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Still shot from the movie: Ben-Hur.

Ben-Hur

Boasting the most impressive chariot race ever put to film, Ben-Hur tells the fictional story of a Jewish man (Charlton Heston) who is unjustly accused and sentenced to the galleys of a Roman battleship. While his desire for revenge keeps him alive, he is unable to really live until he hears about forgiveness from a condemned Rabbi named Jesus. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 222
Theater Release: 11 Dec 1959
Video Release: 07 Feb 2012
MPAA Rating: G
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Why Is Ben-Hur Rated G?


Overall: A- A wealthy young man betrayed by a friend is almost destroyed by revenge until he has a change of heart.

Violence: C+ Brick falls and scares horse, man hurt in fall from horse, man holds another man in a choke hold, man taken prisoner by armed soldiers, man threatens another man with a spear, men left too die in the desert, thirsty men denied water, men whipped, extended battle scene between war ships with scenes involving blood, whipping and drowning, man seems to kill another man by choking, sword fighting between men on ship, bloody water is shown during battle, man speared in back, face burned with fire, man hit unconscious, numerous scenes of men yelling at and/or whipping horses, reference to men being tortured, man yells at woman and grabs her, extended race scene including men falling from chariots and being run over, chariots crashing into one another, man dragged by horses, contenders fighting (some blood shown), bloody and injured man shown, reference is made to cutting off injured man’s legs, man dies of injuries, man shown with bloody back, people throw rocks at others, man whipping naked back of another man, some blood shown, man carrying cross, crucifixion scenes, bloody water shown beneath the cross, violent thunderstorm.

Sexual Content: B+ Men shown in bath area wearing only towels fastened around waists, kissing scenes between unmarried couple, reference to having many wives.

Language: A- Some mild language, references to Deity used as proper nouns.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A- Men drinking what may be alcoholic beverages.

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