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Ben-Hur (1959)

William Wyler, 1959

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Lew Wallace, 1880

Ben-Hur is a movie directed by William Wyler in 1959 and based on the book Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace, first published in 1880. The movie features Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, and others.

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Audiobook cover of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the 1880 book by Lew Wallace.

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Read by: Firdous Bamji

Storyline

In 26 AD, Judah Ben-Hur is a wealthy Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem, living with his mother, Miriam and his sister, Tirzah. Although Messala knows this was an accident, he condemns Judah to the galleys and imprisons Miriam and Tirzah. Simonides confronts Messala and is also imprisoned.

Movie vs Book

Poster of Ben-Hur, the 1959 movie by William Wyler

Year

1959

Minutes

212

Movie Rate

8.10

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Movie

Ben-Hur

Country: USA

Year: 1959

Length: 3h32m

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Cover of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the 1880 book by Lew Wallace

Year

1880

Pages

620

Book Rate

8.06

S: Goodreads

Book

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Country: USA

First published in: 1880

Length: 620 pages

Genre: Fiction

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Other screen adaptations of the book

2010: Ben Hur (TV series by Steve Shill)
2016: Ben-Hur (movie by Timur Bekmambetov)

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