An Epic for the Ages
Ben Hur is an example of the best the old Hollywood system could create when it put its mind to it. It is, in the end, a story of revenge, but Ben Hur has a gravitas that the shoot em up revenge movies of today totally lack. Made 45 years ago, it has aged well. The action sequences were all done live, and it is still amazing that they could have been filmed at all. You MUST buy this in the wide screen edition, the pan and scan does not do the movie justice. Ben Hur has all the hallmarks of a well done epic: Grand music that fits the scenes, Dialogue that does not sound trite, A commanding lead actor - Charlton Heston, and a scene (the chariot race) that will never be forgotten once you have seen it. The entire movie, all 3 1/2 hours of it will fly by as you are enveloped in the multi layered story that is thoughtfully presented. I think it stands with the best films ever made.
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