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|Demetrius and the Gladiators|
Actors: Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget, Anne Bancroft
Director: Delmer Daves
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family
Rome, soon after the death of Christ. The depraved and mad Caligula is on the throne, obsessed with two things: the Robe, the garment that fell from Jesus' shoulders on the cross, and brutal gladiatorial displays. Victor... more »
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William E. from ATKINSON, IL
Reviewed on 8/22/2011...
I'll have to agree with Daisy on the authenticity of any historical fact.
The only thing "historical" about this film it is the first "Part 2" movie ever made, The Robe being "Part 1". This I also have on my Wish List.
It's a real shame that LALA-Land can't produce more epics that are at least 90% factual versus the 10% they currently put out.
The real blessing is that most people are smart enough to not view these movies thinking they represent the real facts.
Setting that aside, this movie is pure epic entertainment Hollywoodland-style.
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Sandra N. from LOS ANGELES, CA
Reviewed on 12/15/2009...
The DVD was a gift for a friend. He has seen the movie before and greatly enjoyed it. This is one of his favorite movies.
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
History is Bunk
Daisy Brambletoes | the Shire | 01/15/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Call it "The Robe II". It's a pretty good story, actually, this sequel to "The Robe". As
entertainment, it has plenty to offer. As history, however, it falls flat on its face.
Caligula is played by the most outrageous ham I have ever seen. The only real accuracy of his story of Caligula is that he was assassinated by one of his own guards. Caligula also wasn't the slightest bit concerned with Christians or Jews, and in real life largely ignored them. There is no mention, of course, of the almost terminal brain fever he had that made him go mad and think himself to be a god.
Caligula's successor, Claudius, played here as a fine old Roman gentleman who wished the Christians well at the end, in fact found them and the Jews both to be a bother, and showed them the doors of Rome at every opportunity. (Please note: with the exception of one politically motivated action of Nero, real persecution of Christians did not occur until much later, under the Emperor Diocletian) And let's not forget the Empress Messalina, probably the most notorious loose woman in Roman history, resolving at the end to be a good wife from now on. Sorr-eeeee.
These things really annoy me, but then - hey, I'm a history buff. Despite these little problems, it is still a good movie, and Victor Mature is perfect as the toughened gladiator. In fact, the gladiator school sequences were very well done, and Ernest Borgnine was wonderful as hardened old Stabo, the trainer. It's a classic and still a favorite."