History Literature / BenHur

26th May '18 1:27:04 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* {{Brownface}}: The film 1959 sees the Welsh Hugh Griffith playing the Arab Sheik Ilderim.
12th Mar '18 12:34:26 PM professionalsweetheart
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** In the novel, the plot is kicked off when Judah accidentally knocks a roof tile on the head of a Roman centurion and gets arrested. In the movie, Judah's sister is the one who dislodges the roof tile, but Judah deliberately takes the blame in an attempt to spare his sister. (In the 1925 film it's Judah who knocks the tile.) In the novel, when Judah is on a sinking slave ship, and finds himself unchained, he gets off the ship. In the movie, Judah takes the opportunity to punch out a guard, steal his keys, and free all the other slaves on the ship, before escaping himself. In the 2016 film, Messala gets this, because the incident that kickstarts the plot is not a dislodged roof tile but [[spoiler:an actual assassination attempt of Pontius Pilate by a zealot firing an arrow from the top of the House of Hur. Messala even finds evidence that the Hurs had been harboring the zealot and nursing his wounds for some time.]] a fired arrow. This means that he actually has valid reason to do what he does to Judah and his entire family. 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 and 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 that Ben chooses to rescue him in his crippled condition.

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** In the novel, novel and the 1925 film, the plot is kicked off when Judah accidentally knocks a roof tile on the head of a Roman centurion and gets arrested. In the movie, Judah's sister is the one who dislodges the roof tile, but Judah deliberately takes the blame in an attempt to spare his sister. (In the 1925 film it's Judah who knocks the tile.) sister.
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In the novel, when Judah is on a sinking slave ship, and finds himself unchained, he gets off the ship. In the movie, Judah takes the opportunity to punch out a guard, steal his keys, and free all the other slaves on the ship, before escaping himself. himself.
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In the 2016 film, Messala gets this, because the incident that kickstarts the plot is not a dislodged roof tile but [[spoiler:an an arrow fired [[spoiler:by a zealot from the top of the House of Hur as an actual assassination attempt of on Pontius Pilate by a zealot firing an arrow from the top of the House of Hur. Pilate. Messala even finds evidence that the Hurs had been harboring the zealot and nursing his wounds for some time.]] a fired arrow.time]]. This means that he actually has valid reason to do what he does to Judah and his entire family. 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 and 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 that Ben chooses to rescue him in his crippled condition.



* CompositeCharacter: In the 2016 film, Quintus Arrius does not appear [[spoiler:after his Death by Adaptation in the galley scene]], so Ilderim takes some of his role as Judah's mentor and benefactor.



* TheFaceless / TheVoiceless: Jesus, in the first two film versions. By contrast, he is both seen and heard in the 2016 film.

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* TheFaceless / TheVoiceless: Jesus, in the first two film versions. (In the 1925 version, we never see anything except his arms.) By contrast, he is both seen and heard in the 2016 film.
12th Mar '18 11:54:29 AM professionalsweetheart
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* TheMockbuster: A 1907 short film is sometimes cited as the "original" film version. However, this was actually an unauthorized adaptation that provoked a successful lawsuit by the book's copyright holders. Silent film blogger Fritzi Kramer [[http://moviessilently.com/2016/03/29/silent-movie-myth-the-first-ben-hur-film-was-made-in-1907-and-all-subsequent-versions-are-remakes/ makes the case]] that, as a low-budget production meant to ride on the coattails of a more famous property (in this case, the book and its authorized stage adaptation), the 1907 film should be regarded as an early mockbuster.
11th Mar '18 6:38:18 PM wootzits
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* RevengeFeelsEmpty: A key point in all versions of the story. Judah revenges himself on Messala, but, finding it does not bring him peace, he decides to revenge himself on all of Rome. Only witnessing the crucifixion of Christ convinces him to instead devote his life to his family and faith.



* SparedByTheAdaptation:
** In the 2003 film, Messala lives on as a cripple and is healed at the death of Christ where he reconciles with the House of Hur.
** In the 2016 film, Messala is shown escaping Jerusalem alongside Ben and Esther after he reconciles with the Judah household.


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* SparedByTheAdaptation:
** In the 2003 film, Messala lives on as a cripple and is healed at the death of Christ where he reconciles with the House of Hur.
** In the 2016 film, Messala is shown escaping Jerusalem alongside Ben and Esther after he reconciles with the Judah household.


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* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: A key point in all versions of the story. Judah revenges himself on Messala, but, finding it does not bring him peace, he decides to revenge himself on all of Rome. Only witnessing the crucifixion of Christ convinces him to instead devote his life to his family and faith.
9th Jan '18 5:20:52 AM Cryoclaste
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* RecycledINSPACE: The novel has often been referred to as "''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' meets ''QuoVadis''" or "''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' in the first century AD".

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* RecycledINSPACE: The novel has often been referred to as "''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' meets ''QuoVadis''" ''Literature/QuoVadis''" or "''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' in the first century AD".
23rd Dec '17 4:08:20 AM Saveelich
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At the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward ceremony in 1960, ''Ben-Hur'' cleaned house. It was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won 11, missing only Adapted Screenplay. The film won Best Picture, Wyler won Best Director, Heston won Best Actor and Hugh Griffith took home Best Supporting Actor for playing Sheikh Ilderim. The 11 Oscars set a record, since tied by ''[[Film/{{Titanic 1997}} Titanic]]'' and ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]''.

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At the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward ceremony in 1960, ''Ben-Hur'' cleaned house. It was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won 11, missing only Adapted Screenplay. The film won Best Picture, Wyler won Best Director, Heston won Best Actor and Hugh Griffith took home Best Supporting Actor for playing Sheikh Ilderim. The 11 Oscars set a record, since tied matched by ''[[Film/{{Titanic 1997}} Titanic]]'' and ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]''.
King]]'' but still not beaten.
4th Dec '17 7:23:26 PM Dantanic
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* OhCrap: When Judah looks for Miriam and Tirzah in the leper colony, he runs into Esther bringing them food and water. She has a quietly horrified Oh Crap look as she has previously told him (by their request) that they were dead,

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* OhCrap: When Judah looks for Miriam and Tirzah in the leper colony, he runs into Esther bringing them food and water. She has a quietly horrified Oh Crap look as she has previously told him (by their request) that they were dead, dead.



* TimePassageBeard: Judah gets one during his years in the galley but he gets it cut before his chariot race.

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* TimePassageBeard: Judah gets grows one during his years in the galley but he gets it cut before his chariot race.galley.
4th Dec '17 5:02:29 PM Dantanic
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* TimePassageBeard: Judah gets one in the 2016 film during his years in the galley but he gets it cut before his chariot race.

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* TimePassageBeard: Judah gets one in the 2016 film during his years in the galley but he gets it cut before his chariot race.
4th Dec '17 5:01:31 PM Dantanic
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* TimePassageBeard: Judah gets one in the 2016 film during his years in the galley but he gets it cut before his chariot race.
28th Oct '17 8:09:20 AM Greystone101
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* TheQueensLatin: In the movie, Roman characters are mostly played by Brits, and speak accordingly.

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* TheQueensLatin: In the movie, Roman characters are mostly played by Brits, and speak accordingly. In the 2016 remake, the only Latin spoken is the Legion's marching song as they enter Jerusalem.
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