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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926)

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This renowned silent epic was one of the most expensive features of its day, and easily stands up to the later, technically superior version. Juda Ben-Hur, a Judean Prince forced to become a galley slave, saves the life of a Roman nobleman. He is adopted by the Roman and becomes a respected citizen and a famed chariot racer. Upon his return to Judea, Ben-Hur witnesses the crucifixion of Jesus and is inspired to convert to Christianity. Hold on tight during the sea battle and chariot race.

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Cast

Ramon Novarro
as Judah Ben-Hur
May McAvoy
as Esther
Claire McDowell
as Princess of Hur
Mitchell Lewis
as Sheik Ilderim
Leo White
as Sanballat
Charles Belcher
as Balthazar
Harry Greenberg
as Centurion
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Critic Reviews for Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

All Critics (7)

Best enjoyed as a sample of the state of the art circa 1925, not as a timeless masterpiece.

September 15, 2008 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
Antagony & Ecstasy

At nearly 2½ hours long, the 1925 version is still an hour shorter than the 1959 version, yet the story is essentially the same, and the scale similarly impressive.

October 17, 2005 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Decent Films Guide

Yes, you'll also find the chariot race in here, and you may even find it as exciting or more exciting than the one Heston enacted.

August 30, 2005 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
Movie Metropolis

Hokey by today's standards, but one of the greatest silent film spectacles.

April 8, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Novelist Lew Wallace's 'Tale of Christ' got the silent Hollywood treatment, and how, in M-G-M's elephantine costume epic.

August 6, 2004 | Full Review…
Boulder Weekly

Has merits not found in William Wyler's Oscar-laden 1959 remake.

December 1, 2002 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

½

I think I ought to re-watch this movie. I did just watch it last week, but it was so long I got bored and wasn't paying attention. I do remember a few good scenes, and the epic landscapes and enormous cast are really cool looking, but it's just so long. It really looks like an expensive picture, and the main cast does a good job, so I think it deserves a re-watch.

Aj V
Aj V

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