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Ben-Hur (1959)

G  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  26 December 1959 (UK)
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When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

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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. Written by Matthias Scheler <tron@lyssa.owl.de>

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ  »

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$15,900,000 (estimated)

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$70,000,000 (USA)
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By the time filming had finished, MGM's London laboratories had processed over 1,250,000 feet of 65mm Eastman Color film, at the cost of $1 a foot. See more »

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In the confrontation scene between Judah and Messala when Judah demands that Messala release his mother and sister, Heston walks out of the room and the camera clearly sees that he is wearing brown hush puppies or ankle boots, definitely not period-accurate footwear. See more »

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[immediately after Miriam and Tirzah were healed of their long time of having leprosy, they walk out of the cave, they were in, into the rain, that was occurring]
Tirzah: Thank You.
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There's only one word to describe 'Ben Hur': Epic.
15 July 2014 | by (wherever good films play) – See all my reviews

When I first saw 'Ben Hur' (my siblings and I were actually ordered to see it by my father) I was 8 years old and hadn't seen many films, since we were hardly ever allowed to watch television. Imagine what an impact this film had on my fragile little mind (my movie diet had so far consisted of Chaplin and Disney films – which, of course, is not at all a bad thing). The experience was simply mesmerizing. Awe and wonder filled me as I watched this story of shocking cruelty, revenge and forgiveness unfold on screen – and by the time the chariot race was over, my fate as a future movie addict was sealed.

I've since watched 'Ben Hur' many times, and no doubt, I will watch it many more. From the first scene to the last this film just doesn't let up and immerses you so completely that you hardly feel the 212 minutes running time. And it has a sense of greatness to it that still touches me - now all grown up - and the fantastic action sequences and effects still hold up amazingly well. Pure cinema and a must see – 10 stars out of 10.

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