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Ben-Hur (1959)

Director: William Wyler     Starring: Charlton Heston
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40147876
UPC: 012569550629
UPC 14: 00012569550629
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The world's most honored motion picture.
A jewish nobleman in palestine is drawn into a heroic odyssey that includes enslavement by the romans, a bold escape from an embattled slave gallery, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot and fateful encounters with jesus christ.

"A rich and glowing drama that tanscends the bounds of spectacle.  Bosley Crowther, The New York Times
"A biblical epic on a scale even the Caesars could appreciate...  Find-A-Video

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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Commentary, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/16/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 222 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1959
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 65506
Video UPC UPC: 00012569550629
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.76:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Charlton Heston
Video Cast Info Hugh Griffith
Video Cast Info Jack Hawkins
Video Cast Info Stephen Boyd
Video Cast Info Lew Wallace - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Robert Surtees - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info William Wyler - Director
Video Cast Info Miklos Rozsa - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Sam Zimbalist - Producer
Video Cast Info Karl Turner - Writer
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.


Oscar (1960)
Video Award Name Charlton Heston, Winner, Best Actor
Video Award Name Robert Surtees, Winner, Best Cinematogrphy, Color
Video Award Name Elizabeth Haffenden, Winner, Best Costume Design
Video Award Name William Wyler, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Miklos Rozsa, Winner, Best Music, Original Score
Video Award Name Sam Zimbalist, Winner, Best Picture
Video Award Name Hugh Griffith, Winner, Best Supporting Actor

Professional Reviews

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

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

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 9 of 10
Heston and Boyd are well matched as the proud Jew Ben-Hur and his boyhood friend Messala... the galley-slave sequence, and climactic chariot race (directed by Andrew Marton and staged by the legendary stunt expert Yakima Canutt) are still great... - Leonard Maltin

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Heston,Charlton
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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