Ben-Hur (1959) is MGM's three and a half hour, wide-screen epic Technicolor blockbuster - a Biblical tale, subtitled A Tale of the Christ.

Ben Hur 1959 (Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd) When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Charlton Heston as BEN-HUR- The story of Ben-Hur taught me no matter how far you stray away from God, he will always be waiting for you to return.

Gore Vidal's spat with Charlton Heston over gay 'Ben-Hur' subtext

Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd in Ben-Hur directed by William Wyler,1959

Messala (Stephen Boyd): "By what magic do you bear the name of a Consul of Rome?" // Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston): "You were the magician, Messala. When my ship was sunk, I saved the Consul's life." -- from Ben-Hur directed by William Wyler

Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur, 1959   Best Actor Oscar 1959

Frank Thring as Pontius Pilate places a victory crown on Charlton Heston in epic, "Ben-Hur," the winner of 11 Oscars; a record number of wins that has yet to be eclipsed.

Charlton Heston ... still from 'Ben-Hur', by William Wyler

still from 'Ben-Hur', by William Wyler. Although better known for Moses in The Ten Commandments, Heston won best actor for his role as Judah Ben-Hur.