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Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur
Very good
7.7
3,786
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Original title
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Year
1925
Running Time
143 min.
Country
 United States
Director
Fred Niblo
Screenwriter
Carey Wilson & June Mathis (Novel: Lew Wallace)
Music
Silent Movie
Cinematography
Clyde De Vinna, René Guissart, Percy Hilburn, Glenn Kershner, Karl Struss (B&W)
Cast
Ramon Novarro, May McAvoy, Francis X. Bushman, Betty Bronson, Kathleen Key, Claire McDowell, Janet Gaynor
Production Co.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Adventure | Roman Empire. Silent Film
Synopsis / Plot
Erstwhile childhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur and Messala meet again as adults, this time with Roman officer Messala as conqueror and Judah as a wealthy, though conquered, Israelite. A slip of a brick during a Roman parade causes Judah to be sent off as a galley slave, his property confiscated and his mother and sister imprisoned. Years later, as a result of his determination to stay alive and his willingness to aid his Roman master, Judah returns to his homeland an exalted and wealthy Roman athlete. Unable to find his mother and sister, and believing them dead, he can think of nothing else than revenge against Messala.
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