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Ben-Hur Review - Den of Geek

DOG: There’s nothing inherently blasphemous (pardon the pun) about doing a new film version of Ben-Hur: after all, the original 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, has already been adapted four previous times, along with stage and TV iterations. But the last time Ben-Hur appeared on a movie screen was in 1959 in the form of William Wyler’s epic starring Charlton Heston, a movie that won an unprecedented 11 Oscars and held onto that record until Titanic tied it in 1998. That is the version that most people alive today remember best, and the one against which this new production will be fairly or unfairly compared.

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