Ben-Hur (1959) Rated TV-PG

A Jewish prince is sent into slavery by a Roman friend; once released, he comes back for revenge. Based on the book, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace. Starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, and Haya Harareet.

This film is one to remember; it has many points that make it an iconic, classic film. It was the largest film production back in 1959, with the set and costumes. The scenes, both in the galleys and the chariot scene, can’t be missed. Then you have the amazing and longest composed score from Miklós Rózsa. Not only is the film the most expensive film of its time but it became one of the highest-grossing films. The story is based on the life of a slave, but Jesus Christ’s life also intertwines throughout the film. The cinematography is one of the best, but the actors’ performances highlight the scenes even more. They pull you into the story and make you feel the torment that goes along with the lives they lead. The one downfall to the film is how long it is. I really wish they didn’t drag out the scenes, but I guess I’m a product of my time where I want things presented at a faster rate. This film is still worth a watch.

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