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Ben-Hur (1959) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by William Wyler and produced by William Wyler, Sam Zimbalist, Sol C. Siegel and Joseph Vogel.

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.

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BEN-HUR (1925)

By Dan Day Jr. on Aug 9, 2013 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

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


BEN-HUR (1925)

By Dan Day Jr. on Aug 9, 2013 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

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


Triple Ben-Hur Extravaganza!

By Raquel Stecher on Jul 21, 2013 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

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


Ben-Hur (1959)

By Beatrice on May 12, 2013 From Flickers in Time

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


Best Picture Winner 1959: Ben-Hur

By Duke Mantee on Aug 23, 2012 From Spoilers

There are countless movie reviews on Turner Classic Movies website alone about Ben-Hur. Countless. So I’ve tricked you by titling this post Ben-Hur, when really, I’m 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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Quotes from

Messala: Look to the West, Judah! Don't be a fool, look to Rome!
Judah Ben-Hur: I would rather be a fool than a traitor... or a killer!
Messala: I am a soldier!
Judah Ben-Hur: Yes! Who kills! For Rome! Rome is evil!
Messala: I warn you...
Judah Ben-Hur: No! I warn you! Rome is an affront to God! Rome is strangling my people and my country, the whole Earth! But not forever. I tell you the day Rome falls there will be a shout of freedom such as the world has never heard before!


Sheik Ilderim: You think you can treat my horses like animals? Give me those reins! Bonehead!


Quintus Arrius: Now listen to me, all of you. You are all condemned men. We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well, and live.


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Facts about

Gore Vidal was uncredited as a screenwriter, although producer Sam Zimbalist promised he and Christopher Fry, who worked on the script independently from Vidal, a screen credit. Karl Tunberg, who wrote the original screenplay that had been very much rewritten into a shooting script by Vidal and Fry, claimed the credit. Zimbalist died before the movie ended, and thus could not testify at the guild arbitration hearing. Tunberg won the credit, but failed to win the Oscar. The film had been nominated for 12 Oscars, and won a record 11 (since tied). The movie's sole loss was for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, and usually is attributed to the fallout from the credit dispute, which Vidal made widely known.
Sergio Leone has an uncredited second unit director credit. In later years, he claimed that he directed the chariot race scenes, but that is a falsehood (Leone had a reputation for not always being truthful).
Charlton Heston himself wrote some additional scenes between Ben-Hur and Messala. They were never used as William Wyler deemed them to be "the phoniest thing" he'd ever had to deal with from an actor.
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