Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur

A Tale of Christ

DVD - 2012
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WittyPenguin
Mar 17, 2021

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve seen a film for the first time which has an overture, a cult-in intermission AND an overture for the second half or 'Entr’acte' if you prefer precision). “Ben-Hur” has all of those, so I watched Part 1, then made dinner, then watched Part 2.

Yes, really, I have never seen this before.

It’s dripping with Christian melodrama and simplification of both history and religious doctrine, but WOW what great presentation! It feels like this was what the word ‘epic’ was coined for. At 3¾ hours, it’s long, but isn’t arduous.

Now I understand why it’s considered such a landmark film. It must have taken over a year to film (only about nine months of 16-hour days and six-day week, it turns out), and we’ll never see anything this grand ever made again. The art direction and wardrobe alone would cost millions now.

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10000mefest
Dec 04, 2020

Definitely an epic. This is a great movie for the holiday season.

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cgreenwood99
Nov 22, 2020

Chuck Heston's best work in a big epic film. This is when Hollywood worked on stories and acting rather than depending on special effects and green screens. Watch with your kids during the holiday.

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BBRUTTIG
Jul 05, 2019

1959.. The GOLD STANDARD of this type of movie. Great sets, actors and action. The 2016 remake was horrible. A MUST WATCH type movie from the glory days of Hollywood studios.

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darkaegisagain
Apr 27, 2019

Absolutely amazing acting by Charlton Heston, when you watch it as a child it's just another movie about two guys in a chariot race. But as an adult you catch the transformation of Ben Hur from a Jew to a Christian as he receives water from Jesus and becomes a follower of Christ.

A great movie to watch before Easter and worth watching again when you are older to realize how much Charlton Heston embedded his Christian beliefs into his movies.

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bpbiblio
Feb 17, 2019

The only thing that makes this film great is the famous chariot race. The scene that aptly made this movie a classic is truly stunning to see and makes your heart race from beginning to end. It’s even more remarkable when you know that it was all done without modern digital imaging. No CGI technology. Real horses, real people and real sets combine to bring the past vividly to life. The scene immediately following the chariot race when Messala is dying from his wounds is probably the most intense and dramatic in the entire film. Other than the chariot race, this film is tedious, annoyingly Christian centric and hokey. If you cannot stomach the film’s opening scene which is like a circa 1950s made-for-tv Christmas special, the womens’ blue eyeshadow and Charlton Heston’s stiff acting, then I would suggest skipping the entire first disc and going straight to the chariot race.

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Palomino
Jun 04, 2018

Excellent, and, ahem ladies, about ten minutes in I realized what's the enduring appeal... Chariot race was also memorable. I think they had different actors playing the horses at different times, but bonus half star for giving the horses names and characters.

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akirakato
Mar 26, 2018

Directed by William Wyler in 1959 based on the 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, this American biblical drama depicts the life of Judah Ben-Hur, a wealthy prince and merchant in Jerusalem.
I love the nine-minute thrilling and exciting chariot race, which has become one of cinema's most famous sequences.
Quite touching and heartwarming is the miracle, with which both Judah's mother and sister get healed during the rainstorm following the crucifixion.
It is one of the greatest films ever made---if not top of the culturally, historically and aesthetically significant motion pictures.

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AQUILEA777
Oct 12, 2017

Several scenes are among the very greatest ever filmed, supported by monumental Miklos Rozsa score. Holds the best for last. (Ignore Library plot summary. In the novel, the Jews deliberately hurl tiles, and Ben-Hur has the bladed axle.)

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messala2
Jul 24, 2017

"It takes a Jew to make a good movie about Christ." Thus spake Willy Wyler, and truer words were never spoken. As for this film not being inspirational, that being something subjective, I hesitate to assert what would be inspiring to the above commentator would probably not inspire me. What inspired Roma Downey to re-make the film and attempt to film the highlights of the Bible to inspire her followers does not reach my heart. Heston staring into Christ's face, trying to give him (Him) water on the road to Calvary, with a look of "I can't do anything to change this" on his face : I don't know if that's universally inspiring, but it's inspired film making, thanks to Meister Wyler.

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lindy919
Dec 10, 2016

LONGEST. MOVIE. EVER.

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Tabaqui
Aug 13, 2016

I watched this with my sixth grade Sunday-School class. It really is a wonderful drama, working well with the Biblical account. The Ten Commandments is also a good movie. 10 and up, mostly.

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VV17
Mar 21, 2016

This is another timeless classic with Charlton Heston! Families will not want to miss seeing this dramatic portrayal of a family during the time of Christ. This is a wonderful Easter film, but naturally, it can be enjoyed any time of the year.

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Mellick_0
Mar 20, 2016

It's epic, yes. However, its dialogue, acting, and plot don't hold up quite as well as its magnificent visuals.

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Love_Legolas_111
Dec 15, 2014

This movie is soooo good. Like seriously, you can't hate Heston. The original story is moving and wonderful. I still need to read the book but right now, I'm satisfied with the movie. Great storyline, interesting and deep. Love this one.

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rslade
Aug 20, 2014

The story is powerful enough to withstand the dated and melodramatic treatment and bad acting.

azzizz69 Jun 05, 2014

I believe this is the 1925 silent film starring Ramon Navarro, an not the Heston film. The title is listed as "Ben-Hur; A Tale of the Christ," which is the title of the 1920's version. This version is considered to be superior to the C. Heston film..

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Libraryman1_0
May 01, 2014

An epic on a grand grand scale. Charleton Heston in the best role he's played ,next to Moses. Highlight as has been said countless times, is the chariot race. Splendidly acted with a magnificent cast.

d2013 Apr 20, 2014

One of the greatest epic film ever!

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RonNasty64
Mar 27, 2014

Wow, my big screen is not big enough for this movie.

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Waynecomer47
Oct 08, 2013

Has Charlton Heston ever been sexier? I doubt it. Grand entertainment on a grand scale.

eeek867 Jul 30, 2013

A classic movie that I enjoy more each time I watch it.

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ManMachine
Jun 04, 2013

Sorry, folks. I know that Ben-Hur is considered to be an all-time classic, but, aside from the chariot race (which was magnificently executed), this dry-as-dust film pushed the boundaries of monotony just a little too far with its 3.5 hour running time._____ Yeah. It sure did. And I actually sat through 3.5 hours of one dragged out scene after another and waited and waited and waited (ho-hum) for something worthwhile to take place and it didn't._____ Ben-Hur was a literal biblical soap opera of epic proportions that seriously cried out for some major editing._____ Maybe back in 1959 this film's fabricated magic worked on its audience like a mesmerizing spell, but that isn't the case today. Considering that this film's tagline was "A Tale of The Christ", Ben-Hur turned out to be one of the most hollow and cheesy biblical stories ever captured on film._____ Personally, I think that Ben-Hur was unworthy of winning 11 Oscars. Particularly for "Best Picture". And, especially, for "Best Actor" which went to that total phoney-baloney dude, Charlton Heston.

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pemberely
Mar 21, 2013

I saw this movie and I knew it was special. Old movies aren't usually as grand and life changing as this. It's action packed and daring and revolutionary for the year it was made and the topicit revolves around. It made me want to cry--tells a passionate story about Jesus and the toil of aman who loses everything because he refused to betray his people. Powerful and utterly moving!!!!

EuSei Feb 22, 2012

What a wonderful movie, a masterpiece. Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston as Judah and Messala, respectively, exuded male charm, their presences filled the screen every time they appeared. The scenes with Christ are powerful, mystical. One specifically is of intense beauty: the Christ child in the humble stable is visited by the Wise Men; not a word was exchanged, yet the scene is impregnated with unpretentious beauty and its power is undeniable. No wonder this movie was the winner of 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. A must see.


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