A Tale of Christ

DVD - 2012
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Experience the visual splendor, thundering action, and towering drama of the record-setting winner of eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Charlton Heston brings a muscular physical and moral presence to his role of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race, and a fateful encounter with Jesus Christ.


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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.

Dec 04, 2020

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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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Feb 07, 2016

Messala: You are either for me, or against me.

Judah: If that is the choice, I am against you

Laura_X May 29, 2015

Now listen to me, all of you. You are all condemned men. We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well, and live.


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