Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. At first they are happy to meet after a long time but their different politic views separate them. During the welcome parade a roof tile falls down from Judah's house and injures the governor. Although Messala knows they are not guilty, he sends Judah to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. But Judah swears to come back and take revenge.
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.
|2.||The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
(1996 TV Series)
Providing comedy/news in the tradition of TV Nation and SNL's Weekend Update, Comedy Central's Daily Show reports on the foibles and of the real world with a satirical edge. In addition to news stories, the Daily Show also has celebrities (and semi-celebrities) on for interviews with the host, Jon Stewart. Lampooning everything from televangelists to Charlton Heston ("I did not play a homo in Ben-Hur"), and shamelessly assigning faux-news epithets ("Newt Gingrich: Giant Toddler") Kilborn, Winstead, and the crew actually manage to report some real news from time to time.
Episode: Episode #1.1 (2010)
Judah Ben-Hur lives in Jerusalem with his mother Ruth,sister Tirzah and his friend Messala,illegitimate son of the patrician Roman Marcellus who has virtually disowned the boy. On reaching manhood Messala becomes an officer in the Roman army and is part of a parade headed by governor Pontius Pilate which will march in triumph through Jerusalem to show Roman power. Judah's family watch but accidentally dislodge a tile from the roof which hits Pilate. The family steward David,a Zealot,exploits the accident to start a riot. Seeking to show the governor his power Messala has the family arrested. The women are imprisoned and Simonides,father of Judah's betrothed Esther,crucified - though he survives. Judah is sent as a galley slave in chains and on his way to the ship encounters Jesus. After three years as a galley slave Judah's intelligence impresses the admiral,wealthy Roman Quintus Arrius,and when the ship is involved in a battle with pirates Arrius has Judah's chains unlocked. Ony Judah and Arrius survive the attack,the young slave saving the older man's life and when they are ultimately rescued Arrius makes Judah his son,renaming him Sextus Arrius.
During the first century A.D., Judah Ben-Hur is a young Hebrew prince thrown into slavery by the Romans after a tragic accident, who wins his way back to his home and a family on a heroic adventure of discovery. Judah's love for a beautiful slave girl is threatened by the bitter conflict dividing two former freinds, and his triumph is set against the backdrop of the historic struggle between a captive people and a mighty empire. From an exciting sea battle and a thundering chariot race to the dramatic events surrounding the life and death of Christ, this is an epic tale of love, redemption, foregiveness and faith to captivate viewers of all ages.
(1993 TV Series)
Episode: Fame Is the Spur (1993)
Janice wants more publicity for the restaurant and orders Gareth to do some interviews with newspaper journalists on his day off. She has also arranged for Gareth to appear on television in an episode of Kitchens Live. Gareth fears his staff won't be able to work with all the equipment, but Janice ensures it will not be Ben-Hur. In fact, director Kevin tells him they only need a camera, even operated from outside the kitchen. Is England prepared for the way Gareth treats his personnel?
(1907 Short Film)
The scene opens with an assembly of citizens who are harangued by one of their number, whose words have great weight with the crowd, and their attitude of approval shows that Roman misrule in Jerusalem has reached its climax. Heralds now approach and Roman soldiers beat back the crowd to make way for the approach of the Roman Procurator. The scene changes to the home of Ben Hur, who is seen with his sister and mother on the house top. The cavalcade of Roman troops approaches, and to get a near view Ben Hur leans from the coping and knocks down one of the stones thereof onto the shoulder of the Procurator. This is seen and misconstrued by the Governor, who orders soldiers to arrest the inmates; they, after ineffectual pleas and struggles, are carried off. Ben Hur is consigned to the galleys, where he is loaded with chains. Here he signalizes himself by saving the life of Arrias, who publicly adopts him as his son and proclaims him a Roman citizen amidst the acclamations of the assembled crowd in the forum. Now comes the scene in the games where Ben Hur is challenged by Messala, and accepts it, to the great delight of the citizens. The chariots and athletes parade before the dais and in due time are arranged, and the chariot race commences. Three times 'round the ring dash the chariots, and at the fourth turn Ben Hur comes out the victor and is crowned with the wreath, to the great, chagrin of Messala, who is borne on a stretcher, wounded to death.
|7.||Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Erstwhile childhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur and Messala meet again as adults, this time with Roman officer Messala as conqueror and Judah as a wealthy, though conquered, Israelite. A slip of a brick during a Roman parade causes Judah to be sent off as a galley slave, his property confiscated and his mother and sister imprisoned. Years later, as a result of his determination to stay alive and his willingness to aid his Roman master, Judah returns to his homeland an exalted and wealthy Roman athlete. Unable to find his mother and sister, and believing them dead, he can think of nothing else than revenge against Messala.
Young Arrius, the adopted son of Roman nobleman Arrius, is known as the most accomplished chariot racer in all the Roman Empire. Arrius is one of only a few people who know that his adopted son is really a former Jewish slave, more specifically Prince Judah, Ben-Hur, who was thought to have perished as a Roman galley slave. Young Arrius decides to accept the offer of an Egyptian to race his horses in an upcoming chariot race, but only on the condition he be identified as the Unknown Jew, so that he can exact his revenge on a Roman Tribune named Messala. Messala was a childhood friend of Ben-Hur's, but an action by Messala as a Roman Tribune led to Ben-Hur losing his wealth, being split from his family and being imprisoned as a galley slave. Ben-Hur's other priorities in life are to find his mother and sister, to reconnect with Esther, the daughter of the Hur's steward, Simonides, who he loves, and to free the Jews from the oppression of the Romans through the insurrection as King a young man believed by many to be the Messiah, he who was born in a manger in Bethlehem.
(1989 TV Series)
Episode: Episode dated 21 May 1994 (1994)
Jakob Stegelmann reviews Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), RoboCop 3 (1993), Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), the theatrical re-release of Ben-Hur (1959), and the VHS releases of The Three Musketeers (1948) and Life with Mikey (1993)/Give Me a Break. Also the comic books Tintin: Det knuste øre (by Hergé), Maigret 1: Maigret og det ukendte offer (by Philippe Wurm & Odile Reynaud), Victor og den blå kannibal 1: Højt at flyve (by Ole Pihl), Victor og den blå kannibal 2: Kranieskoven (by Ole Pihl), Den forsvundne hedes sang 1: Sioban (by Jean Dufaux & Grzegorz Rosinski), Mumitroldene 1: Den store komet (by Noomi Hebert & Mårdøn Smet), the 2000th issue of Anders And & Co., Superman 400, Steen & Stoffer 12: Hvo intet vover.. (by Bill Watterson). Also a look at the upcoming The Flintstones (1994).
|9.||Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic
This made-for-video documentary treats film fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Ben-Hur, a classic which has seen many incarnations on the silver screen, but perhaps most notably as William Wyler's 1959 epic. Includes footage from all three film versions of the tale, as well as discussion of the impact they had on later filmmakers.
|10.||Hollywood on the Tiber
Twenty years of history of world cinema, told through images archive Cinecitta'; Luce Two very important and unforgettable decades that have brought on the screen film such asRoman Holiday, Ben Hur and Cleopatra by Cinecitta'; in Rome, and the epicenter of Hollywood production in Europe. Parties, Premieres, awards, scandals lived between the Capital and the Venice Film Festival, are the heart of the restored images in a shimmering white and black, depicting some of the biggest stars of the past around the Italy.
|11.||AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler
In 1976, William Wyler became the fourth recipient of the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, following John Ford, James Cagney and Orson Welles. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards (and a record twelve nominations), Wyler has directed more Oscar-winning performances than any other director: Walter Brennan (twice), Bette Davis, Fay Bainter, Greer Garson, Teresa Wright, Fredric March, Harold Russell, Olivia de Havilland, Audrey Hepburn, Burl Ives, Charlton Heston, Hugh Griffith and Barbra Streisand. Among the film luminaries who pay tribute to Wyler are Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Myrna Loy, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Charlton Heston, Eddie Albert, Merle Oberon, Walter Pidgeon, Greer Garson and Harold Russell. Film clips include: "The Best Years of Our Lives," "Roman Holiday," "Ben-Hur," "Mrs. Miniver," "Funny Girl," "Wuthering Heights," and "The Heiress." Conspicously absent from the tribute is Bette Davis ("Jezebel," "The Letter," "The Little Foxes"), perhaps Wyler's greatest success.
Handmade Cinema tells of the great family of Italian cinema who has saved the heritage of its manual skills and of an art which the entire world envies Cinecitta', thanks to the hands of special artisans whom have passed their skills on from father to son. Ben Hur, Cleopatra, The Name of the Rose, The Leopard and Gangs of New York are some of the films these artisans helped to create.
|13.||No Place Like Rome
(1936 Short Film)
1936 M-G-M press sheets claimed this short had the longest shooting schedule and the greatest number of players, over 600 including extras. ever allocated to a short from that studio. It also didn't mention just how many of those 600 came from stock footage from the studio's Roman epics such as "Ben Hur." Anyway, back in (really) old Rome, an edict is issued from on high requiring the bachelors of Rome to either get married or get thrown to the lions. qv##nm0007214## plays a confirmed bachelor who has no desire to get married...until he sets eyes on the beautiful slave girl, played by qv##nm0433947##. Scenario and music supplied by the music-trio team of qv##nm0123754##, qv##nm0419282## and qv##nm0712060##.
|14.||The Milton Berle Spectacular
(1962 TV Movie)
Berle tries a comeback with this special, with highlights showing him competing with Jack trying to demonstrate the right approach Laurence Harvey should take in comedy, and a musical skit where Jack as Ben Hur, Harvey as Spartacus and Milton as Cleopatra lamenting their Movie depictions. Kirk Douglas and Charlton Heston make silent, uncredited cameos.
Berle tries a comeback with this special with highlights showing him competing with Jack, demonstrating the right approach for Harvey to try comedy,and a musical skit where Harvey as Spartacus,Jack as Ben Hur and Milton as Cleopatra lament their movie depictions.Kirk Douglas and Charlton Heston make silent cameos.
|15.||Run Granny Run!
(2010 Short Film)
The famous Ben Hur chariot race - but this time it's two elderly ladies at their zimmerframes! A darkly funny comedy that proves you're never too old to be an .action hero. Written & directed by WorldFest Houston Platinum winner Nikolaus von Uthmann
(2005 TV Series)
At speeds of over 100 mph, you can have more than just your life on the line. Because the car you're driving, the car you've spent what seems like a lifetime building and customizing and detailing and injecting, the car you've lived in and on and under every waking hour for as long as you can remember, is only 12.9 seconds away from belonging to someone else. You're a TitleRacer, and you live in a world where a tenth of a second can mean the difference between winning and walking; full throttle is the only gear you've got, and cut throat is the only game you know. TitleRacer is the record-breaking reality series where 6 of the best amateur street racers in the world are pitted against one another in a winner-take-all-single-elimination tournament. The ticket for admission? Their reputations and their rides - both of which they have spent the better part of their adult lives building. One loss, and they surrender their titles to the winning driver who then moves on with one more car and one more week in RacerMansion: a state-of-the-art automotive utopia where every conceivable creature comfort is afforded both car and driver. And to the victors go the spoils. Or the spoiler or the camshaft or the transmission or the engine or anything else the winning drivers see fit to harvest from the cars they win. They can use their race-gotten gain for spare parts to improve their own vehicles, or vice versa, switching rides and salvaging what they want to give their new machines even more muscle than their old ones. The most sadistic of the drivers might just park the cars they've won in the middle of the track ... at a monster truck rally. Or maybe they're curious about how long it takes a Makita UC120DWA electric chainsaw to chew through the chassis of a 2005 Dodge Viper. You want drama? Cut to a close-up of a 28 year old man who has spent the last 7 years of his life building a car that's about to be crushed beneath the 66 inch tires of a truck called GRAVE DIGGER. What drives these adrenaline junkies and what do they drive? We go beyond the track and explore street racing's slick underbelly. Hosted by hip-hop impresario and television/ film actor, Fredro Starr (Torque, Light It Up, Moesha), TitleRacer delves deep into the lives of this millennium's Ben-Hurs: people's champions whose chariots represent the single most important relationship in their lives. Each week features a different type of race: ranging from drifting to drag racing to a 500-mile endurance race during our captivating two-hour season finale. Although the races are controlled for safety, the competitors themselves have an uncontrollable drive to win. In Racer Mansion and on the track, anything can happen; so buckle up and prepare for the race of your life.
|17.||Where's My Lolly Bag?
Lolly Bags are a symbol of children's birthday parties, innocence, youth, fun, excitement and games. But what really goes on behind the scenes in planning and preparing for the big event? How do the Super mums of the millennium make this year better than the last? And what's really driving all this madness? The children themselves? or the parents who are reliving their own childhoods and making it better this time around? Where's My Lolly Bag? reveals there's more to children's parties than meets the eye...the politics, the pressure and the competitiveness of modern parents. To start things off we meet two 30-something Super Mums and high-powered woman of the world. We see snap shots of them frantically making phone calls, speed-reading the yellow pages, 'googling' till all hours of the morning in search for the perfect 'Lolly Bag' for their daughter's upcoming Birthday parties.. We meet their daughters and other parents and children who share their views and stories of what really goes on in planning children's parties. Tension is now rising as the date gets closer and we witness mother and daughter planning and preparing for the big day. Conflicts arise about the Lolly bags, theme of the party and other trivial matters. We learn through interviews the politics of distributing invitations, choosing lolly bags, themes and the rising costs parents are faced with and hear children's amusing perspectives on these events. Finally, the big day arrives and we share the excitement and fun of the children's experiences which are juxtaposed with the parent's involvement in keeping the event running smoothly. We are made aware of roles fathers typically play (or rather, underplay!) in these events, why parents put themselves under the pump to make the parties bigger and better than 'Ben Hur' This documentary is light-hearted, fun and quirky, but will leave viewers thinking about bigger issues.
|18.||The Grate Impeeryul Sirkus
(1914 Short Film)
A group of children are thrilled by the circus that's come to town. "The next day," says the title card, "the children have a circus." "Elsie has an idea," says the next title card, "and the children decide to scour the neighborhood and borrow a menagerie." They borrow a neighbor's cat, another neighbor's dog and yet another neighbor's caged bird. A neighbor lets his pet duck out to play in a pond; and the kids jump into the pond to borrow it, too. From Rudolph's Costumes, they borrow a costume of an elephant. These domestic pets are a little dull as their real identities, so the kids hang up signs claiming the animals are an eagle, a lion, a tiger, an ostrich and so on. Now they're ready for their circus. They parade the animals down the street in wheeled cages. A boy ringmaster displays a pony in his miniature ring. Two boys fight each other on a trapeze swing. The ringmaster and Elsie break it up. Now it's time for the chariot race from "Ben Hur." Two boys in homemade chariots, pulled by one pony each, race around the tiny ring, but they lose control of the ponies and start racing down the street. The ponies pull their chariot racers into the pond, where they both fall off. Meanwhile, several boys display their acrobatic skills by jumping over the costume-elephant. A strong boy lifts weights, when suddenly the neighbor with the cat interrupts the circus and beats the strong boy with her umbrella. The boy carries her away. Presently, the elephant trainer from the adult circus loses control of his animal. Suddenly, the children's circus is invaded by a real, live elephant. The local pet owners are upset and try to stop the children, who are now parading down the street with their new and very impressive circus animal. They bring the elephant to the adult circus and into the tent, as the circus owner lets them through, but stops the outraged pet owners from entering. Meanwhile, the ringmaster explains to his sparse audience that Toddie the elephant cannot appear. At that moment, in walks Toddie and the children. Now everyone wants a ticket. The circus owner is so pleased that he shares part of his windfall with the kids.