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Ben-Hur (1959)Get Rating Widget!

Overall Rating: 4.50 based on 2 ratings

It took 5 weeks to film the famous chariot race, which features one chariot jumping over two other crashed chariots. This stunt was performed by Joe Canutt, son of the stunt coordinator, Yakima Canutt.

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Ridgewalker (116)
In the epic chariot race, there were many stunts and one was rumored to have killed a man. But, it's not true. The Roman soldier who falls under the chariot and gets trampled is actually a dummy. The most severe injury to occur during the filming of this sequence happened to stuntman Joe Canutt, son of Yakima Canutt, a veteran stuntman who over-saw the stunts. He flipped out of his chariot and hit a railing, which required four stitches on his chin. So, m.a....Yakima did rule! He did a great job...

The same can't be said of the 1926 version in which at least one person was killed, along with many horses which, either died in stunts or were injured and shot. There were also rumors of other human deaths that were covered-up by the studio.
ma duron (59)
Yakima Canutt lives (rules?)2
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