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Samson and Delilah (movie)
The story of the film is adapted from the biblical Book of Judges.
Wildly successful at the box-office, DeMille's Biblical epic is known for the beauty of its leading lady and the spectacular toppling of the temple, not the acting skills of its players or sparkling dialogue. Mature's fight with a lion is hopelessly fake, but the film endures as a camp classic, still retaining its entertainment value as a product of its time.
Plot of the Film
Samson, a Hebrew, is engaged to a Philistine woman. During a fight at their wedding feast his bride is killed and Samson becomes a hunted man. The bride's sister, Delilah, plots to deliver Samson up for punishment. To do so, she cuts his hair, which he feels gives him his strength. Falling in love with him, Delilah regrets her act after Samson is blinded by his captors. He is brought to the temple for entertainment, where he topples the structure, destroying his enemies.
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