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

Alternate Versions

Music and sound effects were dubbed into the silent film for a 1931 re-release.
The Thames Silent/Warner Home Video DVD alters several scenes:
  • In the Chariot Race, a titled exchange by Messala and the Greek driver, originally superimposed on a scene of a charging chariot, is changed to title cards on a black background.

  • In the Crucifixion, a close-up of Christ's nailed hand, gesturing a blessing before dying, is omitted.

Nudity was often censored from the film. Shots of topless flower girls and the nude prisoner in the slave galley were deleted from a majority of prints that were in circulation before restoration of the picture began.
Many prints re-printed the Technicolor scenes in black and white.

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