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Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)




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Demetrius and the Gladiators was the sequel to The Robe, and though they were released several months apart, the films were shot at the same time. Based on characters originally conceived by Lloyd C. Douglas, the film stars Victor Mature as the title character, an ex-slave who embraced Christianity after being present at the Crucifixion. Thrown in jail for defending an elderly merchant from a sadistic Roman legionnaire, Demetrius is forced to attend gladiator school and fight in the arena for the amusement of the mad, debauched emperor Caligula (Jay Robinson, likewise repeating his performance in The Robe). The well-proportioned Demetrius attracts the attention of Messalina (Susan Hayward), the nymphomaniac wife of Caligula's would-be successor Claudius (Barry Jones). Briefly losing faith in Christ, Demetrius is saved from himself by the apostle Peter (Michael Rennie). Because of contractual complications, Demetrius and the Gladiators was released to television seven years before The Robe. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Victor Mature
as Demetrius
Susan Hayward
as Messalina
Debra Paget
as Lucia
Jay Robinson
as Caligula
Barry Jones
as Claudius
Richard Egan
as Dardanius
Charles Evans
as Cassius Chaerea
Jeff York
as Albus
Carmen De Lavallade
as Slave girl
John Cliff
as Varus
Selmer Jackson
as Senator
Barbara James
as Specialty Dancer
Fred Graham
as Decurion
Selmar Jackson
as Senator
Dayton Lummis
as Magistrate
George Eldredge
as Chamberlain
Paul Richards
as Prisoner
Ray Spiker
as Gladiator
Gil Perkins
as Gladiator
Paul Stader
as Gladiator
Jim Winkler
as Gladiator
Lyle Fox
as Gladiator
Dick Sands
as Gladiator
Woody Strode
as Gladiator
Paul Newlan
as Potter
Paul Kruger
as Courtier
Julie Newmar
as Specialty Dancer
George Bruggeman
as in film clip from THE ROBE
William Forrest
as in film clip from THE ROBE
Jack Finlay
as in film clip from THE ROBE
Peter Mamakos
as in film clip from THE ROBE
Shepard Menken
as in film clip from THE ROBE
Harry Cording
as in film clip from THE ROBE
Jean Simmons
as in film clip from THE ROBE
Richard Burton
as in film clip from THE ROBE
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Critic Reviews for Demetrius and the Gladiators

All Critics (5)

A viciously spectacular film. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | August 23, 2016
Blog de cine

It's hokum, but passes for good Hollywood entertainment.

Full Review… | June 14, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Old-time gladiator epic, and all the sweatiness that implies.

April 11, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Demetrius and the Gladiators


Personally, I think this film is superior to its predecessor, The Robe because it rightfully tones down the schmaltz and trades it in for a much darker and more grim tone, combined with more epic set pieces and spectacular gladiator scenes. This is what a sequel should be: have a better story, better acting, grander set pieces, and polishing the themes established by its predecessor. It works quite well as a gladiator film and works quite well as a religious film as well since it takes more time to examine issues like faith. I had a blast with this swords and sandals flick and it was an interesting find to say the least.

Keenan Sullivan
Keenan Sullivan

78% "Men do not kill what they despise, only what they fear."-Claudius (Barry Jones) I think this is where Ridley Scott got his idea for GLADITOR, but left the subject of Christianity in the dust of this arena. I would have to say the thing that stands out the most would be Jay Robinson's preformance as the cunning and shrewed, yet completly insane, Caligula. Susan Hayward was good as well. "Joey, do you like movies about gladitors?"-Captain Clarence Oveur (Peter Graves), AIRPLANE!

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FilmGrinder Stone

I'm more or less sure that I saw this, and I'm more or less sure that I wouldn't again.

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