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Ben-Hur (1959)
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Charlton Heston Charlton Heston
Judah Ben-Hur
Jack Hawkins Jack Hawkins
Quintus Arrius
Haya Harareet Haya Harareet
Stephen Boyd Stephen Boyd
Hugh Griffith Hugh Griffith
Sheik Ilderim
Martha Scott Martha Scott
Sam Jaffe Sam Jaffe

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Karl Tunberg Karl Tunberg


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So it's settled: The greatest film ever made!

7 years, 4 months ago at Jan 19 5:48
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William Wyler's Epic Masterpiece BEN-HUR!

This Is The 3rd Big Screen Installment From Lew Wallace's Best-Seller, Ben-Hur (The First Was A Silent One-Reel Play In 1907, The Second Was In 1925 And The 3rd In 1959, Arugably The Best Installment So Far)!

Anyways, My Father Is A Big Fan Of Charlton Heston And Has Virtually Seen All Of His Movies! One Day, He Bought 3 Of He... read more

Very long film but still a memorable classic!

8 years, 2 months ago at Mar 10 14:44
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Ben-Hur is an absolutely outstanding epic story that is set in the times of Jesus. Despite Jesus is involved in Judah Ben-Hur's life, I think it is set more in an Egyptian time around the time of Moses. It is a very memorable film because of it being one of the very early epic stories. Also, I think it was the running time of the film that made it very interesting to the public as well as to the A... read more

My second review... much better!

5 years, 7 months ago at Oct 19 14:29
2 votes
At a distinguished party in a handsome manor, Ben-Hur presents itself as a rich & important member. Finely detailed in an aquiline manner and topped with an impressive personality, many members think he must be some important official. What they don't know is that he is the owner of the manor himself, the one who invited them all to the party! I've always imagined Ben-Hur in that sense. An outstan... read more
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Description: When Prince Judah Ben-Hur hears that his childhood friend Messala has been named to command the Roman garrison of Jerusalem, he is thrilled. He soon finds, however, that his friend has changed and has become an arrogant conqueror, full of the grandeur of Rome. When Judah refuses to divulge the names of Jews who oppose Roman rule, Messala decides to make an example of him and sends him off as a galley slave. Through fate and good fortune, Judah survives the galleys and manages to return to Jerusalem in the hopes of finding his mother and sister, who were also imprisoned, and to seek revenge against his one-time friend. Visit f ... (more)
Release date: 29 January 1960
Tags: Drama (22), 1959 (21), Epic (20), Adventure (18), Action (18), 1950s (15), Religion (14), Historical (12), Slavery (11), Classic (11), Revenge (10), Friendship (9), Prison (9), Murder (9), Sword And Sandal (7), Betrayal (7), Christian (7), Usa (7), Pirate (7), Remake (6)
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