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Ben-Hur (1959)


Adventure/Drama · 3h 32m · 11/18/1959

A Tale of the Christ


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.






United States

Production Company

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)





Where to Watch


Charlton Heston

Judah Ben-Hur

Jack Hawkins

Quintus Arrius

Haya Harareet


Stephen Boyd


Hugh Griffith

Sheik Ilderim

Martha Scott


Cathy O'Donnell


Sam Jaffe


Finlay Currie

Balthasar / Narrator

Frank Thring

Pontius Pilate

Terence Longdon


George Relph

Tiberius Caesar

André Morell


Fortunato Arena

Soldier (uncredited)

Bruno Ariè

Roman Officer (uncredited)

Les Ballets Africains

Dancers at Roman Banquet (uncredited)

Emma Baron

Jewish Woman (uncredited)

Ady Berber

Malluch (uncredited)

Marina Berti

Flavia (uncredited)

Hugh Billingsley

Mario (uncredited)

Jerry Brown

The Corinthian (uncredited)

Robert Brown

Chief of Rowers (uncredited)

Lando Buzzanca

Jewish Slave in the Desert (uncredited)

Joe Canutt

Sportsman (uncredited)

Otello Capanna

The Byzantine (uncredited)

Emile Carrer

Rower No. 28 (uncredited)

Richard Coleman

Metellus (uncredited)

Antonio Corevi

Senator (uncredited)

Michael Cosmo

Raimondo (uncredited)

Alfredo Danesi

The Armenian (uncredited)

David Davies

Quaestor (uncredited)

Carmen de Hohenlohe

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)

Victor De La Fosse

Galley Officer (uncredited)

Liana Del Balzo

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)

Mino Doro

Gratus (uncredited)

Michael Dugan

Seaman (uncredited)

Franco Fantasia

Roman Soldier Who Brings Crown to Gratus (uncredited)

Dino Fazio

Marcello (uncredited)

Enzo Fiermonte

Galley Officer (uncredited)

Bob Folkerson

Chariot Racer (uncredited)

Giuliano Gemma

Roman Officer with Messala (uncredited)

John Glenn

Rower No. 42 (uncredited)

José Greci

Mary (uncredited)

Richard Hale

Gaspar (uncredited)

Claude Heater

Jesus - The Christ (uncredited)

Prince Hohenlohe

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)

John Horsley

Spintho (uncredited)

Eddie Juaregui

The Athenian (uncredited)

William Kiehl

Soldier (uncredited)

Duncan Lamont

Marius (uncredited)

Howard Lang

Hortator (uncredited)

John Le Mesurier

Doctor (uncredited)

Tutte Lemkow

Leper (uncredited)

Cliff Lyons

The Lubian (uncredited)

Luigi Marra

The Syrian (uncredited)

Ferdy Mayne

Captain of Rescue Ship (uncredited)

May McAvoy

Woman in Crowd (uncredited)

Nona Medici

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)

Furio Meniconi

Soldier (uncredited)

Tiberio Mitri

Roman at Bath (uncredited)

Aldo Mozele

Barca (uncredited)

Thomas O'Leary

Starter at Race (uncredited)

Remington Olmsted

Decurian (uncredited)

Laurence Payne

Joseph (uncredited)

Aldo Pial

Cavalry Officer (uncredited)

Vladimiro Picciafuochi

Soldier (uncredited)

Aldo Pini

Bad Thief on Cross (uncredited)

Ferdinando Poggi

Soldier (uncredited)

Diego Pozzetto

Villager (uncredited)

Prince Raimondo

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)

Stella Rho

Amrah (uncredited)

Edwin Richfield

Supplier to Leper Colony (uncredited)

Mario Rivoltella

Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Hector Ross

Officer (uncredited)

Emanuele Ruspoli

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)

Amerigo Santarelli

Rower (uncredited)

Maxwell Shaw

Rower No. 43 (uncredited)

Noel Sheldon

Centurion (uncredited)

Aldo Silvani

Man in Nazareth (uncredited)

Umberto Silvestri

Guard on ship (uncredited)

Reginald Lal Singh

Melchior (uncredited)

Gianni Solaro

Galley Officer (uncredited)

John Stevenson Lang

Blind Man (uncredited)

Alfred Thomas

Oarsman (uncredited)

Pietro Tordi

Pilate's Servant (uncredited)

Giuseppe Tosi

Chariot Driver (uncredited)

Ralph Truman

Aide to Tiberius (uncredited)

Raimondo Van Riel

Old Man (uncredited)

Venantino Venantini

Palefrenier de la course de chars (uncredited)

Dervis Ward

Jailer (uncredited)

Irina Wassilchikoff

Guest at Banquet (uncredited)

Joe Yrigoyen

The Egyptian - Chariot Racer (uncredited)

Nazzareno Zamperla

Roman Soldier with a Bow on Galley (uncredited)

William Wyler


Karl Tunberg


John D. Dunning


Ralph E. Winters


Miklós Rózsa


Sam Zimbalist


Robert Surtees

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