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Ben Hur (1959)

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I hadn't seen this before, not being much of a fan of Charlton Heston or lengthy biblical movies. I'm a bit surprised that it was Oscars all round — Heston is hammy and the ladies are generally quite a bit worse — though I grant the huge sets and legions of extras make for some amazement. Many scenes drag followed by abrupt cuts to the next episode in the one-Jewish-man story set around the time of Christ's birth. Hugh Griffith got Oscared for playing an Arab horseman/Sheik in blackface. Still #183 in the IMDB top-250.

Bosley Crowther at the time. Excess details at Wikipedia.