The numbers speak volumes: 100,000 costumes, 8,000 extras, 300 sets and a staggering budget in its day the largest in movie history. Ben-Hur's creators made it the best, the greatest Biblical-era epic ever. Charlton Heston brings a muscular physical and moral presence to the role of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, a bold escape from an embattled slave galley, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Heston's charismatic performance brought him the Best Actor Oscar®; the winner as 1959's Best Picture with the legendary William Wyler earning his third Best Director trophy, the film won a total 11 Academy Awards® - a tally unequalled until 1997's Titanic set sail.

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Ben-Hur (1959)

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Action/Adventure/Romance/Drama · 3h 32m · 11/18/1959

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A Tale of the Christ

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The numbers speak volumes: 100,000 costumes, 8,000 extras, 300 sets and a staggering budget in its day the largest in movie history. Ben-Hur's creators made it the best, the greatest Biblical-era epic ever. Charlton Heston brings a muscular physical and moral presence to the role of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, a bold escape from an embattled slave galley, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Heston's charismatic performance brought him the Best Actor Oscar®; the winner as 1959's Best Picture with the legendary William Wyler earning his third Best Director trophy, the film won a total 11 Academy Awards® - a tally unequalled until 1997's Titanic set sail.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Budget

$15,200,000

Revenue

$74,427,638
Part Of
Cast
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Charlton Heston

Judah Ben-Hur
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Jack Hawkins

Quintus Arrius
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Haya Harareet

Esther
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Stephen Boyd

Messala
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Hugh Griffith

Sheik Ilderim
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Martha Scott

Miriam
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Cathy O'Donnell

Tirzah
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Sam Jaffe

Simonides
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Finlay Currie

Balthasar / Narrator
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Frank Thring

Pontius Pilate
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Terence Longdon

Drusus
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George Relph

Tiberius Caesar
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André Morell

Sextus
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Fortunato Arena

Soldier (uncredited)
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Bruno Ariè

Roman Officer (uncredited)
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Les Ballets Africains

Dancers at Roman Banquet (uncredited)
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Emma Baron

Jewish Woman (uncredited)
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Ady Berber

Malluch (uncredited)
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Marina Berti

Flavia (uncredited)
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Hugh Billingsley

Mario (uncredited)
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Jerry Brown

The Corinthian (uncredited)
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Robert Brown

Chief of Rowers (uncredited)
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Lando Buzzanca

Jewish Slave in the Desert (uncredited)
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Joe Canutt

Sportsman (uncredited)
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Otello Capanna

The Byzantine (uncredited)
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Emile Carrer

Rower No. 28 (uncredited)
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Richard Coleman

Metellus (uncredited)
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Antonio Corevi

Senator (uncredited)
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Michael Cosmo

Raimondo (uncredited)
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Alfredo Danesi

The Armenian (uncredited)
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David Davies

Quaestor (uncredited)
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Carmen de Hohenlohe

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
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Victor De La Fosse

Galley Officer (uncredited)
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Liana Del Balzo

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
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Mino Doro

Gratus (uncredited)
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Michael Dugan

Seaman (uncredited)
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Franco Fantasia

Roman Soldier Who Brings Crown to Gratus (uncredited)
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Dino Fazio

Marcello (uncredited)
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Enzo Fiermonte

Galley Officer (uncredited)
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Bob Folkerson

Chariot Racer (uncredited)
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Giuliano Gemma

Roman Officer with Messala (uncredited)
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John Glenn

Rower No. 42 (uncredited)
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José Greci

Mary (uncredited)
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Richard Hale

Gaspar (uncredited)
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Claude Heater

Jesus - The Christ (uncredited)
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Prince Hohenlohe

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
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John Horsley

Spintho (uncredited)
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Eddie Juaregui

The Athenian (uncredited)
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William Kiehl

Soldier (uncredited)
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Duncan Lamont

Marius (uncredited)
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Howard Lang

Hortator (uncredited)
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John Le Mesurier

Doctor (uncredited)
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Tutte Lemkow

Leper (uncredited)
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Cliff Lyons

The Lubian (uncredited)
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Luigi Marra

The Syrian (uncredited)
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Ferdy Mayne

Captain of Rescue Ship (uncredited)
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May McAvoy

Woman in Crowd (uncredited)
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Nona Medici

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
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Furio Meniconi

Soldier (uncredited)
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Tiberio Mitri

Roman at Bath (uncredited)
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Aldo Mozele

Barca (uncredited)
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Thomas O'Leary

Starter at Race (uncredited)
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Remington Olmsted

Decurian (uncredited)
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Laurence Payne

Joseph (uncredited)
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Aldo Pial

Cavalry Officer (uncredited)
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Vladimiro Picciafuochi

Soldier (uncredited)
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Aldo Pini

Bad Thief on Cross (uncredited)
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Ferdinando Poggi

Soldier (uncredited)
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Diego Pozzetto

Villager (uncredited)
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Prince Raimondo

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
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Stella Rho

Amrah (uncredited)
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Edwin Richfield

Supplier to Leper Colony (uncredited)
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Mario Rivoltella

Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Hector Ross

Officer (uncredited)
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Emanuele Ruspoli

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
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Amerigo Santarelli

Rower (uncredited)
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Maxwell Shaw

Rower No. 43 (uncredited)
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Noel Sheldon

Centurion (uncredited)
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Aldo Silvani

Man in Nazareth (uncredited)
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Umberto Silvestri

Guard on ship (uncredited)
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Reginald Lal Singh

Melchior (uncredited)
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Gianni Solaro

Galley Officer (uncredited)
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John Stevenson Lang

Blind Man (uncredited)
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Alfred Thomas

Oarsman (uncredited)
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Pietro Tordi

Pilate's Servant (uncredited)
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Giuseppe Tosi

Chariot Driver (uncredited)
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Ralph Truman

Aide to Tiberius (uncredited)
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Raimondo Van Riel

Old Man (uncredited)
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Venantino Venantini

Palefrenier de la course de chars (uncredited)
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Dervis Ward

Jailer (uncredited)
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Irina Wassilchikoff

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
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Joe Yrigoyen

The Egyptian - Chariot Racer (uncredited)
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Nazzareno Zamperla

Roman Soldier with a Bow on Galley (uncredited)
Crew
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William Wyler

Director
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Karl Tunberg

Writer
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Gore Vidal

Writer
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Maxwell Anderson

Writer
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Lew Wallace

Writer
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Robert Surtees

Cinematograpy
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Miklós Rózsa

Music
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John D. Dunning

Editor
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Ralph E. Winters

Editor
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Sam Zimbalist

Producer
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