The numbers speak volumes: 100,000 costumes, 8,000 extras, 300 sets and a staggering budget in its day the largest in movie history. Ben-Hur's creators made it the best, the greatest Biblical-era epic ever. Charlton Heston brings a muscular physical and moral presence to the role of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, a bold escape from an embattled slave galley, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Heston's charismatic performance brought him the Best Actor Oscar; the winner as 1959's Best Picture with the legendary William Wyler earning his third Best Director trophy, the film won a total 11 Academy Awards- a tally unequaled until 1997's Titanic set sail.
- Behind-The-Scenes Documentary Ben-Hur:The Making of an Epic (58 minutes)
- Screen Tests
- Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Charlton Heston
- Photo Gallery
- Interactive Menus
Release Date: 05 November 2001
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Running Time: 213 minutes
Production Year: 1959
Main Language: English
Major-General Lew Wallace's famous story.
Written in 1880 and originally titled; Ben-Hur: A tale of the Christ. This is a favourite movie of mine. Don't be put off by the 213 minutes run time, it's several stories one after the other so there isn't time to get bored. Incidentally, it won 11 Oscars in 1959.