There are subtle changes from the 1959 storyline. In that film, Judah and his rival, Messala, were childhood friends. In the remake, they are brothers. Messala is the adopted one. In the chariot race scene, the 1959 film ends with Messala's death. In the remake, while Messala loses the lower part of one of his legs, he and Judah are reconciled following a dramatic scene in which Judah witnesses the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth and falls to his knees before Him. His desire for revenge against his brother for turning him into a slave leaves him and he and Messala are reconciled.