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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926)

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This renowned silent epic was one of the most expensive features of its day, and easily stands up to the later, technically superior version. Juda Ben-Hur, a Judean Prince forced to become a galley slave, saves the life of a Roman nobleman. He is adopted by the Roman and becomes a respected citizen and a famed chariot racer. Upon his return to Judea, Ben-Hur witnesses the crucifixion of Jesus and is inspired to convert to Christianity. Hold on tight during the sea battle and chariot race.

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Cast

Ramon Novarro
as Judah Ben-Hur
May McAvoy
as Esther
Claire McDowell
as Princess of Hur
Mitchell Lewis
as Sheik Ilderim
Leo White
as Sanballat
Charles Belcher
as Balthazar
Harry Greenberg
as Centurion
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Critic Reviews for Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

Ramon Novarro, who plays the part of Ben-Hur, is a sturdy, handsome young chap, with an excellent figure. His performance is all that one could wish, for he is fervent and earnest throughout.

August 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Ben Hur is a picture for all times. No matter what happens to others, Ben Hur will remain, as the Bible remains.

August 31, 2020 | Full Review…
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The part of Ben Hur Is magnificently played by Ramon Navarro. In his hands the character shows a gradual and logical development, beginning with Judah's boyish bearing in the streets of Jerusalem, adopting a harder tone [as the film progresses].

August 31, 2020 | Full Review…

There have been few attempts made to adapt masterpieces of history to the screen; very few of these attempts have been adequate. This cannot be said of Ben Hur.

August 31, 2020 | Full Review…

The strangest thing:about a deliberately spectacular film is that, when'it i most spectacular, it ceases altogether to be personally dramatic.

August 31, 2020 | Full Review…

At nearly 2½ hours long, the 1925 version is still an hour shorter than the 1959 version, yet the story is essentially the same, and the scale similarly impressive.

October 17, 2005 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

½

I think I ought to re-watch this movie. I did just watch it last week, but it was so long I got bored and wasn't paying attention. I do remember a few good scenes, and the epic landscapes and enormous cast are really cool looking, but it's just so long. It really looks like an expensive picture, and the main cast does a good job, so I think it deserves a re-watch.

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