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Director: William Wyler     Starring: Charlton Heston
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Sku: 222677083
UPC: 883929178261
UPC 14: 00883929178261
Sales Rank: 12119
Rating: NR
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Editor's Note
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 dreams of racing his beautiful white horses against Messala). Among BEN-HUR's vivid dramatic sequences are a violent sea battle and the famous chariot race that pits Judah against Messala in one of cinema's great action sequences.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/27/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 222 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1959
Video UPC UPC: 00883929178261
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Terence Longdon
Video Cast Info Jack Hawkins
Video Cast Info Frank Thring
Video Cast Info George Relph
Video Cast Info Andre Morell
Video Cast Info Charlton Heston
Video Cast Info Stephen Boyd
Video Cast Info Cathy O'Donnell
Video Cast Info Martha Scott
Video Cast Info Finlay Currie
Video Cast Info Haya Harareet
Video Cast Info Sam Jaffe
Video Cast Info Hugh Griffith
Video Cast Info Andrew Marton - Assistant Director
Video Cast Info Elizabeth Haffenden - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Robert MacDonald - Special Effects
Video Cast Info A. Arnold Gillespie - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Lew Wallace - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Miklos Rozsa - Composer
Video Cast Info John D. Dunning - Editor
Video Cast Info William A. Horning - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Robert Surtees - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Karl Tunberg - Writer
Video Cast Info Edward C. Carfagno - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Ralph E. Winters - Editor
Video Cast Info William Wyler - Director
Plot Summary
William Wyler's biblical epic is a production of unheard-of scale, exhibiting the work of literally tens of thousands of people. The film tells the story of Judah Ben-Hur, a Judean prince who as a galley slave saves the life of a Roman nobleman, changing his life forever. The 1880 novel by Lew Wallace had previously been filmed to great acclaim in 1927 with Ramon Navarro.

Professional Reviews

Variety
"...William Wyler's 1959 Roman drama still has a self-confidence and sheer scope that's jaw-dropping..." 03/05/2001 p.42

Premiere
"[H]istorically significant and fascinating." 10/01/2005 p.126

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