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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
Jay Robinson
as Caligula
Barry Jones
as Claudius
Richard Egan
as Dardanius
Charles Evans
as Cassius Chaerea
Jeff York
as Albus
Barbara James
as Specialty Dancer
Fred Graham
as Decurion
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 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 (8)

CinemaScope as an entertainment media reaches a new dimension in Demetrius and the Gladiators... [it's] the finest action story yet filmed in the new process, and the realization of the promise shown by actor William Marshall.

July 7, 2021 | Full Review…

The film strikes me as tasteless, noisy, banal, brutal and in almost every way to be deplored.

June 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Sex, sanctity and spectacle are shrewdly mingled in this whopping sequel...

November 11, 2019 | Full Review…

A viciously spectacular film. [Full review in Spanish]

August 23, 2016 | Full Review…

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

June 14, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

April 11, 2001 | Rating: 74/100

Audience Reviews for Demetrius and the Gladiators


This sequel to "The Robe" follows a slave (Victor Mature) who happens to attend the crucifixion of Christ and is converted, but then must navigate the shiny but filthy corruption that is Rome under Caligula. A big production with lots of celebrity face power, this is actually better than "The Robe", without its air of serious pontification. And the gladiatorial combat completely satisfies. Susan Hayward exemplifies corruption quite well, seductively, and Jay Robinson was born to play Caligula.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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