Samson and Delilah
Samson and Delilah (1949)

Samson and Delilah is Cecil B. DeMille's characteristically expansive retelling of the events found in the Old Testament passages of Judges 13-16. Victor Mature plays Samson, the superstrong young Danite. Samson aspires to marry… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 31, 1949
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Cecil B. DeMille has again dipped into the Bible for his material, made appropriately dramatic revisions in the original, and turned up with a DeMille-size smash.

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TV Guide

Here DeMille, the master of the crowd scene, is in top form managing thousands of extras, particularly in the savage battle scenes in which Samson destroys the Philistine army with the jawbone of an ass.

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Most entertainment is gained from watching Mature going through the painful process of emoting, which is rather like watching an overlarge ham hock attempt to break out into a broad grin.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Wonderfully chintzy and hokey Bible epic once described as the only film in which the hero had bigger tits than the heroine.

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Emanuel Levy

Lavishly produced, this Oscar nominated epic is a good example of DeMille's type of spectacles.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

If you'll settle for gold-plated pageants, for muscular episodes and for graphic inducements to wolf-whistling, then "Samson and Delilah" is for you.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Was once best described by the film critic Dilys Powell as the only epic film in which the hero had bigger tits than the heroine.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
DeMille is like a circus programmer, always thinking about what the yokels might squeeze the moolah out for and then working to give 'em just that. And… More
Barry Lappin
Brilliant movie classic and a lesson to all that women arent to be kidding.
Anthony Valletta
Good Biblical effort.