Ben-Hur
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1959
Director: William Wyler
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 012569-550629
Running time: 3:43 (223 Min.)
Casetype: Snapper
Format: NTSC, Anamorphic Widescreen 2.76:1
DVD-Format: Double-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: March 13, 2001
Collection type: Owned (#205)
Status: Available
Purchase date: May 15, 2001
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 10 / 10
Review (video): 0 / 10
Overview
The numbers speak volumes: 100,000 costumes, 8,000 extras, 300 sets and a staggering budget in its day the largest in movie history. Ben-Hur's creators made it the best, the greatest Biblical-era epic ever.

Charlton Heston brings a muscular physical and moral presence to the role of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, a bold escape from an embattled slave galley, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Heston's charismatic performance brought him the Best Actor Oscar®; the winner as 1959's Best Picture with the legendary William Wyler earning his third Best Director trophy, the film won a total 11 Academy Awards®* – a tally unequaled until 1997's Titanic set sail.

*Other Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Griffith), Color Art Direction/Set Decoration, Color Cinematography, Color Costume Design, Film Editing, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Miklos Rozsa), Sound and Special Effects
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Genres
Drama
Classic
Studios
Production Studios:
 • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Media Companies:
 • Warner Home Video
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 5.1
French  Dolby Digital Surround
Commentary  Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles
English
French
Portuguese
Spanish
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature (Part 1), Main Feature (Part 2)
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Feature Trailers
 • Featurettes
 • Commentary
 • Gallery
 • Production Notes/Bios
 • Closed Captioned
 • Screen Tests
Crew
Direction
William Wyler....Director
Writing
General Lew Wallace....Original Material By
Karl Tunberg....Screenwriter
Production
Sam Zimbalist....Producer
Cinematography
Robert L. Surtees....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Ralph E. Winters....Film Editor
John D. Dunning....Film Editor
Music
Miklos Rozsa....Composer
Sound
Franklin Milton....Sound
Sash Fisher....Sound
William Steinkamp....Sound
Art
William A. Horning....Art Director
Edward Carfagno....Art Director
Lee LeBlanc....Visual Effects
Robert R. Hoag....Visual Effects
Charles Parker....Make-up Artist
Elizabeth Haffenden....Costume Designer
Cast
Charlton Heston....Judah Ben-Hur
Jack Hawkins....Quintus Arrius
Haya Harareet....Esther
Stephen Boyd....Messala
Hugh Griffith....Sheik Ilderim
Martha Scott....Miriam
Cathy O'Donnell....Tirzah
Sam Jaffe....Simonides
Finlay Currie....Balthasar
Frank Thring....Pontius Pilate
Terence Longdon....Drusus
George Relph....Tiberius
André Morell....Sextus
Edward J. Auregui....The Athenian (uncredited)
Adi Berber....Malluch (uncredited)
Marina Berti....Flavia (uncredited)
Hugh Billingsley....Mario (uncredited)
Jerry Brown....The Corinthian (uncredited)
Robert Brown....Chief of Rowers (uncredited)
Joe Canutt....Sportsman (uncredited)
Otello Capanna....The Byzantine (uncredited)
Emile Carrer....Rower No. 28 (uncredited)
Richard Coleman....Metellus (uncredited)
Michael Cosmo....Raimondo (uncredited)
Alfredo Danesi....The Armenian (uncredited)
David Davies....Quaestor (uncredited)
Victor De La Fosse....Galley Officer No. 1 (uncredited)
Mino Doro....Gratus (uncredited)
Mike Dugan....Seaman (uncredited)
Dino Fazio....Marcello (uncredited)
Enzo Fiermonte....Galley Officer No. 2 (uncredited)
John Glenn....Rower No. 42 (uncredited)
José Greci....Mary (uncredited)
Richard Hale....Gaspar (uncredited)
Claude Heater....The Christ (uncredited)
John Horsley....Spintho (uncredited)
Bill Kuehl....Soldier (uncredited)
Duncan Lamont....Marius (uncredited)
Howard Lang....Hortator (uncredited)
Stevenson Lang....Blind Man (uncredited)
John Le Mesurier....Doctor (uncredited)
Tutte Lemkow....Leper (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons....The Lubion (uncredited)
Luigi Marra....The Syrian (uncredited)
Ferdy Mayne....Captain, Rescue Ship (uncredited)
Tiberio Mitri....Roman at Bath (uncredited)
Aldo Mozele....Barca (uncredited)
Thomas O'Leary....Starter at Race (uncredited)
Remington Olmstead....Decurian (uncredited)
Laurence Payne....Joseph (uncredited)
Aldo Pini....Calvary Officer (uncredited)
Diego Pozzetto....Villager (uncredited)
Hector Ross....Officer (uncredited)
Maxwell Shaw....Rower No. 43 (uncredited)
Noel Sheldon....Centurion (uncredited)
Aldo Silvani....Man in Nazareth (uncredited)
Reginald Lal Singh....Melchior (uncredited)
Pietro Tordi....Pilate's Servant (uncredited)
Ralph Truman....Aide to Tiberius (uncredited)
Raimondo Van Riel....Old Man (uncredited)
Stella Vitelleschi....Amrah (uncredited)
Dervis Ward....Jailer (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen....The Egyptian (uncredited)