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Ben-Hur (1959)
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From Warner Home Video:
Experience the visual splendor, thundering action and towering drama of this record-setting Academy Award-winning film. Charlton Heston, in his Best Actor Oscar-winning role, is Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Best Director Oscar-winner William Wyler masterfully grips the reins of an enduring and spellbinding spectacular.

With 100,000 costumes, 15,000 extras, 300 sets and a $15 million budget that, at the time, was the most expensive in MGMs history, Ben-Hur is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished Biblical-era epics ever made. Based on Lew Wallaces best-selling novel and adapted by Karl Tunber, Ben-Hur stars Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell and Sam Jaffe. The film ranks in the top twenty in all-time box office when adjusted for inflation (source: Box Office Mojo).

Heston brings a solid physical and moral presence to the title role of Judah Ben-Hur, and his charismatic performance earned him one of the films 11 Academy Awards (a feat equaled only by Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King).  In addition to the Best Actor award, Ben-Hur also captured Oscars for Best Motion Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (Griffith).

The movie was filmed in a process known as MGM Camera 65, one of the widest prints ever made, with a width almost three times its height.  This allowed for spectacular panoramic shots and bold action sequences.  Even by todays standards, Ben-Hur's now legendary chariot race still astonishes.  The lack of computer-generated effects, the visually stunning MGM Camera 65 process, and excellent cinematography all make the scene one of the most memorable in modern cinema.

From The Patriot Resource:
Ben-Hur is a Hollywood classic, having been nominated for twelve Oscars and winning eleven in 1960. The film mixed an exploration of Christianity with the action and decadence of the Roman Empire. Ben-Hur moves throughout the Roman Empire and experiences Pontius Pilate and the Jewish people's decision to allow Jesus Christ's crucificition as well as slavery and chariot racing with a climax in the Roman arena. Ben-Hur is headlined by Charlton Heston (Moses in The Ten Commandments) in the title role.

Partial Cast List
Charlton Heston
Jack Hawkins
Haya Harareet
Stephen Boyd
Hugh Griffith
Martha Scott
Sam Jaffe
Frank Thring
Terance Longdon
André Morell
... Judah Ben-Hur
... Quintus Arrius
... Esther
... Messala
... Sheik Ilderim
... Miriam
... Simonides
... Pontius Pilate
... Drusus
... Sextus

Partial Crew List
William Wyler
Lew Wallace
Karl Tunberg
Sam Zimbalist
Miklós Rózsa
Robert Surtees
John D. Dunning
Ralph E. Winters
... Director
... Writer (novel)
... Writer
... Producer
... Composer
... Cinematographer
... Editor
... Editor

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