G | | Adventure, Drama, History
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
MGM offered Universal 750,000 dollars for the loan-out of its contract star Rock Hudson. Hudson seriously considered accepting the part until his agent explained to him that the film's gay subtext was too much of a risk to his career.
Why did you tell me they were dead?
Esther: It was what they wanted. Judah, I must not betray this faith. Will you do this for them?
Judah Ben-Hur: Not to see them?
Esther: They are coming... Judah! Judah, love them in the way they most need to be loved: not to look at them! ...
Christ is always seen from the back, but when He is condemned to death He is facing Pilate and His face is obscured by a shadow added optically in post production when William Wyler determined that actor Claude Heater's face was too clearly seen, even at a distance.
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion is shown in a still-frame to appear looking peaceful at the beginning rather than roaring.
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