Ten remakes that beat the originals

Posted by , 17 December 2008

Ben-Hur (1959)

Coming in at just under four hours, this monumental tale of piracy, leprosy, chariots and religion was made twice before Charlton Heston stepped into the title role and chewed his way through ancient Rome. The first effort, in 1907, was a one-reel silent version, but MGM had another bash in 1925, with a similarly soundless 143 minute attempt. It doesn’t matter: it’s William Wyler’s 1959 version that gets shown every Christmas, and apart from some mind-numbingly dull lovey-dovey guff, it still rocks.

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