Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. At first they are happy to meet after a long time but their different politic views separate them. During the welcome parade a brick falls down from Judah's house and barely misses the governor. Although Messala knows that they are not guilty he sends Judah to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. But Judah swears to come back and take revenge. Written by Matthias Scheler [IMDB.COM]
Release: 10 December 1959 Running Time: 212 min Awards: Won 11 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 5 nominations AFI Recognition: 100 YEARS100 MOVIES #72 100 YEARS100 THRILLS #49 100 YEARS OF FILM SCORES #21 100 YEARS100 CHEERS #56 100 YEARS100 MOVIES 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION #100 Producer: Sam Zimbalist Director: William Wyler Writer: Karl Tunberg Cast: Charlton Heston (Judah Ben-Hur, also known as No. 41 and Young Quintus Arrius), Jack Hawkins (Quintus Arrius), Haya Harareet (Esther), Stephen Boyd (Messala), Hugh Griffith (Sheik Ilderim) Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance Domestic Total Gross: $74 million [AFI.COM][IMDB.COM][BOXOFFICEMOJO.COM]
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