• G
  • 1959
  • 212 min
  • USA
  • adventure, drama, history

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler

Screenwriter: Karl Tunberg

Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet

Charlton Heston won 1960 Academy Awards Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

Uneven, but in terms of epic scope and grand spectacle, Ben-Hur still ranks among Hollywood's finest examples of pure entertainment.


  • William Wyler
    William Wyler

    William Wyler (July 1, 1902 - July 27, 1981) was a leading American motion picture director, producer, and screenwriter. Notable works included Ben-Hur (1959), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and

Main Cast


Producer: Sam Zimbalist, William Wyler

Editor: John D. Dunning, Ralph E. Winters

Casting: Irene Howard

Director Of Photography: Robert Surtees

Original Music Composer: Miklós Rózsa

Costume Design: Elizabeth Haffenden

Executive Producer: Sol C. Siegel

Production Design: Vittorio Valentini


Source: based on the novel by Lew Wallace

Tagline: A Tale of the Christ

Genres: adventure, drama, history

Certificate: G

Categories: roman empire, ancient rome, christianity, chariot race, leprosy, roman judea, false accusation, 1st century, victory parade, slavery, centurion, roman galley, epic, childhood friend, resurrection, pontius pilate character, tyranny, leper colony, revenge, jew, religion, catapult, blindness


Year: 1959

Runtime: 212 min

Country: USA

Language: English

Color: Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio: 2.66 : 1

Sound Mix: 6-Track Stereo


  • Bosley Crowther (New York Times)

    Mr. Wyler and his money-free producers have smartly and effectively laid stress on the powerful and meaningful personal conflicts that are strong in this old heroic tale. Full Review ...

  • Wesley Lovell (Cinema Sight)

    The kind of sweeping pseudo-biblical epic that Hollywood was famous for. If not for Heston's weak performance and Boyd's ludicrous one, the film might have been better.

  • James Berardinelli (ReelViews)

    Clocking in at three hours forty-two minutes, Ben-Hur overstays its welcome. Still, despite scenes that occasionally run too long, the movie doesn't start to drag until after the chariot race and many of the early scenes are engaging. Full Review ...

  • Martin Chilton (Daily Telegraph)

    Although it is a spectacle film, the story of how a man takes on the tyranny of the Romans, with all sorts of horrible consequences to himself and his family, is powerful and gripping. Full Review ...

  • Jack Harrison (Hollywood Reporter)

    William Wyler never lets spectacle and size interfere with the elemental passions and conflicts of his human story. The spectacular aspects emerge naturally from the story -- the time and place and the customs of the society in which the characters live. Full Review ...