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Ben-Hur (2016)

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Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Director:

Timur Bekmambetov

Writers:

Lew Wallace (based on the novel by), Keith R. Clarke (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Huston ... Judah Ben-Hur
Toby Kebbell ... Messala Severus
Rodrigo Santoro ... Jesus
Nazanin Boniadi ... Esther
Ayelet Zurer ... Naomi Ben-Hur
Pilou Asbæk ... Pontius Pilate
Sofia Black-D'Elia ... Tirzah Ben-Hur (as Sofia Black D'Elia)
Morgan Freeman ... Ilderim
Marwan Kenzari ... Druses
Moises Arias ... Dismas
James Cosmo ... Quintus
Haluk Bilginer ... Simonides (as Haluk Biligner)
David Walmsley ... Marcus Decimus
Yasen Atour ... Jacob
Francesco Scianna ... Kadeem
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Storyline

A Jewish nobleman, Judah Ben-Hur, and his adopted Roman brother Messala are best friends despite their different origins. Messala enlists in the Roman army and fights in the Roman Empire's wars in Germany. Ben-Hur also develops feelings for the family slave Esther although their different station in life compels him not to pursue her. But when her father Simonides seeks to marry her off to a Roman, Ben-Hur declares his love for her and takes her as his wife. Three years later, Messala returns as a decorated Roman officer. His return coincides with a rising insurrection by the Zealots, Jews who are opposed to the oppressive nature of Roman rule..

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Brother. Traitor. Pride of Rome. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Pedro Pascal was originally cast as Pontius Pilate. Both Pascal and Pilou Asbæk have been in Game of Thrones (2011), Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy in and Pascal as Prince Oberyn of Dorne. James Cosmo played Jeor Mormont. See more »

Goofs

Ben Hur is dragged along by his chariot for at least a minute of screen time but suffers no damage to his clothing or his body. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer, at start line]
Messala Severus: You should have stayed away.
Judah Ben-Hur: You should have killed me.
Messala Severus: I will.
[chariot race begins]
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Crazy Credits

The end credits for the director, producer and department heads are animated to look like they fly across the race track, kicking up dust as if they were horse-drawn chariots. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: The Line Substitution Solution (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Only Way Out
Written by Andra Day & Dave Wood
Performed by Andra Day
Produced by Dave Wood
Andra Day performs courtesy of Warner Bros. Records and Buskin Records
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Another Hollywood remake...
19 August 2016 | by DanielRobertRossSee all my reviews

Hollywood remakes. For every Ocean's 11, there's 10 Willy Wonkas. So here we are saddled with another previously untouchable classic getting a slickly made, soulless studio remake. But is it fair to judge it just because it's a remake? Or does it succeed on its own merits?

I love the William Wyler '59 original classic, and watch it often. The quoteable lines are brilliant. "Your eyes are full of hate, 41. That's good. Hate keeps a man alive". Charlton Heston is great as Ben Hur. And that chariot race is one of the greatest action spectacles ever put on the silver screen.

I just can't envisage myself re- watching this. The effects are impressive, but any tosspot on a computer can conjure up digitally creative wowzers, so that is no selling point. And the action is predictably impressive, but it's so stagnant, slick and with no standout unforgettable moment. Jack Huston brings nothing new to the role of Ben- Hur, and Morgan Freeman clearly has a new flat screen TV to pay for, so he shows up to phone it in.

For the past 16 years we've seen sword & sandal epics go from fun genre revival (Gladiator) to moribund cliché (Hercules, 300 Rise of the Empire). In fact Rodrigo Santoro (Xerxes from 300) shows up as Jesus Christ this time. From Persian tyrant to Jewish prophet, now that's an improvement.

I left the cinema knowing that I'll forget about this in 3 weeks. Remakes can improve on the original (The Fly, The Thing, the '59 Ben-Hur is itself a remake of an early silent B&W version). But you risk falling into trap of being so slavishly loyal to the original that to redo the film becomes pointless (Pyscho).

I can't recommend paying full cinema price. Stay at home and watch the '59 original. On the small screen, Chuck Heston commands a stronger presence than anyone in this large screen bore.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,203,815, 21 August 2016

Gross USA:

$26,410,477

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,061,311
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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