Friday, April 20, 2012

Ben-Hur


Ben-Hur (50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition)

#72 (1998) and #100 (2007) on the AFI Top 100 American Movies List.

Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic film directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith and Haya Harareet. It won a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Adapted from Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the screenplay is credited to Karl Tunberg but includes contributions from Maxwell Anderson, S. N. Behrman, Gore Vidal, and Christopher Fry. The motion picture was the most expensive ever made at the time, and its sets were the largest yet built for a film. The film contains a nine-minute chariot race which has become one of the most famous sequences in cinema. The score composed by Miklós Rózsa was highly influential on cinema for more than 15 years, and is the longest ever composed for a motion picture.

* Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur
* Stephen Boyd as Messala
* Martha Scott as Miriam
* Cathy O'Donnell as Tirzah Bat-Hur
* Haya Harareet as Esther Bat-Simonides
* Sam Jaffe as Simonides
* Jack Hawkins as Quintus Arrius
* Hugh Griffith as Sheik Ilderim
* Claude Heater (uncredited) as Jesus Christ
* Finlay Currie as Balthasar/Narrator

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