Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925 film)

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a 1925 film about a Jewish prince who seeks revenge against his Roman friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.

Directed by Fred Niblo. Written by June Mathis, based on the novel by Lew Wallace.
Lew Wallace's Immortal Story  (taglines)


Ben-Hur: It is good to have you back, Messala - - a Roman who understands my people...
Messala: Rome rules the peoples she has conquered. It is for them to understand Rome! I meant no offense, Judah. But your stiff-necked race must learn submission to your masters!

Arrius: A galley slave wanting to live! How long have you been at the oars?
Ben-Hur: In your calendar, three years - - in mine, three centuries!
Arrius: What has kept you alive?
Ben-Hur: I live for revenge!
Arrius: Spoken like a Roman!
Ben-Hur: I am a Jew!

Esther: Why are your so certain, my father, that he is not Ben-Hur?
Simonides: Nay, child, I had never a doubt. He is Ben-Hur! Esther, all these years I have lived a lie. I am a slave to the House of Hur! For myself I care not, but if I acknowledge him, you too are his slave! Yours the decision, Esther. I cannot make it. Heiress to Simonides the Merchant or slave-girl to Ben Hur!

Messala: Egypt! Egypt! I would drown my soul in your eyes! Give me proof of your love!
Iras: My heart is in the hollow of your hand, Messala. What more do you wish?
Messala: You, flower of the Nile, will succeed where others have failed - - solve the mystery of Ilderim's driver.

Charioteer: You're fouling me, Roman dog!
Messala: Yes, and I'll wreck you, Greek, to smash the cursed Jew behind you!


  • Lew Wallace's Immortal Story


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