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Ben-Hur (1959)

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Critic Consensus: Uneven, but in terms of epic scope and grand spectacle, Ben-Hur still ranks among Hollywood's finest examples of pure entertainment.

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Record-breaking winner of 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, and Score, this epic masterpiece stars Charlton Heston ("The Ten Commandments," "Touch of Evil") in the title role of a rebellious Israelite Jew who takes on the Roman Empire during the time of Christ. Featuring one of the most famous action sequences of all time -- the breathtaking chariot race. Directed by Oscar-winner William Wyler ("Mrs. Miniver," "The Best Years of Our Lives"). Recently selected as one of the top 100 American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Romance
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MGM

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Cast

Jack Hawkins
as Quintus Arrius
Stephen Boyd
as Messala
Haya Harareet
as Esther
Martha Scott
as Miriam
Sam Jaffe
as Simonedes
Finlay Currie
as Balthazar
Frank Thring
as Pontius Pilate
George Relph
as Tiberius
Marina Berti
as Flavia
Hugh Griffith
as Sheik Ilderim
André Morell
as Sextus
Adi Berber
as Malluch
Richard Hale
as Gaspar
Dino Fazio
as Marcello
John Horsley
as Spintho
Richard Coleman
as Metellus
Duncan Lamont
as Marius
Ralph Truman
as Aide to Tiberius
David Davies
as Quaestor
Dervis Ward
as Jailer
Mino Doro
as Gratus
Robert Brown
as Chief of Rowers
John Glenn
as Rower No. 42
Maxwell Shaw
as Rower No. 43
Emilio Carrer
as Rower No. 28
Howard Lang
as Hortator
Stevenson Lang
as Blind Man
Aldo Mozele
as Barca
Thomas James O'Leary
as Starter at Race
Noel Sheldon
as Centurion
Hector Ross
as Officer
Bill Kuehl
as Soldier
Aldo Silvani
as Man in Nazareth
Diego Pozzetto
as Villager
Michael Cosmo
as Raimondo
Aldo Pial
as Cavalry Officer
Victor De La Fosse
as Galley Officer
Enzo Fiermonte
as Galley Officer
Tiberio Mitri
as Roman at Bath
Pietro Tordi
as Pilate's Servant
Jerry Brown
as The Corinthian
Otello Capanna
as The Byzantine
Luigi Marra
as Syrian
Cliff Lyons
as Lubian
Joe Yrigoyen
as Egyptian
Alfredo Danesi
as Armenian
Michael Dugan
as Seaman
Joe Canutt
as Sportsman
John Glen
as Rower No. 42
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne
as Captain of Rescue Ship
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Critic Reviews for Ben-Hur

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (7)

The biggest and the best of Hollywood's super-spectacles.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Entire new frontiers in boredom were opened up by this MGM whopper from 1959.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Chicago Reader
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The movie could be trying to say that for some people religion is an escape from their sexuality, but it seems unlikely.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Mr. Wyler and his money-free producers have smartly and effectively laid stress on the powerful and meaningful personal conflicts that are strong in this old heroic tale.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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If we later came to realize that movies could be a whole lot better than Ben-Hur, that still doesn't detract from the enjoyment the film still provides.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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A majestic achievement, representing a superb blending of the motion picture arts by master craftsmen.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Variety
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Audience Reviews for Ben-Hur

½

A sword and sandal epic intended to begger your measly little life...which it almost manages to do, dadgumit! Heston represents Israel groaning under the Roman yoke, needlessly persecuted, until we get to the famous climax: the chariot race. The notoriously long film should've ended there but instead tacks on a snooze-worthy bit about Christian redemption, perhaps as justification for the previous hours of hedonistic excess. Still, old school sumptuous-ness played for the epic factor, missing by only that much.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Powerful and masterfully crafted, Ben Hur is a timeless epic that will continue to thrill and move audience members throughout the generations.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

½

William Wyler's epic and unforgettable masterpiece. One of the best remakes ever! Touching. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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