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Categories: Action, Drama, History
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...

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1959-11-18
Run time: 222 minute / 3:42
Budget: $15,000,000
Revenue: $164,000,000
Director: William Wyler
Writer: Karl Tunberg
Production Company : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Country: United States of America


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)
Harold Michelson Storyboard

Van Allen James Supervising Sound Editor

Irene Howard Casting

Miklós Rózsa Original Music Composer

Fredric Steinkamp Editorial Services

William A. Horning Art Direction
Ken Adam Assistant Art Director

William Wyler Director

William Wyler Producer

Lew Wallace Novel
Karl Tunberg Screenplay

Sam Zimbalist Producer

Robert Surtees Director of Photography

John D. Dunning Editor
Ralph E. Winters Editor

Vittorio Valentini Production Design
Edward C. Carfagno Art Direction
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration

Costume & Make-Up
Elizabeth Haffenden Costume Design
Gabriella Borzelli Hair Setup
Charles E. Parker Makeup Artist

Edward Woehler Unit Production Manager
Sol C. Siegel Executive Producer

Gore Vidal Writer

William Steinkamp Sound Recordist

Eugene Zador Orchestrator
Franklin Milton Recording Supervision

Christopher Fry Additional Writing

Visual Effects
A. Arnold Gillespie Visual Effects

Maxwell Anderson Additional Writing
S. N. Behrman Additional Writing

Margaret Booth Additional Editing

David Sharpe Stunts

Harold E. Wellman Additional Photography

Charles K. Hagedon Color Timer

Alberto Cardone Assistant Director

Joan Bridge Color Timer

J.J. Cohn Production Manager
Henry Henigson Production Manager

Piero Portalupi Additional Photography
Edward Wahrman First Assistant Camera

Umberto Dessena Special Effects
Mickey Gilbert Stunts

Italo Tomassi Painter

Sash Fisher Sound Recordist
Doug Hubbard Special Effects

Visual Effects
R.A. MacDonald Visual Effects

Jerry Brown Stunts
Eddie Jauregui Stunts
Tap Canutt Stunts

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