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The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur (2016)

The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur explores my relationship with my 89-year old second cousin, Johnny Alarimo, at the end of his life. A charismatic loner, Johnny spent a dazzling career behind the ... See full summary »

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Joe Forte

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Joe Forte
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John Alarimo John Alarimo ... Himself
Joe Forte Joe Forte ... Himself
Arthur Hiller ... Himself
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The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur explores my relationship with my 89-year old second cousin, Johnny Alarimo, at the end of his life. A charismatic loner, Johnny spent a dazzling career behind the scenes in show business without never forming any lasting relationships. Destine to die that way, the film is a subtle dance between a subject who wants to control his legacy, and a filmmaker/family-member who simply wants to know him.

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Documentary

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TV-G
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USA

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English

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26 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
by Russ Morgan, Larry Stock, James Cavanaugh
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Great Effort, Seriously Depressing...
9 May 2017 | by statuskuoSee all my reviews

As entertainment value goes...forget it. It's a grueling climb to the middle. A man whose connections to power and fame with what amounts to a apartment of memorabilia is as enticing as going to a wake. It promises good food, but a loved one is still suffering.

The director is also a relative of a man whom everyone warns is the exact opposite of what he should do in life. This documentary proves why. A lonely elderly man's day to day isn't that interesting. Even if he did rub elbows with movie stars. Because he doesn't offer much in terms of a life. It's the one thing that constantly validates the stories he refuses to tell. Lesson one...don't dangle a story only to not get to it.

Also, what was the point of watching him go through physical therapy? Did he lives a fascinating life? Sure. Did we get any other information other than he knew famous people. Not any more salacious then you'd read in a text book about the person. If the point was to discourage anyone from entering this profession, this is a great watch. For everyone else...it won't mean much.


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