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Ben-Hur ()


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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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  • Won 11 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 13 nominations.
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Judah Ben-Hur
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Quintus Arrius
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Esther
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Messala
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Sheik Ilderim
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Miriam
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Tirzah
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Simonides
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Balthasar / Narrator
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Pontius Pilate
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Drusus
George Relph ...
Tiberius Caesar
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Sextus
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Fortunato Arena ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Bruno Ariè ...
Roman Officer (uncredited)
Les Ballets Africains ...
Dancers at Roman Banquet (uncredited)
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Jewish Woman (uncredited)
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Malluch (uncredited)
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Flavia (uncredited)
Hugh Billingsley ...
Mario (uncredited)
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The Corinthian (uncredited)
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Chief of Rowers (uncredited)
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Jewish Slave in the Desert (uncredited)
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Sportsman (uncredited)
Otello Capanna ...
The Byzantine (uncredited)
Emile Carrer ...
Rower No. 28 (uncredited)
Richard Coleman ...
Metellus (uncredited)
Antonio Corevi ...
Senator (uncredited)
Michael Cosmo ...
Raimondo (uncredited)
Alfredo Danesi ...
The Armenian (uncredited)
David Davies ...
Quaestor (uncredited)
Carmen de Hohenlohe ...
Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
Victor De La Fosse ...
Galley Officer (uncredited)
Liana Del Balzo ...
Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
Mino Doro ...
Gratus (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ...
Seaman (uncredited)
Franco Fantasia ...
Roman Soldier Who Brings Crown to Gratus (uncredited)
Dino Fazio ...
Marcello (uncredited)
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Galley Officer (uncredited)
Bob Folkerson ...
Chariot Racer (uncredited)
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Roman Officer with Messala (uncredited)
John Glenn ...
Rower No. 42 (uncredited)
José Greci ...
Mary (uncredited)
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Gaspar (uncredited)
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Jesus - The Christ (uncredited)
Prince Hohenlohe ...
Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
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Spintho (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui ...
The Athenian (uncredited)
William Kiehl ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Marius (uncredited)
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Hortator (uncredited)
Stevenson Lang ...
Blind Man (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
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Leper (uncredited)
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The Lubian (uncredited)
Luigi Marra ...
The Syrian (uncredited)
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Captain of Rescue Ship (uncredited)
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Woman in Crowd (uncredited)
Nona Medici ...
Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
Furio Meniconi ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Tiberio Mitri ...
Roman at Bath (uncredited)
Aldo Mozele ...
Barca (uncredited)
Thomas O'Leary ...
Starter at Race (uncredited)
Remington Olmsted ...
Decurian (uncredited)
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Joseph (uncredited)
Aldo Pial ...
Cavalry Officer (uncredited)
Vladimiro Picciafuochi ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Aldo Pini ...
Bad Thief on Cross (uncredited)
Ferdinando Poggi ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Diego Pozzetto ...
Villager (uncredited)
Prince Raimondo ...
Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
Stella Rho ...
Amrah (uncredited)
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Supplier to Leper Colony (uncredited)
Mario Rivoltella ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Hector Ross ...
Officer (uncredited)
Emanuele Ruspoli ...
Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
Amerigo Santarelli ...
Rower (uncredited)
Maxwell Shaw ...
Rower No. 43 (uncredited)
Noel Sheldon ...
Centurion (uncredited)
Aldo Silvani ...
Man in Nazareth (uncredited)
Reginald Lal Singh ...
Melchior (uncredited)
Gianni Solaro ...
Galley Officer (uncredited)
Pietro Tordi ...
Pilate's Servant (uncredited)
Giuseppe Tosi ...
Chariot Driver (uncredited)
Ralph Truman ...
Aide to Tiberius (uncredited)
Raimondo Van Riel ...
Old Man (uncredited)
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Palefrenier de la course de chars (uncredited)
Dervis Ward ...
Jailer (uncredited)
Irina Wassilchikoff ...
Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ...
The Egyptian - Chariot Racer (uncredited)
Nazzareno Zamperla ...
Roman Soldier with a Bow on Galley (uncredited)

Directed by

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William Wyler

Written by

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Lew Wallace ... (novel) (as General Lew Wallace)
 
Karl Tunberg ... (screenplay)
 
Gore Vidal ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Maxwell Anderson ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
S.N. Behrman ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Christopher Fry ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Sam Zimbalist ... producer
Sol C. Siegel ... executive producer (uncredited)
Joseph Vogel ... executive producer (uncredited)
William Wyler ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Miklós Rózsa ... (as Miklos Rozsa)

Cinematography by

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Robert Surtees ... director of photography (as Robert L. Surtees)

Film Editing by

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John D. Dunning ... film editor
Ralph E. Winters ... film editor
Margaret Booth ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Joan Bridge ... color consultant: costumes
Charles K. Hagedon ... color consultant: settings
Fredric Steinkamp ... associate editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Irene Howard ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Vittorio Valentini ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Edward C. Carfagno ... (as Edward Carfagno)
William A. Horning

Set Decoration by

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Hugh Hunt ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Elizabeth Haffenden

Makeup Department

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Gabriella Borzelli ... hair stylist
Charles E. Parker ... makeup (as Charles Parker)

Production Management

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Edward Woehler ... unit production manager
J.J. Cohn ... production manager (uncredited)
Dave Friedman ... production manager (uncredited)
Henry Henigson ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Gus Agosti ... assistant director
Yakima Canutt ... second unit director
Alberto Cardone ... assistant director
Andrew Marton ... second unit director
John Alarimo ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ferdinando Baldi ... assistant director (uncredited)
Sergio Leone ... second unit director (uncredited)
Mario Soldati ... second unit director (uncredited)
Richard Thorpe ... third unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Sante Barelli ... scenic artist
Ken Adam ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner ... primary conceptual artist and production illustrator (uncredited)
Harold Michelson ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Massimo Palmieri ... contruction manager (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi ... head scenic painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Sash Fisher ... sound recordist
Franklin Milton ... recording supervisor
William Steinkamp ... sound recordist
Van Allen James ... co-supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Milo B. Lory ... special sound effects (uncredited)
Mauro Zambuto ... sound engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Umberto Dessena ... special effects (uncredited)
Doug Hubbard ... special effects (uncredited)
Petro Vlahos ... special effects engineer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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A. Arnold Gillespie ... special photographic effects
Robert R. Hoag ... special photographic effects
Lee LeBlanc ... special photographic effects
R.A. MacDonald ... visual effects (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser ... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Matthew Yuricich ... matte artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bill Babcock ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Brown ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt ... stunt double: Charlton Heston (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt ... stunts (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Folkerson ... chariot driver (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Perkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd Stockman ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... stunt double: Stephen Boyd (uncredited)
Ian Yule ... stunts (uncredited)
Nazzareno Zamperla ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Domenico Parrello ... grip
Piero Portalupi ... additional photography (as Pietro Portalupi)
Harold E. Wellman ... additional photography
Eric Carpenter ... still photographer (uncredited)
Nino DiGiovanni ... still photographer (uncredited)
Owen Marsh ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Meredith M. Nicholson ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Edward Phillips ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Piero Portalupi ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
John Schmitz ... camera operator (uncredited)
Edward Wahrman ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harold E. Wellman ... camera operator: third unit (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Jack Martell ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Alex Alexander ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Gus Bivona ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
John T. Boudreau ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Manuel Compinsky ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Alexander Courage ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonard A. Engel ... supervising music editor (uncredited)
Conrad Gozzo ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Eugene Zador ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Yvonne Axeworthy ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Ferdinando Baldi ... historical advisor (uncredited)
Reynold Brown ... movie poster art (uncredited)
Oscar Doob ... publicist (uncredited)
Morgan Hudgins ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ralph McCutcheon ... horse trainer (uncredited)
Enzo Musumeci Greco ... master of arms (uncredited)
Glenn H. Randall Sr. ... horse trainer (uncredited)
Howard Strickling ... publicity director: MGM (uncredited)
Dan S. Terrell ... publicist (uncredited)
Mauro Zambuto ... set engineer (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines A Tale of the Christ See more »
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Also Known As
  • William Wyler's Ben-Hur (United States)
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (United States)
  • Ben Hur (Germany)
  • Ben Hur (Czechoslovakia, Czech title)
  • Ben Hur (Uruguay)
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Runtime
  • 212 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,900,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $196,200,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia The only Hollywood film to make the Vatican approved film list in the category of religion. See more »
Goofs It is well documented that Messala's horses in the chariot race were dyed black (their natural color was brown). They appear solid black during the pre-race procedures. During the race, when the horses are running flat out, most of the dye wore off and in closeups, they appear to be brown. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Spisok korabley (2008). See more »
Soundtracks Overture See more »
Crazy Credits The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion is shown in a still-frame to appear looking peaceful at the beginning rather than roaring. See more »
Quotes Quintus Arrius: Your eyes are full of hate, forty-one. That's good. Hate keeps a man alive. It gives him strength.
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