BEN-HUR (1959) 29407 U.S. Style B Half Sheet Movie Poster Academy Awards Notation

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Original Style B Half-Sheet Poster (22x28) Never Folded Average Used Condition

Original MGM U.S. Half-Sheet Poster (22x28), style B, for the William Wyler historical epic, BEN-HUR (1959) starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, and Haya Harareet. Considered by many critics to be the greatest achievement in epic cinema, Wyler not only had to direct literally "a cast of thousands," but also was able to pull from his main actors the performances of their lives. Everything about this production was enormous. 50,000 people were employed to make the film on 300 sets covering more than 340 acres. The famous chariot race scene was shot in an 18-acre arena requiring 40,000 tons of sand to make the track. The stands were packed with 8,000 extras, and it took over three months to shoot the entire sequence. MGM, which nearly went bankrupt making the picture, spent over $12.5 million but grossed over $40 million on the project. The film won eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor to Heston, Best Supporting Actor to Griffith, and Best Director to Wyler. Interestingly enough, Gore Vidal worked as a script doctor on this film. This original half sheet poster was issued after the film won the Best PIcture Oscar but is considered an first-release poster. The poster probably dates from 1960. It was used in a theater in Canada, and the poster has a province of Quebec censor stamp on it. Condition is average used with some tape marks. MovieArt Original Film Posters in Austin, Texas guarantees that this poster is an authentic, vintage half-sheet poster from this film. MovieArt Austin does not sell reproductions.

Jack Hawkins - Actor
Stephen Boyd - Actor
Haya Harareet - Actor
Cathy O'Donnell - Actor
Finlay Currie - Actor
Hugh Griffith - Actor
Martha Scott - Actor
Sam Jaffe - Actor
Andre Morell - Actor
Marina Berti - Actor
Lando Buzzanca - Actor
Terence Longdon - Actor
Robert Brown - Actor

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