Ben-Hur (1959)
Front Cover Actor
Charlton Heston Judah Ben-Hur
Jack Hawkins Quintus Arrius
Stephen Boyd Messala
Haya Harareet Esther
Hugh Griffith Sheik Ilderim
Martha Scott Miriam
Cathy O'Donnell Tirzah
Sam Jaffe Simonides
Finlay Currie Balthasar/Narrator in pre-credits sequence
Frank Thring Pontius Pilate
Terence Longdon
Andre Morell
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Drama; Romance
Director William Wyler
Producer Sam Zimbalist; William Wyler
Writer Lew Wallace; Karl Tunberg
Language English
Audience Rating G
Running Time 3 hr 32 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Ben-Hur scooped an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards® in 1959 and, unlike some later rivals, richly deserved every single one. This is epic filmmaking on a scale that had not been seen before and is unlikely ever to be seen again. But it's not just running time or a cast of thousands that makes an epic, it's the subject matter, and here the subject--Prince Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and his estrangement from old Roman pal Messala (Stephen Boyd)--is rich, detailed, and sensitively handled. Director William Wyler, who had been a junior assistant on MGM's original silent version back in 1925, never sacrifices the human focus of the story in favor of spectacle, and is aided immeasurably by Miklos Rozsa's majestic musical score, arguably the greatest ever written for a Hollywood picture. At four hours it's a long haul (especially given some of the portentous dialogue), but all in all, Ben-Hur is a great movie, best seen on the biggest screen possible. --Mark Walker
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Index 1329
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 6/1/04
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Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 011
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 012569550629
Release Date 6/1/04
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby