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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)

Gross:

$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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2.66 : 1
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Trivia

Ben-Hur (1959) is the first of the three movies which have won 11 Academy Awards' most popular award, Oscar (in 11 of 12 categories). Extra categories were available for the others. Second was Titanic (1997). Third was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) to have won 11 Oscars at Academy Awards for acting and other categories. Unlike the other two films, several of the categories won by Titanic (1997) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) didn't exist in Ben-Hur (1959)'s day, making its eleven wins that much more impressive. See more »

Goofs

When Judah and Messala hurl their spears at the beam, both spears travel to their mark on guide wires. This is obvious because there is no arc in the trajectory of the spears. See more »

Quotes

[Quintas Arrius wakes up, chained, on ship debris; the chain is held by Judah]
Quintus Arrius: Why did you save me?
Judah Ben-Hur: Why did you have me unchained?
[they struggle briefly, Arrius is overpowered; he looks at the shackle on Judah's ankle]
Quintus Arrius: What is your name, Forty-One?
Judah Ben-Hur: Judah Ben-Hur.
Quintus Arrius: Judah Ben-Hur. Let me die.
Judah Ben-Hur: [ironically] We keep you alive to serve this ship. Row well, and live.
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The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion is shown in a still-frame to appear looking peaceful at the beginning rather than roaring. See more »

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Triumphal March From Quo Vadis
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Written by Miklós Rózsa
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Breath-taking; possible THE perfect movie.
5 September 2004 | by (tx) – See all my reviews

I think I can safely say that in my opinion, this is the best movie ever made. Its dramatic value is fantastic, and I've never seen a better storyline. The costumes were also incredible. The actors portrayed the best purest form of both ancient Roman and old Judean culture. This film also had quite an emotional effect. The way that Christ's face is never visible nor his voice audible to the audience creates a feeling of reverence to the actual person of Jesus. Lew Wallace also did an amazing job portraying the innocence, kindness, and mercy of Jesus, and his effect on the main character, Judah Ben Hur. Hur's ending quote, "I felt him take the sword out of my hand" was a wonderful picture of his changing. I admit, I am a Christian, but even for those who are not this is still a great film. The message boards confirm that. I recognize that there are some people that require constant action to keep their attention. If this is your case, than this movie is not for you, as it has a lot of dialogue. But I recommend this movie 100%.


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