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christianity middle east based on novel or book 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 gay interest religion redemption judaism historical fiction period drama dungeon galley hatred sheikh sea battle jewish family galley slave false inprisonment childhood sweetheart salvation 1st century jesus christ judea subjugated people gay subtext


Release Date: November 18, 1959

Year    :   1959
Slogan    :   «The entertainment experience of a lifetime!»
Genres    :   Action, Drama, History
Production Companies    :   Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director    :   William Wyler
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
RunTime    :   222 mins.
Budget    :   15000000
Revenue    :   164000000

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...

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