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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 8 October 1927 (USA)
A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.

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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. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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$3,900,000 (estimated)

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$9,000,000 (USA)
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Actor George Walsh, the original choice for Ben-Hur, agreed to take a $400 cut in salary, and was sent second-class on a ship to Italy, only to shoot one reel of film, a test with an unidentified Italian actor that was not intended for use in the finished film. He then heard, several months later, that he was being replaced with Ramon Novarro when co-star Francis X. Bushman told him he had read about it in the morning papers. See more »

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Ben-Hur: Oh, Lord, in the hour of thy vengeance - - mine be the hand to put it on him!
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Surprisingly wonderful
24 December 2004 | by (Winston-Salem, NC) – See all my reviews

Since I was so impressed the the 1959 version of this film, I figured there was no way I could watch this 1925 version and not be let down by it. Not only is this original adaptation very good, but it stands very strongly next to the heralded remake. In some regards, I enjoyed this adaptation better than the remake. Romon Navarro makes an excellent title character. The highlight of this film for me is early on when the star of Bethlehem is formed. Eye-popping visuals especially considering the time they were produced. It blows away any CGI we have today.

The version I saw of this was the newly scored version by Carl Davis, who continues to impress me with his scores for silent films including those he has written for "Greed", "Safety Last", "The Crowd", "Intolerance", "The Phantom of the Opera", and "The Wind".


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