Film Details



BEN-HUR
Release Date: 1959
Duration (in mins): 212
Cast:
Charlton Heston (Judah Ben-Hur, also known as No. 41 and Young Quintus Arrius)
Jack Hawkins (Quintus Arrius)
Haya Harareet (Esther)
Stephen Boyd (Messala)
Hugh Griffith (Sheik Ilderim)
Director:
William Wyler (Dir)
Andrew Marton (2d unit dir)
Writer:
Karl Tunberg (Scr)
Christopher Fry (Contr wrt)
Producer:
Joseph R. Vogel (Exec prod)
Sol C. Siegel (Exec prod)
Distribution
Company:
Loew's Inc.
Production
Company:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Summary:
During the reign of the emperor Tiberius, the Roman officer Messala arrives in Jerusalem as the new Tribune, head of the Roman garrison. Having spent much of his boyhood in Jerusalem while his father was provincial governor of Judea, Messala became close friends with Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince from a rich and influential family. On the night of his return, Messala is visited by Judah, and the two men warmly reminisce about happy times of their boyhood. Messala tells Judah that the emperor wa...