• Ben-Hur (1959)


Release Date: November 18th, 1959

DVD Release Date: March 13th, 2001

G |3 hr 23 min

Plot Summary

Charlton Heston plays a Palestinian Jew who is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus changes everything. Heston finally meets his rival in a justly famous chariot race and rescues his suffering family.

Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Sam Jaffe, Cathy O'Donnell

Director: William Wyler

Genres: Drama , Historical drama , Adventure

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: Friend, Rise, Touching, Revenge, Sister, Sacrifice, Emotional, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    William ThomasEmpire

    Little can come close to captivating the grandeur and epic quality of William Wyler's magnificent bum numb-er. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    An extraordinary motion picture, greater in dimension and significance than any similar film of our time, Ben-Hur is more spectacular than any of the previous spectacles. More importantly, it is at the same time a highly rewarding dramatic experience, rich and complex in human values: a great adventure, full of excitement, visual beauty, thrills and unsurpassed cinema artistry. show more

  • 100
    The Telegraph

    Although it is a spectacle film, the story of how a man takes on the tyranny of the Romans, with all sorts of horrible consequences to himself and his family, is powerful and gripping. show more

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Winner Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1960)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
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Winner Best Motion Picture
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Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
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