这部电影的开场白描述了耶稣基督诞生的传统故事。26年后，Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston 饰)是耶路撒冷一位富有的有贵族血统的商人。在一位新总督到来之前，Judah 的儿时朋友，一名军团将校Messala (Stephen Boyd 饰)回来担任罗马驻军的新指挥官。起初，Judah 和 Messala 很高兴在几年后相遇，但他们
导演：威廉 怀勒 (William Wyler)
演员：Charlton Heston Judah Ben-Hur
Jack Hawkins Quintus Arrius
Haya Harareet Esther
Stephen Boyd Messala
Hugh Griffith Sheik Ilderim
Martha Scott Miriam
Cathy O”Donnell Tirzah
Sam Jaffe Simonides 地区：美国，语言：英语，字幕：英文
这部电影的开场白描述了耶稣基督诞生的传统故事。26年后，Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston 饰)是耶路撒冷一位富有的有贵族血统的商人。在一位新总督到来之前，Judah 的儿时朋友，一名军团将校Messala (Stephen Boyd 饰)回来担任罗马驻军的新指挥官。起初，Judah 和 Messala 很高兴在几年后相遇，但他们的不同政见使他们分道扬镳：Messala 相信罗马的荣耀和世袭皇权，而Judah 则致力于他的信仰和犹太人。Messala 要求Judah 警告他的同胞对罗马政府的抗议，暴动或批判。Judah 劝他的同胞反对叛乱，却不肯透露异见者的名字，双方怒气冲冲……
The film’s prologue depicts the traditional story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Twenty-six years later, Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) is a wealthy merchant of noble blood in Jerusalem. Preceding the arrival of a new governor, Judah’s childhood friend Messala (Stephen Boyd), a military tribune, returns as the new commanding officer of the Roman garrison. At first Judah and Messala are happy to meet after years apart, but their differing political views separate them: Messala believes in the glory of Rome and worldly imperial power, while Judah is devoted to his faith and the Jewish people. Messala asks Judah to caution his countrymen about protests, uprisings, or criticism of the Roman government. Judah counsels his countrymen against rebellion but refuses to disclose dissidents’ names, and the two part in anger.
Judah’s family welcomes two of their slaves who arrive with a caravan from Antioch: Simonides (Sam Jaffe), their loyal steward, and Simonides’s twenty-four years-old daughter Esther (Haya Harareet), who is preparing for an arranged marriage. Judah gives Esther her freedom as a wedding present, and the two realize they are attracted to each other.
During the welcoming parade for Valerius Gratus, the new Roman governor, a tile falls from the roof of Judah’s house and startles the governor’s horse, which throws him off, nearly killing him. Although Messala knows that it was an accident, he condemns Judah to the galleys and imprisons Judah’s mother Miriam (Martha Scott) and sister Tirzah (Cathy O’Donnell), in an effort to intimidate the restive Jewish populace by punishing the family of a known friend. Judah swears to return and take revenge. En route to the sea, he is denied water when his slave gang arrives at Nazareth. He collapses in despair, but a local carpenter named Jesus gives him water and renews his will to survive.