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BEN HUR(1959)


Wow! It's probably been 30 years since I've seen this,
but it is a true classic!


From a reviewer at Amazon.com:

Ben-Hur scooped an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards
in 1959 and, unlike some later rivals, richly deserved every
single one. This is epic filmmaking on a scale that had not
been seen before and is unlikely ever to be seen again. But
it's not just running time or a cast of thousands that makes
an epic, it's the subject matter, and here the subject--Prince
Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and his estrangement from
old Roman pal Messala (Stephen Boyd)--is rich, detailed, and
sensitively handled. Director William Wyler, who had been a
junior assistant on MGM's original silent version back in 1925,
never sacrifices the human focus of the story in favor of
spectacle, and is aided immeasurably by Miklos Rozsa's
majestic musical score, arguably the greatest ever written
for a Hollywood picture. At four hours it's a long haul (especially
given some of the portentous dialogue), but all in all, Ben-Hur
is a great movie, best seen on the biggest screen
possible. --Mark Walker


Cast:

Charlton Heston ... Judah Ben-Hur
Jack Hawkins ... Quintus Arrius
Haya Harareet ... Esther
Stephen Boyd ... Messala
Hugh Griffith ... Sheik Ilderim
Martha Scott ... Miriam
Cathy O'Donnell ... Tirzah
Sam Jaffe ... Simonides
Finlay Currie ... Balthasar / Narrator
Frank Thring ... Pontius Pilate
Terence Longdon ... Drusus
George Relph ... Tiberius Caesar
Andre Morell ... Sextus


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