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Heartwarming / Ben-Hur

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1959 Film:

  • Judah Ben-Hur is being dragged off to the slave galleys from Jerusalem to Tyr under the blazing Judean sun, and is denied water by the Roman centurion. As Judah falls to his knees and tearfully prays to God, a shadow passes over him: it's a local carpenter's son, who silently offers him water to drink. The centurion tries to stop the young man from helping Judah, but the Roman sees something in the man's face that makes him sheepishly turn away.
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  • Before the naval battle, Quintus Arrius has all of his galley's rowers chained except Judah to keep them at their post. When the galley is rammed, the first thing Judah does is knocking out one of the overseers, steal his keys, and unchain the other rowers to give them a chance to escape. Then he goes on to save Arrius' life in the battle.
  • Judah and Arrius' relationship. Judah saves his life and in turn Arrius adopts him.
  • This dialogue after Judah comes back from Jesus' crucifixion, and also the final lines of the movie:
    Judah: Almost at the moment He died, I heard Him say, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
    Esther: Even then.
    Judah: Even then. And I felt His voice take the sword out of my hand.
  • The scene where the sheik is saying good night to his horses is adorable. He calls them "his children" and addresses each of them by name. And it's easy to tell they love him too.
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  • Miriam and Tirzah are miraculously healed during the rainstorm that follows Jesus' Crucifixion.

2016 Film:

  • Jesus giving water to Judah, again.
  • Messala survives the chariot race in this version, and he and Judah reconcile, becoming friends again.


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