Ben-Hur (1959)

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  • Genre: History, Drama, Adventure, Action
  • Release Date: 1959-11-18
  • User Rating: 7.8/10 from 2650 ratings
  • Runtime: 3h 42min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: William Wyler
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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.

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  • Charlton Heston

    as Judah Ben-Hur
  • Stephen Boyd

    as Messala
  • Hugh Griffith

    as Scheich Ildirim
  • Jack Hawkins

    as Quintus Arrius
  • Haya Harareet

    as Esther
  • Martha Scott

    as Miriam
  • Cathy O'Donnell

    as Tirzah
  • Sam Jaffe

    as Simonides
  • Finlay Currie

    as Balthasar
  • Frank Thring

    as Pontius Pilatus
  • George Relph

    as Tiberius Caesar
  • André Morell

    as Sextus
  • Terence Longdon

    as Drusus
  • Ady Berber

    as Malluch
  • Lando Buzzanca

    as Jewish Slave in the Desert (uncredited)
  • Giuliano Gemma

    as Roman Officer with Messala (uncredited)
  • Marina Berti

    as Flavia (uncredited)
  • Robert Brown

    as Chief of Rowers (uncredited)
  • Liana Del Balzo

    as Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
  • Enzo Fiermonte

    as Galley Officer (uncredited)
  • Richard Hale

    as Gaspar (uncredited)
  • Duncan Lamont

    as Marius (uncredited)
  • John Le Mesurier

    as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Ferdy Mayne

    as Captain of Rescue Ship (uncredited)
  • May McAvoy

    as Woman in crowd (uncredited)
  • Aldo Silvani

    as Man in Nazareth (uncredited)
  • Ralph Truman

    as Aide to Tiberius (uncredited)
  • Claude Heater

    as Christ
  • Joe Canutt

    as Sportsman (uncredited)
  • Richard Coleman

    as Metellus (uncredited)
  • Antonio Corevi

    as Senator (uncredited)
  • David Davies

    as Quaestor (uncredited)
  • Mino Doro

    as Gratus (uncredited)
  • Michael Dugan

    as Seaman (uncredited)
  • Franco Fantasia

    as Roman Soldier Who Brings Crown to Gratus (uncredited)
  • José Greci

    as Mary (uncredited)
  • John Horsley

    as Spintho (uncredited)
  • Howard Lang

    as Hortator (uncredited)
  • Stevenson Lang

    as Blind Man (uncredited)
  • Tutte Lemkow

    as Leper (uncredited)
  • Cliff Lyons

    as The Lubian (uncredited)
  • Tiberio Mitri

    as Roman at Bath (uncredited)
  • Remington Olmsted

    as Decurian (uncredited)
  • Laurence Payne

    as Joseph (uncredited)
  • Aldo Pini

    as Bad Thief on Cross (uncredited)
  • Diego Pozzetto

    as Villager (uncredited)
  • Stella Rho

    as Amrah (uncredited)
  • Edwin Richfield

    as Supplier to Leper Colony (uncredited)
  • Hector Ross

    as Officer (uncredited)
  • Maxwell Shaw

    as Rower No. 43 (uncredited)
  • Gianni Solaro

    as Galley Officer (uncredited)
  • Pietro Tordi

    as Pilate's Servant (uncredited)
  • Raimondo Van Riel

    as Old Man (uncredited)
  • Dervis Ward

    as Jailer (uncredited)
  • Joe Yrigoyen

    as The Egyptian - Chariot Racer (uncredited)
  • Nazzareno Zamperla

    as Roman Soldier with a Bow on Galley (uncredited)
  • Jerry Brown

    as The Corinthian (uncredited)
  • Eddie Jauregui

    as The Athenian (uncredited)
  • Gianni Di Segni

    as Galley Guard on Ship (uncredited)
  • Armando Fracassi

    as Arab (uncredited)
  • Osiride Pevarello

    as (uncredited)
  • Renzo Pevarello

    as (uncredited)
  • Amerigo Santarelli

    as Rower (uncredited)
  • Artemio Antonini

    as Galley Guard on Ship (uncredited)
  • Aldo Cecconi

    as Galley Guard on Ship (uncredited)
  • Mario Meniconi

    as Crucifixion March Guard (uncredited)
  • Terzo Monachesi

    as Nobleman at the Chariot Race (uncredited)
  • Giorgio Ubaldi

    as Rower (uncredited)
Costume & Make-Up Elizabeth Haffenden Costume Design
Editing Ralph E. Winters Editor
Production Sam Zimbalist Producer
Art Edward C. Carfagno Art Direction
Sound Miklós Rózsa Original Music Composer
Directing William Wyler Director
Art William A. Horning Art Direction
Production Edward Woehler Unit Production Manager
Writing Karl Tunberg Screenplay
Camera Robert Surtees Director of Photography
Art Hugh Hunt Set Decoration
Editing John D. Dunning Editor
Costume & Make-Up Charles E. Parker Makeup Artist
Directing Alberto Cardone Assistant Director
Writing Lew Wallace Novel
Camera Piero Portalupi Additional Photography
Camera Harold E. Wellman Additional Photography
Sound Franklin Milton Recording Supervision
Directing Sergio Leone Second Unit Director
Sound William Steinkamp Sound Recordist
Sound Sash Fisher Sound Recordist
Costume & Make-Up Gabriella Borzelli Hairstylist
Crew A. Arnold Gillespie Special Effects
Crew Robert R. Hoag Special Effects
Crew Lee LeBlanc Special Effects