BEN-HUR (1959) 9741 Charlton Heston Stephen Boyd William Wyler Movie Poster

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MGM Original U.S. Three Sheet Poster (41x81) Folded Average Used Condition

Original MGM Three Sheet Poster (41x81) for the William Wyler historical epic, BEN-HUR (1959) starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, and Hugh Griffith. The absolute apogee of the religious epic, 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 used to make the film on 300 sets covering more than 340 acres. The famous chariot race scene was shot in an 18-acre arena using 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 scene. 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 three sheet poster is in very average used condition. It has some defects. It was used in a theater, is folded, and shows some distresses and signs of general use. Colors are good, but there are some surface paper loss. This poster is a great candidate for linen-backing. A three sheet poster is printed on two separate panels which are assembled to display as one large poster. Linen backing is an option for displaying the poster. The individual panels have been butted together for this photograph. Ask us about conservation services. 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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