1959 ***** 212 mins.
William Wyler's masterpiece from General Lew Wallace's novel is legendary in its scope and presentation. Charlton Heston's performance is classic. Words can't do justice to this marvelous motion picture. If all you know is the chariot sequence, give the film a viewing. It's a remarkably simple story, given the grandeur of the project. In the time of Jesus, Judah Ben-Hur also lived, and while the main story of the film is Judah's desire to seek vengeance on the old friend who turned against him, the presence of Jesus is never far away. Never watch an old full screen VHS of the film, like how I first saw the film. The fantastic 2.76:1 framing is completely ruined in full screen. I've also had the pleasure of seeing the film in a theatre, which heightens the spectacle even more.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.76:1 (MGM Camera 65)
Screen Play by
Based on the Novel by
General Lew Wallace