History LIterature / BenHur

19th Dec '16 12:23:43 AM MormonPazazu
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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Messala is truly remorseful for his betrayal in the 2016 movie and he suffers elements of PTSD from the wars he fought in for Rome.
* AdaptationalBadass: In the 2016 film Messala's wartime experiences are shown via flashbacks and he is shown as a skilled swordsman and also a competent commander. He is so good that in one battle the general in charge even gives him direct command of the Roman army.


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*** On top of that Messala is also shown questioning some of the orders of his superiors both in the Jewish revolt and other wars he is shown participating in against enemies of Rome adn even does his best to find a favorable settlement between the Jews and the Romans. Also he is shown saving Ben-Hur in his childhood and later truly begs for forgiveness from Ben after the climatic chariot race.


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* SavedBytheAdaptation: Messala is shown escaping Jerusalem alongside Ben and Esther after he reconciles with the Judah household.
12th Dec '16 1:56:51 PM LDSTroper1
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* {{Irony}}: Judah being a galley on a slave ship, surrounded by endless water that he cannot drink.

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* {{Irony}}: Judah being a slave on a galley on a slave ship, surrounded by endless water that he cannot drink.
8th Dec '16 1:39:12 PM MikeW
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-->'''Judah:''' You were the magician, Messala. When my ship was sunk, I saved the Consul's life.

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-->'''Judah:''' You were the magician, Messala. You had me condemned to the galley. When my ship was sunk, I saved the Consul's life.


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** Messala's stunned reaction when a very much alive Judah shows up to challenge him.
6th Dec '16 12:15:08 PM cordychase
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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: During the climactic chariot race, Ben-Hur gets white horses, while Messala gets black.
2nd Dec '16 6:48:11 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HomoeroticSubtext: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxecELnxMYU A deliberate example.]] Director Creator/WilliamWyler and co-screenwriter Gore Vidal told Stephen Boyd, the actor portraying Messala, to play him as if he and Judah had been lovers as youths and that his vindictiveness is therefore motivated by a sexual and romantic rejection as much as a political one. They did not, however, tell Charlton Heston, who found out years later and was ''not'' pleased. This did add an interesting dynamic to the scenes between Judah and Messala, since Heston's uncomfortable reactions to some of Boyd's behavior came off as reluctance towards his former lover.

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* HomoeroticSubtext: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxecELnxMYU A deliberate example.]] Director Creator/WilliamWyler and co-screenwriter Gore Vidal Creator/GoreVidal told Stephen Boyd, the actor portraying Messala, to play him as if he and Judah had been lovers as youths and that his vindictiveness is therefore motivated by a sexual and romantic rejection as much as a political one. They did not, however, tell Charlton Heston, who found out years later and was ''not'' pleased. This did add an interesting dynamic to the scenes between Judah and Messala, since Heston's uncomfortable reactions to some of Boyd's behavior came off as reluctance towards his former lover.
18th Nov '16 9:22:59 AM LordGro
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* ChariotRace: The race is the TropeCodifier featuring SpikedWheels (Messala's "Greek chariot"), Messala whipping his horses and any driver within range, if you're tossed from the chariot, there's a token attempt at retrieval.
** Don't forget to check out the ''silent'' version of "Ben Hur", preferably a decent print at the right speed. Apparently one of the more spectacular accidents in the original chariot race [[EnforcedMethodActing wasn't staged]], and the stunt driver only barely escaped with his life.

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* ChariotRace: ChariotRace:
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The race is the TropeCodifier featuring SpikedWheels (Messala's "Greek chariot"), Messala whipping his horses and any driver within range, if you're tossed from the chariot, there's a token attempt at retrieval.
** Don't forget to check out In the ''silent'' silent movie version of "Ben Hur", preferably a decent print at the right speed. Apparently ''Ben Hur'', apparently one of the more spectacular accidents in the original chariot race [[EnforcedMethodActing wasn't staged]], and the stunt driver only barely escaped with his life.
18th Nov '16 8:42:47 AM rafi
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** Don't forget to check out the ''silent'' version of ''Literature/BenHur'', preferably a decent print at the right speed. Apparently one of the more spectacular accidents in the original chariot race [[EnforcedMethodActing wasn't staged]], and the stunt driver only barely escaped with his life.

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** Don't forget to check out the ''silent'' version of ''Literature/BenHur'', "Ben Hur", preferably a decent print at the right speed. Apparently one of the more spectacular accidents in the original chariot race [[EnforcedMethodActing wasn't staged]], and the stunt driver only barely escaped with his life.
18th Nov '16 8:42:09 AM rafi
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* ChariotRace: The TropeCodifier.

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* ChariotRace: The TropeCodifier.race is the TropeCodifier featuring SpikedWheels (Messala's "Greek chariot"), Messala whipping his horses and any driver within range, if you're tossed from the chariot, there's a token attempt at retrieval.
** Don't forget to check out the ''silent'' version of ''Literature/BenHur'', preferably a decent print at the right speed. Apparently one of the more spectacular accidents in the original chariot race [[EnforcedMethodActing wasn't staged]], and the stunt driver only barely escaped with his life.
7th Oct '16 3:59:59 PM DustSnitch
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* RealMenLoveJesus: Judah is a {{Badass}}, and devout in his Jewish faith. In the end, he embraces the teachings of Jesus.

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* RealMenLoveJesus: Judah is a {{Badass}}, BadassIsraeli, and devout in his Jewish faith. In the end, he embraces the teachings of Jesus.Jesus as a miracle saves his family.
1st Oct '16 5:05:15 PM Saveelich
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Full title ''Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ''. [[{{Jesus}} Christ]] does have an important role in this story, [[HeroOfAnotherStory but it's often tangential]].

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Full title ''Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ''. [[{{Jesus}} The Christ]] does have an important role in this story, [[HeroOfAnotherStory but it's often tangential]].
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