Production info

USA, 1959

Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Finlay Currie
Directed by William Wyler


This legendary movie features one Egyptian character in the person of 'Balthasar of Alexandria' who is seen in the opening scene as one of the 'Wise Men' bringing gifts to the newborn child Jesus. He reappears later when at an oasis he confronts Judah Ben Hur thinking that he may be the grown man whom he saw as a baby in the stable in Bethlehem. Balthasar soon realizes that Judah is not that man, but the two strike up a friendship. Interestingly, Balthasar is solely identified as an Egyptian by his rather impressive collar which he wears over his heavy cloak!

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