Academy Award® Winner
Charlton Heston stars in this epic about chariots and friendship at the time of Christ. If you've never seen this film on the big screen, you've missed a great story and gripping action scenes that... View more >
Starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins
Winner of 11 Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Charlton Heston).
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"Ben-Hur" is a powerful bible epic from 1959 where the film took home 12 academy awards, including best picture. William Wyler as created such a epic. When he made an epic, he didn't fool around. Every thing was big including the music score by Miklos Rozsa.
The film centers around the life of Ben Hur who lived during the time of Jesus. Charlton Heston played the title role and he played it brilliantly. Ben Hur was sold into slavery after a accident which has killed one of the Roman soldiers. His mother and his sister was sent to live in a lepary colony. He got his freedom back after he saved the life a general. And that led to the famous charriot races.
My favorite scene in the movie. This movie also tells the story of Jesus Christ as connected to Ben Hur's life. One scene as Jesus gave Ben-Hur water when he was refused. And in the end as Jesus went to his death on the cross, Ben-Hur returned the favor. You talk about how powerful this film is, this is big. Ben-Hur" is a must see.
Turner Classic Movies runs the movie all the time. If you allow yourself 10-15 minutes before the film, TCM will run a short on how the famous charriot race sequence was made.
A truly classic epic that can only be really appreciated in all its glory if you can see it in a theater showing the 70mm version.
Movies like this put most current movies to shame.
I felt the movie, although historically inaccurate, was very inspirational. The sets were grand, the SFX was excellent, for the time period and the music was very emotional.