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Ben Hur Review



Collectors Edition

Lewis Wallace
Apr 1827 -- Feb 1905  

Lew Wallace was a lawyer who served as a Union general in the Civil War and, later, as territorial governor of New Mexico, where he worked to bring an end to the bloody Lincoln County War. Ben Hur, a Tale of the Christ is the most famous of his ten novels and biographies and was an immediate best-seller. It has been adapted for film four times. Wallace is the only novelist to have his statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection in the U. S. capitol.

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Autographed by Charlton Heston

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"By what magic do you appear here bearing the name of a consul of Rome?"

A tale of the Holy Land under Roman occupation at the time of Christ, from a novel by Lew Wallace. Juda Ben Hur (Charlton Heston) is sentenced to a lifetime of slavery aboard a Roman galley by the ambitious and amoral Roman tribune Messala (Stephen Boyd). Years later, Juda returns to Judea as the adopted son of an influential Roman patrician (Jack Hawkins) whose life Juda has saved during a great sea battle. Juda and Messala vie in a chariot race (staged by legendary stunt coordinator Yakima Canutt) that makes movie car chases seem tame by comparison. Sam Jaffe heads up a strong supporting cast.

1959, Directed by William Wyler

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*Warning mild spoiler alert- End of clip shows who wins the chariot race

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