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1,961 Ratings


Directed by William Wyler
United States, 1959
Drama, History, Adventure


Spectacular epic unfolded during the early Christian era – the story of enmity between a noble young Jew and the ruthless commander of a Roman garrison in a period covering the Birth and Crucifixion of Christ.

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Ben-Hur Directed by William Wyler

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1960 | 11 wins including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1960 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

Critics reviews

Seen on a big screen, DCP or no, in “real time” (i.e. about four hours with intermission), a viewer can appreciate and revel in BEN-HUR’s truly mammoth scope, hordes of actual people and costumes and props filling vast landscapes. But, crucially, it’s also easier to admire Wyler’s sensitivity and restraint in the dialog scenes, a necessary counterpoint to all that pomp and circumstance.
March 27, 2015
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