Ben-Hur (1959) is MGM's three and a half hour, wide-screen epic Technicolor blockbuster - a Biblical tale, subtitled A Tale of the Christ.

Ben Hur 1959 (Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd) When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

William Wyler's 'Ben Hur', 1959 - Charlton Heston stars as Judah Ben Hur, a wealthy Jewish prince in Jersalem. Early on, he welcomes back Messala (Stephen Boyd) an old friend who's the new commander of the Roman Legion. They find they have divergent political views. When the governor is accidentally injured by a loose tile in front of Judah's home; Messala sends Ben Hur to the galley's. Judah's saga begins. . .

Frank Thring as Pontius Pilate places a victory crown on Charlton Heston in epic, "Ben-Hur," the winner of 11 Oscars; a record number of wins that has yet to be eclipsed.

Charlton Heston as BEN-HUR- The story of Ben-Hur taught me no matter how far you stray away from God, he will always be waiting for you to return.

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Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the century.

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still from 'Ben-Hur', by William Wyler. Although better known for Moses in The Ten Commandments, Heston won best actor for his role as Judah Ben-Hur.

Ben-Hur behind the scenes photo of William Wyler, Charlton Heston & Stephen Boyd


The harrowing work done behind the scenes of Ben-Hur; William Wyler and camera man Robert Surtees racing ahead of the charioteers in their reinforced truck with an MGM Camera 65 mounted to its bumper.