Ben-Hur Movie Review 1959

Information and Film Reviews for Ben-Hur the Movie

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The third film version of the Lew Wallace classic stars Heston in the role of a Palestinian Jew battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. Won a record 11 Oscars. The breathtaking chariot race is still one of the best screen races today. Perhaps one of the greatest pictures of all time. Also available in letterbox format.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 212 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Jerusalem, Religious Epics, Top Grossing Films of 1959, Rome--Ancient, 4 Bones
Karl Tunberg
Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Sam Jaffe, Cathy O'Donnell, Finlay Currie
Robert L. Surtees
William Wyler
Miklos Rozsa
Sam Zimbalist, MGM


Oscars 1959: Actor (Heston), Art Dir./Set Dec., Color, Color Cinematog., Costume Des. (C), Director (Wyler), Film Editing, Picture, Sound, Support. Actor (Griffith), Orig. Dramatic Score; AFI 1998: Top 100; British Acad. 1959: Film; Directors Guild 1959: Director (Wyler); Golden Globes 1960: Director (Wyler), Film--Drama, Support. Actor (Boyd), Natl. Film Reg. 2004;; N.Y. Film Critics 1959: Film.

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