#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. At first they are happy to meet after a long time but their different politic views separate them. During the welcome parade a roof tile falls down from Judah’s house and injures the governor. Although Messala knows they are not guilty, he sends Judah to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. But Judah swears to come back and take revenge.
Plot: 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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What can be said about this film that hasnt already been said?
I could (justly) use every superlative known and it still does not cover just how amazing this film is. It is the essence of EPIC (and not just historical epic).
It is easy to see why it was not matched in the number of Oscars given for 50 years (and those ‘equals’ did not include any acting oscars and had more categories to choose from).
I first watched this as a kid and struggled to stay awake to see the end late at night. And despite it not having the spectacle of say the Ten Commandments, it became a favourite which I have watched over and over again.
I adore everything in this film – from the gritty stoic-ness of Heston’s acting and cockiness of Boyd’s, the fleshed out minor characters, the jaw-dropping sets, stirring score from Rozsa, the stunning costumes and of course to the incredible set pieces.
This is film perfection that does not feel like its (nearly) 4 hour run time.
Majestic in scope and story telling.
The truth is, is that Ben-Hur deserved every award that was showered upon it. It’s a titanic film both in structure and scope. It doesn’t need me to go over old ground about how much the film cost to make, the number of extras, the number of sets and etc, it’s now folklore that this film could have bankrupted MGM such was the investment, but they needn’t have worried since the film went on to make 40 million and still counting.
Every cent spent was worth it because it’s a magnificent film, the kind that you can get swept away with, the minute the overture starts you feel little tingles as the hairs on your arms stand up on end, you are aware that for over three hours director William Wyler and lead actor Charlton Heston are going to own you.
The story centres around Judah Ben-Hur (Heston) who through his staunch loyalty to the Jewish race falls out with his dear Roman friend Messala (Stephen Boyd). He is dispatched to be a slave in the galleys and swears revenge on Messala. After pirates attack the ship he is slaved on, he manages to escape and in the process he saves Roman Admiral Quintus Arrius (Jack Hawkins) and this sets Juda on his destiny to enact revenge on his old friend as Quintus makes him a citizen of Rome.
It sounds so simple yet it’s a story of the highest order because crucial to the film’s core strength is Judah’s encounters with Christ, and it’s only during the harsh and upsetting final reel that we realise the whole point of the film. There’s also strong themes involving family love and loyalty, friendships formed or broken under race and creed banners, and of course religious beliefs and all that comes with that kettle of fish…
It’s epic, it’s simply beautiful, it’s actually essential viewing for any serious cinema fan, the film’s set pieces are still wondrous even today. You will marvel at the chariot race (a stunning 20 minutes long), you will hoist the flag during the pirate attack, and if you have the emotion in you? You will be hit with sombre silence as Christ is crucified. Come the closing music I personally feel like clapping such is the appreciation I have for this truly wonderful film, if you haven’t seen it then make a point of doing so because everything that is great about cinema is right here. 10/10
Stunning Film That Was Worthy of 11 Oscars
“Ben-Hur” is a dominant Best Picture Oscar winner that is perhaps more impressive now than it was when it was first released in 1959. Charlton Heston (Oscar-winning) stars as a rich Jewish nobleman during the time of Jesus Christ who is turned into a slave by the Romans after a freak accident. Now he is manning an oar in a ship’s galley and his family is imprisoned. Years pass and now Heston is after the former childhood friend (Stephen Boyd), a Roman, that turned against him. The 17 minutes of footage for the chariot race is some of the best during the history of the cinema. Hugh Griffith won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar and William Wyler won his third and final Best Director Oscar. A monumental film that is great in every cinematic category known to man. 5 stars out of 5.
The firstand for a long time the finestfilm spectacular
With his distinctive visual style and a taste for solemn material, William Wyler was meticulously individualistic director, triple winner of the Best Picture Oscar… As a devoted artist, he showed visual clarity and sensitive portrayal of character, dignifying melodrama, epic and Westerns… His “Ben-Hur” is a semi-biblical adventure set in the First Century AD, during the life of Christ…
In “Ben-Hur,” Heston reaches the peak of his career winning an Oscar for his outstanding performance of Judah Ben-Hur…
Judah is a peaceful Jewish prince who stands the tyranny of Rome through the sadistic mind of Messala… Heston gives a spiritual performance of the title role… Judah is noble, aggressive, proud and warm… He is authentic, believing that his existence had a purpose, and that his God will free him to take revenge on his enemy… He is a man of terrific complexity and great courage and fortitude… From the land of Judea, to the galley of a Roman warship and to the Valley of the Lepers, Judah struggles for dignity and freedom… Judah’s spirit is nearly broken until a hand reaches toward him with a ladle of water…
Judah/Messala friendship is great, but their relationship, damaged for ideological differences, makes them become bitter enemies… Messala (Stephen Boyd) sees only a Roman world in the future… Judah believes in the future of his people…
Tribune Messala had the same attributes, the same traits of Judah, but inverted upside down ideologically… Messala is an ambitious autocratic commander, and a despot ruler, who wants Judea a more obedient and disciplined province…
Quintus Arrius (Jack Hawkins) realizes much about Judah’s character… After whipping his back, he told him: “You have the spirit to fight back but the good sense to control it. Your eyes are full of hate, forty-one. That’s good. Hates keeps a man alive. It gives him strength.” And that’s why Judah can be called more a survival than a hero…
Sheik Ilderim (Hugh Griffith), is the wealthy Arabian horse trainer, who needed a real man to race his strong and magnificent Arabian team…
Haya Harareet is the Jewish maiden who tenderly falls in love with Judah…
Sam Jaffe is Simonides, Judah’s loyal friend and keeper of the Hur fortune…
André Morell is Sextus, the pagan ruler whom Messala replaces…
With dramatic musical score, breathtaking sets and costumes, huge masses of people, a vigorous sea battle between Roman fleet and Macedonian pirates, a memorable and spectacular chariots race, this inspiring film is an unforgettable solid motion picture, more religious than “The Ten Commandments.”
Original Language en
Runtime 3 hr 32 min (212 min), 3 hr 39 min (219 min) (1970) (Sweden), 3 hr 44 min (224 min) (1962) (Sweden), 3 hr 42 min (222 min) (1993 re-release) (UK), 3 hr 34 min (214 min) (DVD), 3 hr 42 min (222 min) (2005 DVD)
Genre Adventure, Drama, History
Director William Wyler
Writer Lew Wallace, Karl Tunberg, Gore Vidal
Actors Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
Country United States
Awards Won 11 Oscars. 29 wins & 16 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 6-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.66 : 1 (super 8mm), 2.76 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.55 : 1 (35 mm prints)
Camera Mitchell Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor S.p.a., Roma, Italy
Film Length 6,100 m
Negative Format 65 mm (Eastman 25T 5248)
Cinematographic Process MGM Camera 65 (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 8 mm, 70 mm