Directed by William Wyler
I was absolutely convinced I would hate this film. Heston is a pretty awful actor, there are heavy religious undertones, and the movie is almost four hours long. However, I was pleasantly surprised and this film is definitely worthy of its hype.
This is the story of Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince, who is betrayed and sent into slavery by his closest friend. Now, he's on a mission for REVENGE. Dah dah dah!
I love a good revenge story and this is certainly a great one. Of course, the most famous scene from this film is the chariot race. However, there were many scenes that I found way more memorable, such as the first time Ben-Hur sees his mother and sister again. I also enjoyed any scene between Heston and Stephen Boyd. I haven't seen that much sexual chemistry between two men since Top Gun.
Of course, I do have a couple grievances. The religious stuff in this film is completely unnecessary and felt tacked on. And, like I said, Heston is one of the hammiest actors of all time.
Still, a great, exciting movie that is well worth the length.
The cameras were too big to fit on the boat, so the crew had to cut the boat in half and use it as a soundstage.
Won 11 Academy Awards.
First movie remake to win Best Picture.
Chariot race scene: