Ben-Hur [Fiftieth Anniversary] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Ben-Hur [Fiftieth Anniversary] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Director: William Wyler Cast: Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
, Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins
, Stephen Boyd
Stephen Boyd
, Haya Harareet
Haya Harareet
William Wyler
Ben-Hur [Fiftieth Anniversary] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Ben-Hur [Fiftieth Anniversary] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Director: William Wyler Cast: Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
, Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins
, Stephen Boyd
Stephen Boyd
, Haya Harareet
Haya Harareet
William Wyler

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Overview

This 1959 version of Lew Wallace's best-selling novel, which had already seen screen versions in 1907 and 1926, went on to win 11 Academy Awards. Adapted by Karl Tunberg and a raft of uncredited writers including Gore Vidal and Maxwell Anderson, the film once more recounts the tale of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston), who lives in Judea with his family during the time that Jesus Christ was becoming known for his "radical" teachings. Ben-Hur's childhood friend Messala (Stephen Boyd) is now an ambitious Roman tribune; when Ben-Hur refuses to help Messala round up local dissidents on behalf of the emperor, Messala pounces on the first opportunity to exact revenge on his onetime friend. Tried on a trumped-up charge of attempting to kill the provincial governor (whose head was accidentally hit by a falling tile), Ben-Hur is condemned to the Roman galleys, while his mother (Martha Scott) and sister (Cathy O'Donnell) are imprisoned. But during a sea battle, Ben-Hur saves the life of commander Quintus Arrius (Jack Hawkins), who, in gratitude, adopts Ben-Hur as his son and gives him full control over his stable of racing horses. Ben-Hur never gives up trying to find his family or exact revenge on Messala. At crucial junctures in his life, he also crosses the path of Jesus, and each time he benefits from it. The highlight of the film's 212 minutes is its now-legendary chariot race, staged largely by stunt expert Yakima Canutt. Ben-Hur's Oscar haul included Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary William Wyler, Best Actor for Heston, and Best Supporting Actor for Welsh actor Hugh Griffith as an Arab sheik.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2012
UPC: 0883929209422
Original Release: 1959
Rating: G
Source: Warner Home Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Language: English
Time: 3:42:00
Sales rank: 2,397

Special Features

Commentary by Film Historian T. Gene Hatcher with Charlton Heston; Music-Only Track Showcasing Miklós Rózsa's Award-Winning Score; Theatrical Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Judas Ben-Hur
Jack Hawkins Quintus Arrius
Stephen Boyd Messala
Haya Harareet Esther
Martha Scott Miriam
Sam Jaffe Actor
Cathy O'Donnell Actor
Finlay Currie Actor
Frank Thring Actor
George Relph Actor
Marina Berti Actor
Hugh Griffith Actor
Terence Longdon Actor
Adi Berber Actor,Malluch
Claude Heater Actor
Jose Greci Actor
Richard Hale Actor
Dino Fazio Actor
Stella Vitelleschi Actor
Laurence Payne Actor
John Horsley Actor
Richard Coleman Actor
Duncan Lamont Actor
Ralph Truman Actor
Reginald Lal Singh Actor
David Davies Actor
Dervis Ward Actor
Mino Doro Actor
Robert Brown Actor,Actor
John Glenn Actor
Maxwell Shaw Actor
Emilio Carrer Actor,Rower No. 28
Tutte Lemkow Actor
Howard Lang Actor,Actor
Ferdy Mayne Actor,Captain of Rescue Ship
John Le Mesurier Actor
Aldo Mozele Actor
Thomas O'Leary Actor
Noel Sheldon Actor
Hector Ross Actor
Al Silvani Man in Nazareth
Bill Kuehl Actor
Aldo Silvani Actor
Diego Pozzetto Actor
Michael Cosmo Actor
Aldo Pial Actor
Remington Olmstead Actor
Victor De La Fosse Actor
Enzo Fiermonte Actor
Hugh Billingsley Actor
Tiberio Mitri Actor
Pietro Tordi Actor
Otello Capanna Actor
Luigi Marra Actor
Cliff Lyons Actor
Edward J. Auregul Actor
Joe Yrigoyen Actor
Alfredo Danesi Actor
Raimondo Van Riel Actor
Michael Dugan Actor
André Morell Sextus
Joe Canutt Actor
Les Ballets Africains Dancers at Roman Banquet
Karl Tunberg Actor
Carmen Hohenlohe Guest at Banquet
John Zaccaro Actor
Franco Fantasia Roman Soldier Who Brings Crown to Gratus
Fortunato Arena Soldier
Bruno Arie Roman Officer
Emma Baron Jewish Woman
Lando Buzzanca Jewish Slave in the Desert
Antonio Corevi Senator
Liana del Balzo Guest at Banquet
Giuliano Gemma Roman Officer with Messala
Miklós Rózsa Composer

Technical Credits
William Wyler Director
Karl Tunberg Screenwriter
Joseph Vogel Executive Producer,Producer
Sam Zimbalist Producer,Director
A. Arnold Gillespie Special Effects
Robert MacDonald Special Effects
Milo Lory Sound Effects
Umberto Dessena Special Effects
Bill Babcock Stunts
Sash Fisher Sound Effects
Lew Wallace Screenwriter,Screenwriter
Sol C. Siegel Executive Producer,Producer
Franklin Milton Sound Effects
William Steinkamp Sound Effects
Van Allen James Sound Effects
Maxwell Anderson Screenwriter
S.N. Behrman Screenwriter
Christopher Fry Screenwriter
Gore Vidal Screenwriter
J.J. Cohn Producer
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