Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.
The novel on which this film was based, "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ", was written by Lew Wallace, and originally published by Harper and Brothers on November 12, 1880. Initially only a modest success, its popularity eventually soared and it became the best-selling novel in American history, surpassing the previous holder of that title, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1852] by Harriet Beecher Stowe. "Ben-Hur" remained the best-selling novel in the United States until the publication of "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell. Following the release of Ben-Hur (1959), sales of Wallace's novel again soared, surpassing Mitchell's novel. "Ben Hur" has never been out of print and is now in the public domain. In 2016, a new version of the novel was written by Carol Wallace, the great-great-granddaughter of Lew Wallace.
I will ride you down - - wrench off your wheels - trample you into the sand! You shall race - to your death!
The saw Christ is using remains in the same spot, despite Him creating enough friction with the blade to cut deeper into the wood.
Nudity was often censored from the film. Shots of topless flower girls and the nude prisoner in the slave galley were deleted from a majority of prints that were in circulation before restoration of the picture began.
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