Demetrius and the Gladiators

Synopsis: The story picks up at the point where "The Robe (1953)" ends, following the martyrdom of Diana and Marcellus. Christ's robe is conveyed to Peter for safe-keeping, but the emperor Caligula wants it back to benefit from its powers. Marcellus' former slave Demetrius seeks to prevent this, and catches the eye of Messalina, wife to Caligula's uncle Claudius. Messalina tempts Demetrius, he winds up fighting in the arena, and wavers in his faith.
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Director(s): Delmer Daves
Production: Fox
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

- Good.

- Have you had your breakfast?

- No.

Lucia will get it for you. Lucia!


- Where is that girl?

- Coming.

- Demetrius has had no food.

- It's ready.

Here's your breakfast. I saved you

some apricots. I know you like them.

- I hid them for you.

- Thank you.

If there was only one apricot left

in the world, she'd give it to you.

Peter gave me our master's robe

to keep for him.

- May I?

- Of course.

I never thought of Jesus as being so tall.

- Was he as tall as you, Demetrius?

- Just about the same.

You'd think his robe

would be made of silk and gold.

He was a carpenter.

All his life he'd worked with his hands.

- Like us.

- Just like us.

(fanfare and beating of drums)

By order of the emperor,

I am authorised to pay 20 pieces of gold...

...for information concerning the robe...

...which once belonged

to the criminal called Jesus,...

...crucified for sedition in Jerusalem.

Well? 20 pieces of gold.

The penalty for concealment is death!

Start the search.

Anyone here know of this robe?

It's said to be of homespun, red in colour.

Are you slave or free here?

I am a born freeman.

All the others have been freed.


I'll have a look around.

Get backto your work.

You! Come back here!

(Lucia screams)

Why did you run? Why did you...?

Demetrius of Corinth. Assaulting

a decurion of the Praetorian Guard... the execution of his duties.

- Is the decurion here?

- Here, sir.

The evidence seems impressive.

Are you slave or free?

Free, sir.

Mark of a slave, sir.

I was a slave, but my master freed me, sir.

A slave may be freed by emancipation before

a praetor, inscription in the censor's record,...

...testament on death of master

or declaration before witnesses.

- Can you provide proof of any of these?

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