Written by Mr. Mouseburger 21st Aug 2006
Kindly submitted by Servo
Several years after being betrayed by Messala, Judah Ben-Hur races Messala in a chariot race. It is not long before the two men dominate the race. Messala attempts to kill Judah by using a chariot with spikes on the wheels designed to rip other chariots apart.
But after several minutes, it becomes clear that Judah will not yield, and despite the spikes on the wheel of Messala's chariot, the wheel falls off, and Messala is thrown out of the chariot. Still holding the reins, Messala is dragged behind his team of horses. As if this was not painful enough, he is also run over by another chariot driver.
Mortally wounded, Messala collapses in the dirt and is carried away as Judah Ben-Hur crosses the finish line. He refuses medical treatment until Judah arrives. Once Judah arrives, Messala tells him that the race hasn't ended, and that his mother and sister are still alive before he finally shuffles off to the choir invisible.