Androcles and the Lion 1953

Androcles and the Lion

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Based on George Bernard Shaw's play, an adaptation of the classic folktale, this film follows Androcles (Alan Young), a slave in Ancient Rome who has escaped his bonds and fled into the wilderness. A devoted Christian with an unparalleled level of compassion, he seeks to aid any who need assistance -- even a wild lion with a thorn in its paw. While the move to remove the thorn may seem foolhardy, Androcles' kindness is later repaid in the blood-stained ring of the Colosseum.

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Critic Reviews for Androcles and the Lion

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (4)

  • Bernard Shaw's satirical comedy on Romans and Christians provides the basis for a fair film offering. Picture is a curious mixture of basic comedy and Shavian wit.

    March 4, 2015 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • [A] pompously stagebound and unhappily cast spectacular.

    June 24, 2006

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
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  • The intellectual content of the drama suffers from staging that is dull; the fantasy and drollery of it seem curiously clumsy and slow.

    March 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • ...much of the GBS wit, however, survives the grandiose movie expansion. Jean Simmons, as the wise and lovely Lavinia, is a joy to behold.

    December 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Bernard Shaw's irreverent views on Christianity, so brilliantly expounded in that exceptionally poor play of his, Androcles and the Lion, have, in Gabriel Pascal's even poorer adaptation, lost a deal of their original sharpness.

    June 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The imported British supporting cast, including Robert Newton, behave like fish out of water under Chester Erskine's shambolic direction.

    March 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Androcles and the Lion

  • Apr 29, 2011
    The production design and direction are unimaginative but this is loaded with wonderful performances from both the American actors as well as the great cast of English thespians who have a wonderful time with Shaw's witty dialogue.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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