About the film
christianity middle east roman empire jewish life jew persecution miracle roman prince chariot race leprosy jerusalem, israel ancient rome governor politics epic love friends remake revenge religious conversion religion redemption judaism historical fiction violence period drama dungeon galley hatred sheikh sea battle jewish family galley slave false inprisonment childhood sweetheart salvation 1st century jesus christ judea subjugated people
Release Date: December 26, 1959
|Slogan||:||«The entertainment experience of a lifetime.»|
|Genres||:||Drama, Action, History|
|Producers||:||Irene Howard, William Wyler, Sam Zimbalist, Edward Woehler, Sol C. Siegel, J.J. Cohn, Henry Henigson|
|Writers||:||Harold Michelson, Lew Wallace, Karl Tunberg, Gore Vidal|
In 25 AD,Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of trying to kill the Roman governor, he is put into slavery and his mother and sister are taken away as prisoners. Three years later and freed by a grateful Roman galley commander whom he has rescued from drowning, he becomes an expert charioteer for Rome, all the while plotting to return to Judea, find and rescue his family, and avenge himself on his former friend. All the while, the form and work of Jesus move in the background of his life...