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Sam Jaffe

Sam Jaffe
(as Simonides)

Simonides: Judah-Ben Hur! You've come back to us like a returning faith! Oh Judah, I should like to laugh again. Let us laugh!
Judah Ben-Hur: We will laugh.
Simonides: There will be joy again in this house! We will celebrate! Among the dust and cobwebs...
[Simonides sobs]

Finlay Currie

Finlay Currie
(as Balthasar / Narrator)

Balthasar: [during Jesus Christ's Crucifixion] I have lived too long.

Finlay Currie

Finlay Currie
(as Balthasar / Narrator)

Balthasar: Pardon me - you are a stranger here. Would you be from Nazareth?
Judah Ben-Hur: Why do you ask?
Balthasar: I thought... you might be the one... the one I have come back from my country to find. He would be about your age.
Judah Ben-Hur: Who?
Balthasar: When I find him, I shall know him.

Frank Thring

Frank Thring
(as Pontius Pilate)

Pontius Pilate: A grown man knows the world he lives in. For the moment, that world is Rome.

Stephen Boyd

Stephen Boyd
(as Messala)

Judah Ben-Hur: [after he is sentenced to the galleys] May God grant me vengeance! I will pray that you live until I return!
Messala: [ironically] Return?


Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston
(as Judah Ben)

Judah Ben-Hur: [as Judah Ben-Hur hugs Simonides, in friendship] Simonides.
[This is also the only time Simonides' name is verbally mentioned, during the movie]
Judah Ben-Hur: .

Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston
(as Judah Ben)

Judah Ben-Hur: [dipping a hand in a stream] When the Romans were marching me to the galleys, thirst had almost killed me. A man gave me water to drink, and I went on living. I should have done better if I'd poured it into the sand!
Balthasar: No.
Judah Ben-Hur: I'm thirsty still.

Finlay Currie

Finlay Currie
(as Balthasar / Narrator)

Judah Ben-Hur: He gave me water, and the heart to live. What has he done to merit this?
Balthasar: He has taken the world of our sins onto Himself. To this end He said He was born, in that stable, where I first saw Him. For this cause, He came into the world.
Judah Ben-Hur: For this death?
Balthasar: For this beginning.

Finlay Currie

Finlay Currie
(as Balthasar / Narrator)

Judah Ben-Hur: I must deal with Messala in my own way.
Balthasar: And your way is to kill him.
[Judah's reaction indicates Balthasar is correct, as Sheik Ilderim looks on with dismay]
Balthasar: I see this terrible thing in your eyes, Judah Ben-Hur, but no matter what this man has done to you, you have no right to take his life. He will be punished inevitably.
Judah Ben-Hur: I don't believe in miracles.
Balthasar: Your life is a miracle! Why will you not accept God's judgement?

Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston
(as Judah Ben)

Judah Ben-Hur: If I cannot persuade them, that does not mean I will help you... *murder* them. Besides, you must understand this, Messala. I believe in the past of my people, *and* in their future.
Messala: Future? You are a conquered people!
Judah Ben-Hur: You may conquer the land; you may slaughter the people. But that is not the end. We will rise again.

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