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.
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!