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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

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A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.


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8 October 1927 (USA)  »

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$3,900,000 (estimated)


$9,000,000 (USA)

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(2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)| (tinted)

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1.33 : 1
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A Blockbuster Even After 75 Years
8 November 1999 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

The 2 1/2 hour running time just zips by in a flash, and the viewer actually forgets that they are watching a silent film. It's that good. The naval battle and the chariot race are so realistic you marvel at what filmmakers could do 75 years ago with a big budget in the hands of craftsmen. The acting is very good although the "silent" style seems a little over-acted today. I can't recommend this enough as a rental. Let's not forget our wonderful silent classics.

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