Ben-Hur (1959 film)

Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic releegious drama film, directit bi William Wyler, produced bi Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer an starnin Charlton Heston as the teetle chairacter.

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Original theatrical poster by Reynold Brown
Directit biWilliam Wyler
Produced biSam Zimbalist
Screenplay biKarl Tunberg[lower-alpha 1]
Based onBen-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
bi General Lew Wallace
Narratit biFinlay Currie
Muisic biMiklós Rózsa
CinematographyRobert L. Surtees
Eeditit bi
Distributit biLoew's, Inc.[1]
Release date
  • 18 November 1959 (1959-11-18)
Rinnin time
212 meenits[2]
KintraUnitit States
Budget$15.2 million[3][4]
Box office$146.9 million (initial release)


  1. Awtho Tunberg received sole credit for the screenplay, Maxwell Anderson, S. N. Behrman, Gore Vidal an Christopher Fry wirkit on the script in the coorse o development.


  1. "Ben-Hur". The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures. American Film Institute. Retrieved July 6, 2013. Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. (Loew's Inc.); Distribution Company: Loew's Inc.
  2. "Ben Hur". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  3. Sheldon Hall, Epics, Spectacles, and Blockbusters: A Hollywood History Wayne State University Press, 2010 p. 162
  4. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study