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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.

Directors:

Fred Niblo, Charles Brabin (uncredited) | 3 more credits »

Writers:

Lew Wallace (novel) (as General Lew Wallace), June Mathis (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Ben-Hur
Francis X. Bushman ... Messala
May McAvoy ... Esther
Betty Bronson ... Mary
Claire McDowell ... Princess of Hur
Kathleen Key ... Tirzah
Carmel Myers ... Iras
Nigel De Brulier ... Simonides (as Nigel de Brulier)
Mitchell Lewis ... Sheik Ilderim
Leo White ... Sanballat
Frank Currier ... Arrius
Charles Belcher Charles Belcher ... Balthazar
Dale Fuller ... Amrah
Winter Hall ... Joseph
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Storyline

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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The great decade (1915-25) of the progress of motion picture art reaches its summit! A cast of 125,000! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Ben Hur shows much nudity in certain scenes of the film scenes, but film censorship boards approved the movie, anyway, due to the depiction of the beginning of Christianity. See more »

Goofs

During the chariot race, in the wide shots of Messala, Ben-Hur is behind him, then the shots to Messala's right have his and Ben-Hur's horses neck-and-neck. See more »

Quotes

Iras: Flashing eyes and milk-white bodies! Beauty to be tamed! Does it not thrill you?
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Alternate Versions

Many prints re-printed the Technicolor scenes in black and white. See more »

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A Blockbuster Even After 75 Years
8 November 1999 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

The 2 1/2 hour running time just zips by in a flash, and the viewer actually forgets that they are watching a silent film. It's that good. The naval battle and the chariot race are so realistic you marvel at what filmmakers could do 75 years ago with a big budget in the hands of craftsmen. The acting is very good although the "silent" style seems a little over-acted today. I can't recommend this enough as a rental. Let's not forget our wonderful silent classics.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

8 October 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ben-Hur See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,950,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (nine sequences)| Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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