Director: William Wyler | Genre: Adventure, Drama, History

Released: 1959 | Runtime: 212 min

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Ben-Hur Quotes

  • Judah Ben-Hur : If you were not a bride, I would kiss you goodbye.
    Esther : If I were not a bride, there would be no goodbyes to be said.
  • 1st Jailer : [ looking in records ] Miriam, wife... Tirzah, daughter.
    Drusus : Yes, that's them. Are they alive?
    1st Jailer : [ examining the records, he is pessimistic ] East section... lower level. Cell two. The jailer in that wing will know. [ Drusus is led down various passages into the lower dungeons ]
    Drusus : How long since you've seen them?
    2nd Jailer : Never - and I've been here three years. But they're alive, all right.
    2nd Jailer : [ after demonstrating a slot in the bottom of the cell door ] The food disappears.
  • Simonides : Judah-Ben Hur! You've come back to us like a returning faith! Oh Judah, I should like to laugh again. Let us laugh!
    Judah Ben-Hur : We will laugh.
    Simonides : There will be joy again in this house! We will celebrate! Among the dust and cobwebs... [ Simonides sobs ]
  • Sheik Ilderim : Balthasar is a good man. But until all men are like him, we must keep our swords bright!
    Judah Ben-Hur : And our intentions true! So I must leave you.
    Sheik Ilderim : One last thought: There is no law in the arena; many are killed... I hope to see you again, Judah Ben-Hur.
  • Judah Ben-Hur: [after he is sentenced to the galleys] May God grant me vengeance! I will pray that you live until I return!
    Messala: [ironically] Return?
  • Judah Ben-Hur: He gave me water, and the heart to live. What has he done to merit this?
    Balthasar: He has taken the world of our sins onto himself. To this end he said he was born, in that stable, where I first saw him. For this cause, he came into the world.
    Judah Ben-Hur: For this death?
    Balthasar: For this beginning.
  • Judah Ben-Hur: If you were not a bride I would kiss you goodbye.
    Esther: If I were not a bride, there would be no goodbyes to be said.
  • Messala: Look to the West, Judah! Don't be a fool, look to Rome!
    Judah Ben-Hur: I would rather be a fool than a traitor... or a killer!
    Messala: I am a soldier!
    Judah Ben-Hur: Yes! Who kills! For Rome! Rome is evil!
    Messala: I warn you...
    Judah Ben-Hur: No! I warn you! Rome is an affront to God! Rome is strangling my people and my country, the whole Earth! But not forever. I tell you the day Rome falls there will be a shout of freedom such as the world has never heard before!
  • Quintus Arrius: [a galley's 200 rowers are being told to shift gears... ] Battle speed! Attack speed! Ramming speed!
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