The film was based on the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ written by Lew Wallace published in 1880.
Ben-Hur was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2004.
Because of all the movies that I've seen in my life, it's a very rare thing these days for me to watch a famous film for the very first time. But that's what happened last night when the Turner Classic Movies channel showed the 1925 version of BEN-HUR. The print TCM showed looked spectacular and fea... Read full article
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Up until recently I had never seen any film version of Ben-Hur. Last Sunday I watched three in one day! Am I crazy? Maybe a little. But I thrive on challenges especially fun ones like this. It all started with the screening of Ben-Hur (1925) at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA. I went with... Read full article
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Ben-Hur Directed by William Wyler 1959/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing #349 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Messala: [ironically] Return? This big-budget epic delivers in all the blockbuster categories. It is approximately 27 A.D. Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) is a prince and t... Read full article
There are countless movie reviews on Turner Classic Movies website alone about Ben-Hur. Countless. So Ive tricked you by titling this post Ben-Hur, when really, Im much more interested in the Kirk Douglas/Stanley Kubrick vehicle, Spartacus, released the year after Ben-Hur, in retaliation. **Kirk D... Read full article
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Happy Easter and Passover everyone! When deciding on an Easter movie, I had a wealth of films to choose from. But since I’m not Catholic enough to appreciate “The Passion of the Christ,” not stoic enough to labor through “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” and not on enough... Read full article
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In AD 26, Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) is a wealthy prince and merchant in Jerusalem. His childhood friend, the Roman citizen Messala (Stephen Boyd), is now a tribune. After several years away from Jerusalem, Messala returns as the new commander of the Roman garrison. Messala believes in the glory of Rome and its imperial power, while Ben-Hur is devoted to his faith and the freedom of the Jewish people. Messala asks Ben-Hur for the names of Jews who criticize the Romans. Ben-Hur refuses.
Ben-Hur lives with his mother, Miriam (Martha Scott), and sister, Tirzah (Cathy O'Donnell). Their loyal slave Simonides (Sam Jaffe) is preparing for an arranged marriage for his daughter, Esther (Haya Harareet). Ben-Hur gives Esther her freedom as a wedding present, and the audience is shown that Ben-Hur and Esther are in love even though her marriage to another man is imminent.
During the parade for the new governor of Judea, Valerius Gratus, a tile falls from the roof of Ben-Hur's house. Gratus is thrown from his horse and nearly killed. Although Messala knows this was an accident, he condemns Ben-Hur to the galleys and imprisons Miriam and Tirzah. By punishing a known friend and prominent citizen, he hopes to intimidate the Jewish populace. Ben-Hur swears to take revenge. Dying of thirst when his slave gang arrives at Nazareth, Ben-Hur collapses. But a local carpenter (who the audience realizes is Jesus) gives him water.read more
Judah Ben-Hur: If that is the choice, then I am against you.
Messala: [ironically] Return?
When the screenplay credit went to arbitration, the WGA accorded sole credit to screenwriter Karl Tunberg, despite Gore Vidal's rewrite and Christopher Fry's polish.
Producer Sam Zimbalist originally intended for the chariot race to be shot in Cinerama. This proved to be too expensive and unwieldy an idea.
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