Overall Rank: 2062
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 24
Theatrical Release Date: 12/30/1925
Genre: Adventure, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Fred Niblo
Actors: Ramon Novarro, May McAvoy, Francis X. Bushman, Claire McDowell, Nigel De Brulier
Plot: Two childhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur and Massala grow into a wealthy (though conquered) Israelite and a Roman officer. But an accident during a Roman parade causes that friendship to rift as Ben-hur is sent away a slave his fortune and family gone. Rising through the ranks he vows revenge on Massala. -- Chris Kavan
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/04/2011
The story is probably well-known, mostly because of the 1959 version, but, in my opinion, this film packs more of an emotional punch and is truer to the book. It is the most expensive silent film ever made and it shows. The sheer epic scale of crowd-filled scenes in the city and of the famous chariot race are impressive, even by today's standard.
Allison - wrote on 08/07/2008
A tale of Jewish Ben-Hur in decadent Rome. Francis X. Bushman plays his friend Messala, a Roman soldier with huge muscles! Wrapped into the story of Jesus, the tale Ben-Hur is not complete after the chariot race, because he still seeks to be reunited with his family after a long separation. The film was tremendous, and there were even some sequences in color! I was never crazy about the version that came after this, so it's amazing that I loved the silent version of this book. It is always a treat to see Ramon Novarro on screen!
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