Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Best enjoyed as a sample of the state of the art circa 1925, not as a timeless masterpiece."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Hokey by today's standards, but one of the greatest silent film spectacles."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"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."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Novelist Lew Wallace's 'Tale of Christ' got the silent Hollywood treatment, and how, in M-G-M's elephantine costume epic."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Yes, you'll also find the chariot race in here, and you may even find it as exciting or more exciting than the one Heston enacted."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Has merits not found in William Wyler's Oscar-laden 1959 remake."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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