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.
The desert sequences were all set to be filmed in Libya until authorities in the country--a Muslim nation--realized that the film was promoting Christianity. The government ordered MGM out of the country, forcing the studio to shift filming to Spain... ...
May God grant me vengeance! I will pray that you live until I return!
After Judah Ben-Hur and Messala are reunited and Messala throws his spear into the cross-beams the body of the spear is shown wiggling vertically. After the next edit, it is seen wiggling horizontally.
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion is shown in a still-frame to appear looking peaceful at the beginning rather than roaring.