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BP006 Ben Hur (1959)

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Episode 6: Ben-Hur (1959)

Released 11 April 2018.

For this episode, we watched Ben-Hur, written by Karl Tunberg (and uncredited others including Gore Vidal and Christopher Fry), from the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by General Lew Wallace. It was directed by William Wyler and starred Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd and Hugh Griffith.

As well as Best Picture, Ben-Hur won a record (still unbeaten) eleven Academy Awards out of twelve nominations, including Best Actor (Heston), Best Director, Best (Color) Cinematography, Best (Color) Costume Design and Best Special Effects.

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