Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur
Adventure
Drama, War
1959

Director: William Wyler Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O’Donnell, Sam Jaffe, Finlay Currie, Frank Thring, Terence Longdon, George Relph, André Morell

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Charlton Heston); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Hugh Griffith); Best Director (William Wyler); Best Cinematography, Colour; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Colour; Best Costume Design, Colour; Best Sound; Best Film Editing; Best Special Effects; Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Miklós Rózsa)

Also Nominated For: Best Adapted Screenplay (Karl Tunberg)

I First Saw In: c. 2010

Synopsis: When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Did You Know? With eleven awards, Ben-Hur set the record for the most Oscars won by a single film. No other film has surpassed it, though two have equaled it: Titanic in 1997 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003.

Quotables: TIBERIUS CAESAR: You are the people’s one true God. For now.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Ben-Hur is one of my all-time favourite films. This marks only the third time I’ve seen it, and I love it still. A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to see it on the big screen at a local theatre. I feel I should preface that I am not a remotely religious person; in fact, I consider myself to be atheist. But Ben-Hur is such an epic and powerful film. Seeing it on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen, was nothing short of breathtaking. They even had an intermission! So it made me feel like I was watching it when it was first released. It’s such a wonderfully beautiful film, with stunning and spectacular cinematography. Truly and unequivocally a masterpiece.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233