G | | Adventure, Drama, History
After a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Stuntman Cliff Lyons worked as a stuntman/chariot driver in both this film and the original Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925).
You can break a man's skull, you can arrest him, you can throw him into a dungeon. But how do you control what's up here?
Sextus: How do you fight an idea?
When Ben-Hur is summoned to Arrius's quarters aboard the ship, the Consul's personal belongings in the background appear and disappear between shots.
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion is shown in a still-frame to appear looking peaceful at the beginning rather than roaring.
According to Leonard Maltin's 1987 "TV Movies Guide," the film was re-cut for later re-issues; this version runs 165 minutes. The complete, 212-minute film, however, is the version commonly seen in circulation today, and is available on DVD and airs on Turner Classic Movies.
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