Directed by: William Wyler
Starring: Charlton Heston, Haya Harareet, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Continuity mistake: Ben-Hur places his crown on a table when he visits the fallen Messala, but upon returning the table and crown are gone.
Revealing mistake: During the chariot race, where the contestants are riding towards the screen, tyre tracks from the camera vehicle are clearly visible imprinted in the sand.
Revealing mistake: When one of the ships collides with the other, you can clearly see that the rowers being hit are dummies.
Trivia: The spectator crowd in the chariot race scene was partially made up of small wood models.
Trivia: Although Martha Scott plays Charlton Heston's mother in this film, she was only ten years his senior.
Trivia: The 'Greek chariot' Mesalla uses in the race is based on the Persian scythed chariots which Darius III attempted to use against Alexander the Great's troops at the battle of Gaugamela, though with only insignificant success.
Quintus Arrius: Your eyes are full of hate, forty-one. That's good. Hate keeps a man alive. It gives him strength.
Quintus Arrius: Now listen to me, all of you. You are all condemned men. We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well, and live.
Judah Ben-Hur: If you were not a bride, I would kiss you goodbye. Esther: If I were not a bride, there would be no goodbyes to be said.
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