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Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler , produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston as the title character. A remake of the 1925 silent film with the same title , Ben-Hur was adapted from Lew Wallace 's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ . The screenplay is credited to Karl Tunberg , but includes contributions from Maxwell Anderson , S. N. Behrman , Gore Vidal , and Christopher Fry .

During the parade for the new governor of Judea , Valerius Gratus , loose tiles fall from the roof of Judah's house. Gratus is thrown from his spooked horse and nearly killed. Although Messala knows this was an accident, he condemns Judah to the galleys and imprisons Miriam and Tirzah. By punishing a known friend and prominent citizen, he hopes to intimidate the Jewish populace. Judah swears to take revenge.

Arrius successfully petitions Emperor Tiberius ( George Relph ) to free Judah, and adopts him as his son . Another year passes. Wealthy again, Judah learns Roman ways and becomes a champion charioteer, but still longs for his family and homeland.

Bear with Ben-Hur . At first, the new adaptation of Lew Wallace’s New Testament soap opera seems impersonal, as dusty and ornamented as any movie in which robed Jews and Romans argue about gods and kings in accents of vaguely British origin. But wait, because there will come a moment when the hero is accused of conspiracy and sentenced to row a warship as a slave—at which point the movie jumps forward five years, into a terrifically grotesque galley sequence, with Jack Huston’s Judah Ben-Hur abruptly transformed from a princely non-entity into a long-haired, dirt-seamed wild man of vengeance, his voice permanently hoarse.

From the galley slaves’ point of view (which is all this Ben-Hur shows), the Roman trireme is an insane war machine, where orders to row are repeated from above even as arrows zip through the oar-holes and hot tar drips from the deck, until an armored ship’s bow with a screaming prisoner tied to the front rams through the hull. Suddenly, Ben-Hur is in the water, shackled to a hundred drowning oarsmen by a single chain—and then he’s washed up, reborn on the beach, surrounded by the white Arabian horses that will lead him in the climactic chariot race, where he will have his revenge.

Wallace’s Ben-Hur is hardly a great work of literature, and every adaptation has struggled with its central rivalry; the extent of the homoerotic subtext in William Wyler’s definitive 1959 film version is debatable, but it’s the only reading under which Messala’s betrayal of Ben-Hur makes any sense in that film. In the new version, Messala goes away to war to prove himself (in a montage that indulges Bekmambetov’s taste for grungy sword-and-shield combat), returning as a paranoid and emotionally remote gung-ho Roman who doesn’t think twice about condemning the family who raised him after a would-be assassin fires an arrow from their balcony.

Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler , produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston as the title character. A remake of the 1925 silent film with the same title , Ben-Hur was adapted from Lew Wallace 's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ . The screenplay is credited to Karl Tunberg , but includes contributions from Maxwell Anderson , S. N. Behrman , Gore Vidal , and Christopher Fry .

During the parade for the new governor of Judea , Valerius Gratus , loose tiles fall from the roof of Judah's house. Gratus is thrown from his spooked horse and nearly killed. Although Messala knows this was an accident, he condemns Judah to the galleys and imprisons Miriam and Tirzah. By punishing a known friend and prominent citizen, he hopes to intimidate the Jewish populace. Judah swears to take revenge.

Arrius successfully petitions Emperor Tiberius ( George Relph ) to free Judah, and adopts him as his son . Another year passes. Wealthy again, Judah learns Roman ways and becomes a champion charioteer, but still longs for his family and homeland.

Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler , produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston as the title character. A remake of the 1925 silent film with the same title , Ben-Hur was adapted from Lew Wallace 's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ . The screenplay is credited to Karl Tunberg , but includes contributions from Maxwell Anderson , S. N. Behrman , Gore Vidal , and Christopher Fry .

During the parade for the new governor of Judea , Valerius Gratus , loose tiles fall from the roof of Judah's house. Gratus is thrown from his spooked horse and nearly killed. Although Messala knows this was an accident, he condemns Judah to the galleys and imprisons Miriam and Tirzah. By punishing a known friend and prominent citizen, he hopes to intimidate the Jewish populace. Judah swears to take revenge.

Arrius successfully petitions Emperor Tiberius ( George Relph ) to free Judah, and adopts him as his son . Another year passes. Wealthy again, Judah learns Roman ways and becomes a champion charioteer, but still longs for his family and homeland.

Bear with Ben-Hur . At first, the new adaptation of Lew Wallace’s New Testament soap opera seems impersonal, as dusty and ornamented as any movie in which robed Jews and Romans argue about gods and kings in accents of vaguely British origin. But wait, because there will come a moment when the hero is accused of conspiracy and sentenced to row a warship as a slave—at which point the movie jumps forward five years, into a terrifically grotesque galley sequence, with Jack Huston’s Judah Ben-Hur abruptly transformed from a princely non-entity into a long-haired, dirt-seamed wild man of vengeance, his voice permanently hoarse.

From the galley slaves’ point of view (which is all this Ben-Hur shows), the Roman trireme is an insane war machine, where orders to row are repeated from above even as arrows zip through the oar-holes and hot tar drips from the deck, until an armored ship’s bow with a screaming prisoner tied to the front rams through the hull. Suddenly, Ben-Hur is in the water, shackled to a hundred drowning oarsmen by a single chain—and then he’s washed up, reborn on the beach, surrounded by the white Arabian horses that will lead him in the climactic chariot race, where he will have his revenge.

Wallace’s Ben-Hur is hardly a great work of literature, and every adaptation has struggled with its central rivalry; the extent of the homoerotic subtext in William Wyler’s definitive 1959 film version is debatable, but it’s the only reading under which Messala’s betrayal of Ben-Hur makes any sense in that film. In the new version, Messala goes away to war to prove himself (in a montage that indulges Bekmambetov’s taste for grungy sword-and-shield combat), returning as a paranoid and emotionally remote gung-ho Roman who doesn’t think twice about condemning the family who raised him after a would-be assassin fires an arrow from their balcony.

In this adaptation of Lew Wallace 's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ (previously brought to the screen in 1925 and 1959), a Jewish prince ( Jack Huston ) spends years toiling in slavery after an old friend, now an officer in the Roman army occupying Jerusalem ( Toby Kebbell ), falsely accuses him of a crime. In time, he... more

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