Ben-Hur

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Time Out says

Although a bit like a four-hour Sunday school lesson, 'Ben-Hur' is not without its compensations, above all, of course, the chariot race (which was directed not by Wyler but by Andrew Marton, and it shows). The rest is made interesting by the most sexually ambivalent characters sporting togas this side of Satyricon. When not fondling phallic substitutes, Heston and Boyd gaze admiringly into each other's eyes, but when they fall out - well, hell hath no fury like a closet queen scorned. Heston ends up naked in the galleys where he's rowing and Jack Hawkins is commanding; one look at Chuck's rippling muscles, and Hawkins adopts him. Heston goes back for revenge on Boyd, who's lying around in the baths with his men looking like they're auditioning for Sebastiane. Along the way, an unbilled Jesus performs miracles for Ben's kinsfolk, which are convincing enough to convert him. The movie could be trying to say that for some people religion is an escape from their sexuality, but it seems unlikely.
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1959

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217 mins

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All you have to do is read all the major reviews when this movie came out! From the New York times to the San Francisco Chronicle they all had the highest praise for Ben-Hur. All were 5 stars!! But today critic's are so politically correct that they can't praise any christian theme movie!! How about 11 Academy Awards-1st ever until Titanic!!!!!

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All you have to do is read all the major reviews when this movie came out! From the New York times to the San Francisco Chronicle they all had the highest praise for Ben-Hur. All were 5 stars!! But today critic's are so politically correct that they can't praise any christian theme movie!! How about 11 Academy Awards-1st ever until Titanic!!!!!

John

How in hell do you think there is homosexual overtones in Ben-Hur? The movie isn't about sex, it's about Jesus Christ and a man's personal struggle with the Roman Empire. Not anything about being naked on a ship.. Those thoughts didn't even race through my mind when watching this great movie. That's sick.

John

How in hell do you think there is homosexual overtones in Ben-Hur? The movie isn't about sex, it's about Jesus Christ and a man's personal struggle with the Roman Empire. Not anything about being naked on a ship.. Those thoughts didn't even race through my mind when watching this great movie. That's sick.

Tony

This is possibly the worst review I've ever read. I think you got just about everything wrong.

Tony

This is possibly the worst review I've ever read. I think you got just about everything wrong.

Preston Venzant

Ben Hur captures the death of Christ better than any movie ever made. And they do it without comment, a masterful work from a masterful director. Amazing.

Preston Venzant

Ben Hur captures the death of Christ better than any movie ever made. And they do it without comment, a masterful work from a masterful director. Amazing.

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I can't believe this review. This film was by no means a lecture but rather an epic action flick that periodically provides you with edge-of-your seat fun. The 3.5 hour movie breezed bye, even its exposition was enjoyable.

Movie Review

I can't believe this review. This film was by no means a lecture but rather an epic action flick that periodically provides you with edge-of-your seat fun. The 3.5 hour movie breezed bye, even its exposition was enjoyable.

Paul Bradley

Over the years it has become the norm for most British critics to attack 'Ben-Hur', with the usual stinging comments of "wooden dialogue", "over-inflated" and "overlong" thrown at it. It clearly looks expensive but it is meant to be an expensive spectacular. It simply looks great and the story is enhanced by effective performances including Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd (who had won a Golden Globe for his performance as Messala in 1960). The sea battle works and the now legnedary chariot race is worth the admission fee alone. To call a religious epic pompous and preachy (as many critics do) is to call the Queen dutiful. This is a religious epic and one of the finest epics ever to grace the screen.

Paul Bradley

Over the years it has become the norm for most British critics to attack 'Ben-Hur', with the usual stinging comments of "wooden dialogue", "over-inflated" and "overlong" thrown at it. It clearly looks expensive but it is meant to be an expensive spectacular. It simply looks great and the story is enhanced by effective performances including Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd (who had won a Golden Globe for his performance as Messala in 1960). The sea battle works and the now legnedary chariot race is worth the admission fee alone. To call a religious epic pompous and preachy (as many critics do) is to call the Queen dutiful. This is a religious epic and one of the finest epics ever to grace the screen.