any real consequences for his renunciation of his god or from the life of excess and sin that he engaged in. Fierce Roman commander Marcus Vinicius becomes infatuated with beautiful Christian hostage Lygia and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero. Demetrius turns out to be a shallow dolt who buckles as soon as something bad happens in his life and only returns to his faith once he sees that something bad really didn’t happen.
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This one did have better action than the first one, but once we leave the gladiator school and chase after that robe things begin to unravel. Demetrius is an ex-slave who embraces Christianity after he witnesses the Crucifixion. Just to make sure that Demetrius has turned to the dark side, he promptly moves in with Messalina and throws coins at her harem and is really crabby when the Big Fisherman (Peter) shows up to try and guilt him into going back to church.
Demetrius has his faith and woman back and Blacula is left holding the robe. Story of a Christian in ancient Rome who befriends a lion. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac. 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. Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the image of Jesus for the rest of his life. Was there a fight director/choreographer who wasn't listed in the credits?
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