Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ


A Tale of the Christ


Tag line:

The World’s Most Honored Motion Picture

The Entertainment Experience of a Lifetime!

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (USA) (alternative title)

Runtime: 212 min / Sweden:219 min (1970) / Sweden:224 min (1962) / UK:222 min (1993 re-release) / 214 min (DVD edition)

Country: USA

Language: English

Color: Color (Technicolor)

Sound Mix: 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Certification: Argentina:Atp / Australia:G / Australia:PG (alternate rating) / Canada:G / Chile:TE / Finland:K-12 / France:U / Netherlands:AL / Norway:11 / Norway:12 (1959) / Peru:PT / Spain:T / Sweden:15 / UK:A (original rating) / UK:PG (video rating) (1988) / USA:Approved (original rating) / USA:G (re-rating) (1969) / West Germany:16 / Iceland:12


Plot & Rating

Plot Outline: When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Plot Summary for Ben-Hur (1959)

Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. At first they are happy to meet after a long time but their different politic views separate them. During the welcome parade a brick falls down from Judah’s house and barely misses the governor. Although Messala knows that they are not guilty he sends Judah to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. But Judah swears to come back and take revenge.


Genre: Action / Adventure / Drama / Romance

User Comments: Simply One Of The Best Film’s Made

User Rating: 8.1/10 (22,197 votes) top 250: #141

Awards: Won 11 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 4 nominations


About Jeremy Shih

Shanghai, Republic of China
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