Ben Hur (2010– )
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Episode #1.1 

About the struggle between the Roman Empire and its rebellious conquest Judaea, and two best friends caught in a terrible moment in history.


Steve Shill


Alan Sharp, Lew Wallace (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Morgan ... Judah Ben-Hur
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Messala
Emily VanCamp ... Esther
Kristin Kreuk ... Tirzah
Ben Cross ... Emperor Tiberius
Simón Andreu ... Simonides
Alex Kingston ... Ruth
James Faulkner ... Marcellus
Art Malik ... Sheikh Ilderim
Marc Warren ... David
Lucía Jiménez ... Athene
Miguel Ángel Muñoz ... Antegua
Kris Holden-Ried ... Gaius (as Kris Holden Ried)
Michael Nardone ... Hortator
Eugene Simon ... Young Ben Hur


Judah Ben-Hur lives in Jerusalem with his mother Ruth,sister Tirzah and his friend Messala,illegitimate son of the patrician Roman Marcellus who has virtually disowned the boy. On reaching manhood Messala becomes an officer in the Roman army and is part of a parade headed by governor Pontius Pilate which will march in triumph through Jerusalem to show Roman power. Judah's family watch but accidentally dislodge a tile from the roof which hits Pilate. The family steward David,a Zealot,exploits the accident to start a riot. Seeking to show the governor his power Messala has the family arrested. The women are imprisoned and Simonides,father of Judah's betrothed Esther,crucified - though he survives. Judah is sent as a galley slave in chains and on his way to the ship encounters Jesus. After three years as a galley slave Judah's intelligence impresses the admiral,wealthy Roman Quintus Arrius,and when the ship is involved in a battle with pirates Arrius has Judah's chains unlocked. Ony ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Rome made him a slave. Revenge set him free.


Action | Drama




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Release Date:

4 April 2010 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(2 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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this was bad...
26 April 2010 | by DuluumeSee all my reviews

As stated, I didn't like this version at all...

The cast is absolutely awful, not one character seems to fit (mesala was perhaps the only good choice) and discolored curly hair is ridiculous in an antic set up. Lucía Jiménez, who plays Athene, is probably the worst actress I've ever seen, every single line of her dialogs were painful to hear and almost made you feel bad for her.

I've read a few comments saying you shouldn't compare it with the 1959 version since this is a mini-series and everything, but how couldn't you!! The storyline is literally the same, it's almost a perfect copy of the 1959 film, without the goods. Sometimes you feel like your watching a version made by a bunch of friends on youtube, it's almost the same dialogs in some moments, it's ridiculous! I just don't understand why this was made... I had real expectations about this, I loved the 1959 picture and since it's so widely known by the public I was expecting something new, with an other angle or something... not a plain copy.

Oh and did I mention that Lucía Jiménez is really bad in this?

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