Samson and Delilah

Synopsis: Though his people, the Israelites, are enslaved by the Philistines, Samson, strongest man of the tribe of Dan, falls in love with the Philistine Semadar, whom he wins by virtue of a contest of strength. But Semadar betrays him, and Samson engages in a fight with her real love, Ahtur, and his soldiers. Semadar is killed, and her sister Delilah, who had loved Samson in silence, now vows vengeance against him. She plans to seduce Samson into revealing the secret of his strength and then to betray him to the Philistine leader, the Saran.
Director(s): Cecil B. DeMille
Production: Paramount Home Video
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
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131 min

Before the dawn of history,

Even since the first man

discovered his soul,

He has struggled against the forces

That sought to enslave him.

He saw the awful power of nature

rage against him

The evil eye of the lightning,

The terrifying voice of the thunder,

The shrieking, wind-filled darkness

Enslaving his mind

with shackles of fear.

Fear bred superstition,

blinding his reason.

He was ridden by a host of devil gods.

Human dignity perished

on the altar of idolatry.

And tyranny arose,

Grinding the human spirit

beneath the conqueror's heel.

But deep in man's heart still burned

The unquenchable will for freedom.

When this divine spark flames

in the soul of some mortal...

Whether priest or soldier,

Artist or patriot,

Lover or statesman...

His deeds have changed

the course of human events

And his name survives the ages.

In the village of Norah,

ln the land of Dan,

lived such a man.

ln him, the elements had fused

greatness and weakness,

strength and folly.

But with these, was a bold dream...

Liberty for his nation.

The man's name was Samson.

For 40 years,

the Philistines had held

his people in bondage.

l drove three score goats to Zorah

seeking for a wife

But her father said get more

or you'll lead a lonely life...

And he said,

When you return to Egypt,

See that you do all the wonders

which l have put in your hand.

And the Lord said unto Moses,

Get you up unto pharaoh

and bring forth my people out of Egypt.

Pharaoh ruled the Egyptians

As the Saran rules

the Philistines here...

And the Philistines rule us.

Saul, let him tell it.

Pharaoh said to Moses,

Who is this Lord?

l know him not.

Your people are my slaves,

and l will not let them go.

But they got away through the Red Sea.

And someday, we'll show the Saran

That stone can fly just as straight

as Philistine spears.

Saul, tell him what that slingshot's for.

Yes, tell him.

Guard your tongue, Saul.

Some thoughts must not be spoken.

May l fill my pitcher, Miriam?

We'll fill it together,

little Samaritan.

And the Lord spoke unto Moses

and to Aaron,

saying, when Pharaoh shall say unto you...

show a miracle for you...

then you shall...

you shall swallow your tongue, old goat.

Now, here's something

for you to learn...

Bow when a Philistine passes!

We are a conquered people.

We bow only to the invisible Lord.

Every Philistine is your Lord.


Look, you scum of Dan,

Here's how to greet your masters.

Brave Philistines...

Showing your courage

against children and old men.


Here's a jug of Dante wine

we haven't tasted.

lf you come near Miriam,

Samson will crack your head

like a walnut.


He saves his strength for the wenches!

The power of the Lord

is in Samson's arm,

And, one day, you shall feel it...

Croak in the mud, old frog.

Run! Get off the street!

Let the old mud turtle, yell for Samson!

Go on, Saul, throw it.

Aim for the big one.

No, Saul, no.

l'll stop one of them.

You will bring death to the village.

Samson is our warrior.

A Ha.

Certainly, l know where you were.

Lesh Lakish told me.

You were brawling through

the streets of Timnath

with the Philistines.

Drinking and dice-throwing

with our enemies.

l was learning their ways.

You'd do better to learn the ways of the Lord.


You're the best cook in Zorah, mother.

And you're the worst son.

You, the leader of Dan,

chosen judge of you're people.

And what would you do?

Marry a daughter of our enemies.

A Philistine's woman to be the mother

of Samson's children.

l ought to turn you over to my knees

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