Ben-Hur

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The winner of 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, Ben-Hur stands as one of the greatest Hollywood epics ever filmed.A member of the Jewish nobility living in Jerusalem, Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) lives a... read more
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The winner of 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, Ben-Hur stands as one of the greatest Hollywood epics ever filmed.A member of the Jewish nobility living in Jerusalem, Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) lives a religious life and peacefully opposes the tyrannical occupation of Judea by Rome. When a boyhood friend, Messala (Stephen Boyd), returns to the region as a Roman official, he and Judah become estranged due to Messala's fanatical loyalty to Rome and ruthless indifference to the fate of Judea. Casting friendship aside, Messala fabricates a charge of treason against Ben-Hur, his sister and mother, all of whom are arrested by Roman soldiers.​

Original Release

11/24/1959

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Cast

Charlton Heston Judah Ben-Hur
Jack Hawkins Quintus Arrius
Stephen Boyd Messala
Hugh Griffith Sheik Ilderim
Martha Scott Miriam
Haya Harareet Esther
Cathy O'Donnell Tirzah
Frank Thring Pontius Pilate
Sam Jaffe Simonides
Ady Berber Malluch
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

William Wyler

Writers

Gore Vidal, Maxwell Anderson, Karl Tunberg, Christopher Fry, S.N. Behrman, Lew Wallace

Cast

Charlton Heston Judah Ben-Hur
Jack Hawkins Quintus Arrius
Stephen Boyd Messala
Hugh Griffith Sheik Ilderim
Martha Scott Miriam
Haya Harareet Esther
Cathy O'Donnell Tirzah
Frank Thring Pontius Pilate
Sam Jaffe Simonides
Ady Berber Malluch
Finlay Currie Narrator
André Morell Sextus
Terence Longdon Drusus
Lando Buzzanca Jewish Slave in the Desert
Giuliano Gemma Roman Officer with Messala
Marina Berti Flavia
Robert Brown Chief of Rowers
Liana Del Balzo Guest at Banquet
Enzo Fiermonte Galley Officer
Richard Hale Gaspar

Producers

Sol C. Siegel Executive Producer
Joseph Vogel Executive Producer
Sam Zimbalist Producer
William Wyler Producer
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Joseph Vogel Producer

Editors

John D. Dunning, Ralph E. Winters, Margaret Booth

1960 Oscar Best Picture Won
1960 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Won
1960 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Won
1960 Oscar Best Director Won
1960 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Nominated
1960 Oscar Best Cinematography, Color Won
1960 Oscar Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color Won
1960 Oscar Best Costume Design, Color Won
1960 Oscar Best Sound Won
1960 Oscar Best Film Editing Won
1960 Oscar Best Effects, Special Effects Won
1960 Oscar Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Won
1960 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Won
1960 Golden Globe Best Director Won
1960 Golden Globe Best Actor - Drama Nominated
1960 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor Won
1960 Golden Globe Won
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