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Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd View All


William Wyler (Director), Karl Tunberg (Screenplay), Gore Vidal (Writer) View All

Release: Nov. 18th, 1959
Runtime: 3 hours, 32 minutes
Ben-Hur is a 1959 epic film directed by William Wyler, the third film version of Civil War vet Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. It premiered at Loew's State Theatre in New York City on November 18, 1959. The movie's reputation as a classic is primarily based on two spectacular action sequences: the great chariot race and a Roman naval battle, along with lavish production values and strong performances. The plot of Ben...
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The film's infrequent references to Jesus, ranging from the opening sequence through to his own path intertwining with Ben-Hur's at several plot-relevant junctures, could have easily felt overdone and unnecessary yet they never do, and the ways in which his presence feeds into the film's main narrative never feel as forced or as cheesy as you might think.
mark f
Jesus never speaks in the film, but his life parallels Ben-Hur's and actually makes sense of all of Judah's trials and tribulations.
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Best Actor Leading Role - Charlton Heston Best Actor Supporting Role - Hugh Griffith Best Color Cinematography - Robert Surtees Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color Best Costume Design, Color Best Sound Best Film Editing Best Effects, Special Effects Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture An epic tale of Roman occupied Judea, set in AD 26.
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