Ben-Hur

(1959)

Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. At first they are happy to meet after a long time but their different politic views separate them. During the welcome parade a brick falls down from Judah's house and barely misses the governor. Although Messala knows that they are not guilty he sends Judah to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. But Judah swears to come back and take revenge.

‘Ben-Hur’ Remake in Development at MGM Studios

‘Ben-Hur’ Remake in Development at MGM Studios

After nearly folding due to bankruptcy just a few years ago, MGM Studios is back and better than ever, after the success of Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The studio is gearing up to take on what may be their most ambitious project yet, a remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur.

The studio has acquired a spec screenplay by Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back), which is much more faithful to the 1880 novel by Lew Wallace. While director William Wyler's Ben-Hur focused on the feud between Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and Messalla (Stephen Boyd), this film will explore the characters' formative years, growing up as best friends before the Roman Empire conquered Jerusalem.

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Those movies are HD versions of The Last Samurai, Phantom of the Opera and Serenity. More movies will become available in the new format in the coming weeks.

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T. Gene Hatcher Sets the Record Straight On the ‘Ben-Hur’ Commentary Tracks

In my review of William Wyler's epic Ben-Hur, I hypothesized that on the commentary track provided by Charlton Heston and Film Historian T. Gene Hatcher, it sounded like they had been cut together from two different viewings of the movie and not done at the same time as the DVD seemed to suggest.

Ben-Hur was released November 18th, 1959.

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