Erstwhile childhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur and Messala meet again as adults, this time with Roman officer Messala as conqueror and Judah as a wealthy, though conquered, Israelite.
Fire and water are the most deadly of nature's vital elements, especially when they rage out of control. Hardcore Heroes Jack Pritchard, a FDNY fire-fighting legend, and John Keller, a former recon Marine, come face to face with these ferocious elements.
Sometimes heroes are hunters, sometimes they are hunted. Hardcore hero, George Rowe goes undercover for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. And after WWII, brothers Joe and Radek Masin elude the biggest manhunt in Communist Soviet Union history.
There are fair fights, unfair fights, and fights where the odds are so stacked against you that you should be obliterated. For two battlefield legends, Drew Dix and Viktor Leonov retreating from a superior army never occurs to them.
In the death-defying tales of valor, there are the heroes who work with others to save lives. Then there are the hardcore heroes who operate as lone masterminds - and get the job done. Carlos Hathcock and Max Hardberger know how to get the job done.
Does becoming the first man to jump 19 miles back to earth from space or strapping yourself into a rocket sled traveling over 600 miles per hour before coming to a violent stop, sound hardcore to you? It's just another day at the office for these heroes.
Some of the greatest hardcore heroes' second nature is to fly fearlessly into battle. When George Welch and Kenneth Taylor wake up to the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, they take to the skies to fight. And Chuck Yeager becomes an ace fighter pilot.
In this action packed series, HARDCORE HEROES showcases the never-before-seen and truly awesome tales of the real badasses of history that put even Hollywood stars to shame. Battling ferocious elements, changing the course of history and saving hundreds of lives is just another day at the office for these courageous warriors.
The heroes in Hollywood action films seem almost superhuman; they dodge bullets, take out the bad guys and save the day. But of course, they're fictional characters. So who are the real badasses of history? In this season of HARDCORE HEROES watch real, courageous warriors come face to face with ferocious elements, death-defying tests of valor, and fly fearlessly into battle.
Looking to explore the New World, Sir Walter Raleigh prevails upon Lord Leicester to introduce him to Queen Elizabeth I. The explorer and the aging Queen strike up an unexpected warm friendship, but complications ensue when Raleigh falls in love with a beautiful lady-in-waiting and the Queen finds out. Feeling betrayed, Elizabeth has Raleigh temporarily imprisoned in the famous Tower of London, but she soon reconsiders, granting Raleigh his ships wishing him a good journey with his new love.
A Diary Discovered In The Attic Of An Amsterdam Factory Reveals The Plight Of A Jewish Refugee Family That Lived There In Hiding For Two Years.
The glorious epic style of Cecil B. DeMille is exemplified in this story of the Bible's legendary strongman and the woman who seduces, then betrays him. Victor Mature is the classic Samson, muscular and fearless in his barehanded battle with a lion, his single-handed assault on a thousand Philistine soldiers, his struggle with a giant, and the spectacular Old Testament climax where he pulls down the pagan temple.
Rita Hayworth's Salome tries to save John the Baptist (Badel) from losing his head to the sword of King Herod (played with marvelous scene-chewing by Laughton) reversing the traditional story that she was responsible for his death. In this biblical drama, Hayworth dances the "Dance of the Seven Veils".
Timothy Bottoms and Jane Seymour lead a talented cast in this two-part story of the life of King David. It begins with his legendary battle with the giant Goliath, and ends with his romance with Bathsheba and struggle to preserve Israel. The story of David is a legendary saga of a man after God's own heart.
He's faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound - but do Superman's superpowers make sense outside of his fictional world when studied in a real-life lab? "Science of Superman" interviews the experts and uses highlights from comic books, television and film to examine the science behind the Man of Steel's extraordinary powers.
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