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Ben-Hur (1959)

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Starring (View all)
Charlton Heston Charlton Heston
Judah Ben-Hur
Jack Hawkins Jack Hawkins
Quintus Arrius
Haya Harareet Haya Harareet
Esther
Stephen Boyd Stephen Boyd
Messala
Hugh Griffith Hugh Griffith
Sheik Ilderim
Martha Scott Martha Scott
Miriam
Sam Jaffe Sam Jaffe
Simonides


Written by (View all)
Karl Tunberg Karl Tunberg
(screenplay)


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

11 years, 8 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!

12 years, 6 months ago at Mar 10 14:44
2 votes
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!

9 years, 11 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: 18 November 1959
Tags: Drama (23), Epic (21), 1959 (21), Action (18), Adventure (18), Religion (15), 1950s (14), Slavery (11), Historical (11), Revenge (10), Friendship (9), Murder (9), Prison (9), Betrayal (7), Christian (7), Sword And Sandal (7), Pirate (7), Roman (6), History (6)
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“Simply one of the best epics on film. It is long, but with everything so good I was never bored even in the talky and more leisurely parts. The film looks wonderful, the sets are beautiful, the costumes are nice and the cinematography is excellent, and Miklos Rosza's rousing score is one of his best. William Wyler's direction is superb, and the story is engrossing complete with a fine script and solid pacing. As for effective scenes, I cannot stress how riveting the chariot racing climax is, no wonder it is one of cinema's iconic moments. The acting is also fine, Charlton Heston of course is excellent and the supporting cast including Stephen Boyd and Finlay Currie(Magwitch in David Lean's Great Expectations) solidly support him. Overall, this is how an epic should be made. 10/10 Bethany C” read more

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"“Heston embodies what is truly the magic of movie stardom…. I don’t think a man alive could have asked for a better showcase…. You almost see in his eyes that Heston knew what he had, and he wasn’t going to let it go.” -Alec Baldwin “I don’t think there’s ever been a better spectacle. It’s also got a great story and intimate feeling to it because of William Wyler. I think it hits the mark on all points…. There’s something very majestic and kind of biblical about . I thin"


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"27.1 Wyler/Yhdysvallat Uudelleenkatselu Raamattuspektaakkeli-genressä Ben Hur on päätä muita pidempi. Hihhulointia on hillitysti, tarina kulkee pituudesta huolimatta jouhevasti sekä suurissa spektaakkelikohtauksissa, kuten meritaistelussa tai legendaarisissa kilpa-ajoissa, on suuruuden tuntua, vauhdikkuutta ja teknistä taituruutta. Mutta eihän tämä nyt mikään kauhean hyvä elokuva ole, varsinkaan nykykatsojan mittapuulla. IMDB-arvosana 8.1 hämmentää, sillä Ben Hur on ollut jo ilm"


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