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- Running time
- 211 min.
- United States
Karl Tunberg (Novel: Lewis Wallace)
John Le Mesurier
Adventure. Drama | Epic film. Roman Empire. Slavery. Friendship. Religion. Revenge. Remake
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- Synopsis / Plot
- Anno Domini: the seventh year of Augustus Caesar's reign. In the Roman province of Judea, Jews return to the city of their birth for the census. A bright star in the night over Bethlehem marks the birth of Jesus Christ. Years later, Roman commander Messala (Stephen Boyd), who was brought up in Judea, takes command of the Roman garrison in Jerusalem. His Jewish boyhood friend Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) greets him. Messala is delighted. But when Judah refuses to name Jewish patriots, Messala sentences him to the slave galleys and imprisons his mother, Miriam (Martha Scott), and sister, Tirzah (Cathy O'Donnell). Judah vows revenge.
: 11 Academy Awards, including Movie, Director, Actor (Heston), Supp. Actor (Griffith)
: 3 Golden Globes, including Best Movie - Drama. 4 nominations
: BAFTA Awards: Best Movie
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film
: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films, Supporting Actor and Special Citation
: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actor (Heston) and Foreign Production
: Cannes Film Festival: Official Selection - Out of Competition
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