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Ben-Hur (1959)

Ben-Hur
Running time: 211 min. | Genre: Adventure, Drama, Epic cinema, Ancient Rome, Slavery, Friendship, Religion, Revenge, Remake
Ben-Hur

Synopsis

Anno Domini: the seventh year of Augustus Caesar's reign. In the Roman province of Judea, Jews return to the city of their birth for the census. A bright star in the night over Bethlehem marks the birth of Jesus Christ. Years later, Roman commander Messala (Stephen Boyd), who was brought up in Judea, takes command of the Roman garrison in Jerusalem. His Jewish boyhood friend Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) greets him. Messala is delighted. But when Judah refuses to name Jewish patriots, Messala sentences him to the slave galleys and imprisons his mother, Miriam (Martha Scott), and sister, Tirzah (Cathy O'Donnell). Judah vows revenge.

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Costume Design - Color
WINNER
Best Picture
WINNER
Best Sound
WINNER
Best Film Editing
WINNER
Best Visual Effects
WINNER
Best Director (William Wyler)
WINNER
Best Cinematography - Color
WINNER
Best Score - Drama or Comedy
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Charlton Heston)
WINNER
Best Art Direction - Color
WINNER
Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Griffith)
WINNER
Best Adapted Screenplay
NOMINATED

Golden Globes Awards

Best Picture - Drama
WINNER
Best Director (William Wyler)
WINNER
Best Supporting Actor (Stephen Boyd)
WINNER
Best Leading Actor - Drama (Charlton Heston)
NOMINATED

BAFTA

Best Picture
WINNER

David di Donatello

Best Foreign Producer (Metro Goldwyn Mayer)
WINNER
Best Foreign Actor (Charlton Heston)
WINNER

Details

Original title

Ben-Hur

Director

William Wyler

Producer

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Running time

211 min.

Screenwriter

Karl Tunberg (Novela: Lewis Wallace)

Music

Miklós Rózsa

Cinematography

Robert Surtees

Year

1959

Country

United States United States

Ranking

IMDb
8.1

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