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Ben-Hur 1959

  • William Wyler
  • December 26, 1959
  • 212 mins
  • English
  • Action, Adventure, Drama, History
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Ben-Hur is a 1959 epic film directed by William Wyler, the third film version of Civil War vet Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. It premiered at Loew's State Theatre in New York City on November 18, 1959. The movie's reputation as a classic is primarily based on two spectacular action sequences: the great chariot race and a Roman naval battle, along with lavish production values and strong performances. The plot of Ben Hur revolves around a Jewish prince who is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend and how he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. However, instead he finds redemption in Christ, the theme is ultimately about being saved in the Christian sense. The film went on to win a record of eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Charlton Heston as Ben Hur). This record-setting Oscars sweep has since been equaled by Titanic in 1998 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2004, but never broken.


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This is an epic remake, something else that Hollywood has trouble doing -- to remake a film on this scale that finds new audiences year after year, after year. Brilliant, wonderful, every bit of it. A must, must see. Just plain excellent!

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I absolutely understand why this is one of the biggest films in history. I totally see people being blown away by how big and epic and exciting this was for 1959. For the most part, I agree too. Some of the scenes are really crazy that they were made to look that good at the time. The scope is just huge.

But I can't help but view it under modern comparison either. I love a good long epic, but this still feels incredibly long. As important as the last hour is in terms of theme, I'd have been happy to see it end after the horse race. Certainly watch this at some point if you've never seen it though. This is important to film history.

Don't worry, there is an intermission.

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Cinema Paco: image 4.75/5, Sound 4/5 It likes Great!. THE PANORAMIC LOOKS INCREDIBLE! A great amd epic movie. 20 minutes to the next time

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