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92 Ratings

Samson and Delilah

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
United States, 1949
Drama, History, Romance


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.

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Samson and Delilah Directed by Cecil B. DeMille

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1951 | 2 wins including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color

1951 | 3 nominations including: Best Cinematography, Color

Golden Globes (USA)

1951 | Nominee: Best Cinematography - Color

Critics reviews

One of Groucho Marx’s most famous wisecracks noted the disparity in the chest development of the movie’s two stars. Still, Mature and Lamarr are excellently suited to play world-historical lovers. Given his naïve overconfidence, her seductive wiles and their massive mutual narcissism, they’d have been well matched in a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” — provided, of course, that it was silent.
March 28, 2014
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If you can tolerate the hokeyness and appreciate the unabashed sado-masochism and bondage fantasies, you’re likely to find this 1949 feature one of Cecil B. De Mille’s most enjoyable sword-and-sandal epics, delivered with his characteristic showmanship.
January 28, 2005
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