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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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29 January 1960 (Brazil)  »

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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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| (1970) | (1962) | (1993 re-release) | (DVD edition) | (2005 DVD)

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(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (1993 re-release)

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It is the first movie remake to win the Oscar for Best Picture. The Departed (2006) became the second remake, 47 years later. See more »

Goofs

In the market scene following the argument between Messala and Judah, a person is heard saying in the background 'kidhar jaata hai bhai, kidhar jaata hai' which is hindi for 'where are you going brother, where?'. Hindi language originated much later in the 17-18th century. See more »

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Judah Ben-Hur: [after he is sentenced to the galleys] May God grant me vengeance! I will pray that you live until I return!
Messala: [ironically] Return?
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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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