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  • Feb 27, 2004
Absolutely one of the best films ever made with one of the best action sequences (the chariot race) in film history. Ben Hur is betrayed throughout the film by his supposed best friend and overcomes all odds to regain his humanity and with the help of Jesus, save his sister and mother.

Along with The Ten Commandments, this is what made Heston a household name!

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Quick Tip by . December 05, 2010
I have never seen a Movie like Benhur..it is not a cinema it is i feel actual ..i always see many times...haunting music is in the air alagarsamy
Quick Tip by . November 16, 2010
What can I say about this film? 11 Oscars - all deserved - great actors, action, musical score + Charlton Heston AND Stephen Boyd... movie heaven - especially on a big screen!!
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
We watch this movie every Easter. Still powerful after all these years.
review by . April 06, 2009
Ben-Hur is # 100 on AFI's top 100. I really.... really liked this film. I expected to have a tough time staying interested because it was produced twenty years before I was born and of course it took place in Biblical times. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself clenching my fists 5 minutes into the film when the chariot race began.  I didn't loosen up my grip for another 15 minutes after! Charlton Heston definately earned his Oscar for this performance as Judah Ben-Hur. A Jewish nobleman, …
review by . April 16, 2008
It's definitely one of my favorites of all time because it's got stuff that most movies don't have: Everything. MGM and company unintentionally created a work of popular art that could only be fully appreciated in its original, pristine print, 70mm, super widescreen glory. It is no longer possible to make a film like Ben-Hur. Oh, George Lucas tries with all his computerized graphics, but this is a REAL spectacle, not some virtual one. 8,000 extras, tens of thousands of costumes, a $15 million budget …
review by . April 14, 2002
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This masterful movie epic is based on a novel by General Lew Wallace. The movie mostly revolves around the fictional Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston), a wealthy; well-respected; prominent member of the Jewish community; and exiled Prince in Judea at the time of Christ. Ben-Hur's life is parralled by that of Jesus, the two were born at approximately the same time and they briefly meet at crucial time's in their lives. Judea has a new Tribune and a new governor. The new Tribune, Messala, is an old …
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Anno Domini: the seventh year of Augustus Caesar's reign. In the Roman province of Judea, Jews return to the city of their birth for the census. A bright star in the night over Bethlehem marks the birth of Jesus Christ. Years later, Roman commander Messala (Stephen Boyd), who was brought up in Judea, takes command of the Roman garrison in Jerusalem. His Jewish boyhood friend Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) greets him. Messala is delighted. But when Judah refuses to name Jewish patriots, Messala sentences him to the slave galleys and imprisons his mother, Miriam (Martha Scott), and sister, Tirzah (Cathy O'Donnell). Judah vows revenge.

In BEN-HUR, William Wyler's much-lauded epic, the story of Judah's search for his mother and sister and his quest for revenge intersects with crucial biblical events such as the Sermon on the Mount and the crucifixion. Wyler gets fine performances from Heston, Boyd, Jack Hawkins (as a Roman admiral who befriends Judah), and Hugh Griffith (as an Arab sheik who drea...
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