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.
Upon reading Karl Tunberg's original script, William Wyler had written in the margins "awful . . . horrible". Consequently, he brought in Gore Vidal--who was under contract to MGM at the time and hated it--to rewrite the screenplay. Vidal also thought that Tunberg's script was ... ...
Rower No. 42:
Forty-one, why did he do that?
Judah Ben-Hur: I don't know.
Judah Ben-Hur: Once before, a man helped me. I didn't know why then.
In the market scene following the argument between Messala and Judah, a person is heard saying in the background 'kidhar jaata hai bhai, kidhar jaata hai' which is Hindi for 'where are you going brother, where?'. Hindi language originated much later in the 17-18th century. However, this cannot be considered a goof since the entire film is spoken in a language (English) which didn't exist in the 1st century either.
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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