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Demetrius and the Gladiators

Released 1954
Distributor 20th Century Fox

Less pompously reverent than its predecessor (the history-making first CinemaScope production The Robe), Delmer Daves’ expansive sequel is an action-packed gladiator spectacle, anticipating DeMille’s upcoming Ten Commandments as well as years of Euro sword-and-sandal offshoots.

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About Chris Wilkinson

Christopher Wilkinson only works in the movie business to support his music habit — so many guitars, so little time. His screenwriting credits include Nixon, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, Ali, starring Will Smith, Copying Beethoven, which he also produced, and was a writer and executive producer on both Pawn Sacrifice and Miles Ahead. In addition, he wrote and directed the PBS documentary, Virtuosity.  

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