Ben-Hur (2016)

Genres - Action, Drama, Epic  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Epic, Sword-and-Sandal  |   Release Date - Aug 19, 2016 (USA)  |   Run Time - 124 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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In this adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ (previously brought to the screen in 1925 and 1959), a Jewish prince (Jack Huston) spends years toiling in slavery after an old friend, now an officer in the Roman army occupying Jerusalem (Toby Kebbell), falsely accuses him of a crime. In time, he wins his freedom and competes against his betrayer in a violent chariot race, but an encounter with Jesus Christ (Rodrigo Santoro) teaches him the importance of mercy and compassion. This version of Ben-Hur was penned by Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley, and directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Morgan Freeman co-stars.

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chariot, Christ [Jesus], compassion, freedom, gladiator, Jewish, prince, race [competition], Roman-Empire, slave