About

Judah Ben-Hur, a Palestinian Jew, is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus changes everything. He finally meets his rival in a justly famous chariot race and rescues his suffering family.

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Directed by

William Wyler

Written by

Karl Tunberg (Screenplay)
Lew Wallace (Novel)
Gore Vidal (Writer)
Harold Michelson (Storyboard)

Runtime

212 minutes

Country

United States of America, Italy, Mexico, Lebanon

Language

English

Tagline

The entertainment experience of a lifetime.

Cast

Keywords

politics remake revenge epic friends prince jewish roman governor jerusalem chariot race galley galley slave

Photos

Lists

#195 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#567 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#100 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

#491 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

Awards

Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role Charlton Heston

Oscar for Best Film Editing John D. Dunning Ralph E. Winters

Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Hugh Griffith

Oscar for Best Effects, Special Effects A. Arnold Gillespie R.A. MacDonald