Ben-Hur (1959)

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  • Genre: Action, Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1959-11-18
  • User Rating: 7.844/10 from 2262 ratings
  • Runtime: 3h 42min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: William Wyler
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In 25 AD,Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of trying to kill the Roman governor, he is put into slavery and his mother and sister are taken away as prisoners. Three years later and freed by a grateful Roman galley commander whom he has rescued from drowning, he becomes an expert charioteer for Rome, all the while plotting to return to Judea, find and rescue his family, and avenge himself on his former friend. All the while, the form and work of Jesus move in the background of his life...


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  • Charlton Heston

    as Judah Ben-Hur
  • Haya Harareet

    as Esther
  • Stephen Boyd

    as Messala
  • Martha Scott

    as Miriam
  • Cathy O'Donnell

    as Tirzah
  • Jack Hawkins

    as Quintus Arrius
  • Sam Jaffe

    as Simonides
  • Hugh Griffith

    as Scheich Ildirim
  • Finlay Currie

    as Balthasar
  • Frank Thring

    as Pontius Pilatus
  • George Relph

    as Tiberius Caesar
  • André Morell

    as Sextus
  • Terence Longdon

    as Drusus
  • Ady Berber

    as Malluch
  • Lando Buzzanca

    as Jewish Slave in the Desert (uncredited)
  • Giuliano Gemma

    as Roman Officer with Messala (uncredited)
  • Marina Berti

    as Flavia (uncredited)
  • Robert Brown

    as Chief of Rowers (uncredited)
  • Liana Del Balzo

    as Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
  • Enzo Fiermonte

    as Galley Officer (uncredited)
  • Richard Hale

    as Gaspar (uncredited)
  • Duncan Lamont

    as Marius (uncredited)
  • John Le Mesurier

    as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Ferdy Mayne

    as Captain of Rescue Ship (uncredited)
  • May McAvoy

    as Woman in crowd (uncredited)
  • Aldo Silvani

    as Man in Nazareth (uncredited)
  • Ralph Truman

    as Aide to Tiberius (uncredited)
  • Claude Heater

    as Christ
  • Joe Canutt

    as Sportsman (uncredited)
  • Richard Coleman

    as Metellus (uncredited)
  • Antonio Corevi

    as Senator (uncredited)
  • David Davies

    as Quaestor (uncredited)
  • Mino Doro

    as Gratus (uncredited)
  • Michael Dugan

    as Seaman (uncredited)
  • Franco Fantasia

    as Roman Soldier Who Brings Crown to Gratus (uncredited)
  • José Greci

    as Mary (uncredited)
  • John Horsley

    as Spintho (uncredited)
  • Howard Lang

    as Hortator (uncredited)
  • Stevenson Lang

    as Blind Man (uncredited)
  • Tutte Lemkow

    as Leper (uncredited)
  • Cliff Lyons

    as The Lubian (uncredited)
  • Tiberio Mitri

    as Roman at Bath (uncredited)
  • Remington Olmsted

    as Decurian (uncredited)
  • Laurence Payne

    as Joseph (uncredited)
  • Aldo Pini

    as Bad Thief on Cross (uncredited)
  • Diego Pozzetto

    as Villager (uncredited)
  • Stella Rho

    as Amrah (uncredited)
  • Edwin Richfield

    as Supplier to Leper Colony (uncredited)
  • Hector Ross

    as Officer (uncredited)
  • Maxwell Shaw

    as Rower No. 43 (uncredited)
  • Gianni Solaro

    as Galley Officer (uncredited)
  • Pietro Tordi

    as Pilate's Servant (uncredited)
  • Raimondo Van Riel

    as Old Man (uncredited)
  • Dervis Ward

    as Jailer (uncredited)
  • Joe Yrigoyen

    as The Egyptian - Chariot Racer (uncredited)
  • Nazzareno Zamperla

    as Roman Soldier with a Bow on Galley (uncredited)
  • Jerry Brown

    as The Corinthian (uncredited)
  • Eddie Jauregui

    as The Athenian (uncredited)
  • Gianni Di Segni

    as Galley Guard on Ship (uncredited)
Writing Harold Michelson Storyboard
Sound Van Allen James Supervising Sound Editor
Directing Sergio Leone Second Unit Director
Production Irene Howard Casting
Sound Miklós Rózsa Original Music Composer
Editing Fredric Steinkamp Editorial Services
Art William A. Horning Art Direction
Art Ken Adam Assistant Art Director
Directing William Wyler Director
Production William Wyler Producer
Writing Lew Wallace Novel
Writing Karl Tunberg Screenplay
Production Sam Zimbalist Producer
Camera Robert Surtees Director of Photography
Editing John D. Dunning Editor
Editing Ralph E. Winters Editor
Art Vittorio Valentini Production Design
Art Edward C. Carfagno Art Direction
Art Hugh Hunt Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Elizabeth Haffenden Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Gabriella Borzelli Hair Setup
Costume & Make-Up Charles E. Parker Makeup Artist
Production Edward Woehler Unit Production Manager
Production Sol C. Siegel Executive Producer
Writing Gore Vidal Writer
Crew William Steinkamp Sound Recordist
Sound Eugene Zador Orchestrator
Sound Franklin Milton Recording Supervision
Crew Christopher Fry Additional Writing
Visual Effects A. Arnold Gillespie Visual Effects
Crew Maxwell Anderson Additional Writing
Crew S. N. Behrman Additional Writing
Editing Margaret Booth Additional Editing
Crew David Sharpe Stunts
Camera Harold E. Wellman Additional Photography
Editing Charles K. Hagedon Color Timer
Directing Alberto Cardone Assistant Director
Editing Joan Bridge Color Timer
Production J.J. Cohn Production Manager
Production Henry Henigson Production Manager
Camera Piero Portalupi Additional Photography
Camera Edward Wahrman First Assistant Camera
Crew Umberto Dessena Special Effects
Crew Mickey Gilbert Stunts
Art Italo Tomassi Painter
Crew Sash Fisher Sound Recordist
Crew Doug Hubbard Special Effects
Visual Effects R.A. MacDonald Visual Effects
Crew Jerry Brown Stunts
Crew Eddie Jauregui Stunts
Crew Tap Canutt Stunts