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Shiek Ilderim - Ben Hur

Shiek Ilderim from the movie Ben-Hur. He is a great character who adds a little comic relief to the film while not being the "fat idiot" character type.

Messala: A Roman is ten times a Jew...or an Arab.
Shiek: Bravely spoken.

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Judah Ben-Hur
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Noble Romans, men of the Tiber, masters of the Earth...
...where is the courage that made Rome master of the world?
I can get better odds on any street market.
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"Balthazar is a good man...
...but until all men are like him, we must keep our swords bright."
Hugh Griffith did an outstanding job as the shiek. He added a lot of comic relief within the film to add a spark to it. No wonder he got his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
kelleybean86's avatar
I agree! He steals every scene.
ben-hur a classic if there ever was one.
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I like it when he says to the first incompetent chariot driver: Whip my children once and I'll drain every drop of your blood.
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He's got some great lines.
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"One wife? One god, that I can understand - but one wife! That is not civilized. It is not generous."
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This is a great pic. It captures the spirit of the character-- and manages to make him look even better than he did in the film (as the actor looked like he'd been darkened with shoe polish). Here, you make him look like an actual Arab guy. Good job! :thumbsup:
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Thank you very much, Joanne! You're right, he did look awfully shiny in the film.
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