Ben-Hur
 


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Ben-Hur
Friday ONLY!  November 15   7pm Start Time
Starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins & Stephen Boyd

 

Enjoy one of Golden Hollywood's most epic adventures, back on the Big Screen for one night only! 11 Oscars went to this visually stunning saga, including a Best Actor win for Charlton Heston.  It's also the only Hollywood film to make the Vatican-approved film list in the category of religion.

When a Jewish prince (Heston) is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Ben-Hur cost MGM a massive fifteen million dollars, an unheard of sum the late 50s, and was a major gamble by the studio to save itself from bankruptcy. It paid off, however, with the film earning 75 million dollars at the Box Office.

The chariot race required 15,000 extras on a set constructed on 18 acres of backlot at Cinecitta Studios outside Rome. Tour buses visited the set every hour. Eighteen chariots were built, with half being used for practice. The race took five weeks to film.  Adding to the film's massive production budget was the fact that one of the very few (and very expensive) 65mm cameras in existence was wrecked during the filming of the chariot race.

During the 18-day auction of MGM props, costumes and memorabilia that took place in May 1970 when new studio owner Kirk Kerkorian was liquidating the studio's assets, a Sacramento restaurateur paid 4,000 dollars for a chariot used in the film. Three years later, during the energy crisis, he was arrested for driving the chariot on the highway.

Friday, November 15   Special Start Time of 7:00pm

1959  G | Runtime 3 hours 32 mins.