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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 Ro...

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Directed by

William Wyler

Written by

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

Runtime

222 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

The entertainment experience of a lifetime.

Cast

Keywords

politics love remake revenge religion epic friends period drama christianity prince middle east roman governor historical fiction redemption judaism dungeon jewish family jewish life hatred ancient rome jew persecution miracle leprosy jerusalem, israel roman empire salvation childhood sweetheart 1st century chariot race sea battle galley galley slave religious conversion false inprisonment jesus christ sheikh judea subjugated people

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Lists

#213 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 Film Editing John D. Dunning Ralph E. Winters

Oscar for Best Costume Design, Color Elizabeth Haffenden

Oscar for Best Cinematography, Color Robert Surtees

Oscar for Best Director William Wyler