The numbers speak volumes: 100,000 costumes, 8,000 extras, 300 sets and a staggering budget, in it's day the largest in movie history. Ben-Hur's
creators made it the best, the greatest Biblical-era epic ever.
Charlton Heston brings a muscular physical and moral presence to the role of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, a bold escape from an embattled slave gallery, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Heston's charismatic performance brought him the Best Actor Oscar; the film won 1959's Best Picture with the legendary William Wyler earning his third Best Director trophy, the film won a total of 11 Academy Awards - a tally unequalled until 1997's Titanic
This film is in Color; feature running time is 212 minutes. It is rated G.
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