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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

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(this work contains material from the book "Prince of Egypt"), (this work contains material from the book "Pillar of Fire"), 5 more credits »
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To escape the edict of Egypt's Pharoah, Rameses I, condemning all newborn Hebrew males, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri, as well as the hatred of Seti's son, Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. In Egypt, Moses' fiercest enemy proves to be not Rameses, but someone near to him who can 'harden his heart'. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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5 October 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los diez mandamientos  »

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$13,282,712 (estimated)

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$80,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

As a publicity stunt, Cecil B. DeMille had public displays and monuments of the Ten Commandments erected around the country. Known as "decalogues," most of them were placed in, on, or near government buildings. See more »

Goofs

When Moses was standing on the rock with the Ten Commandments tablets in his hands, he pointed to the Hebrews and said "Blasphemers! Idolaters!", but his lips never opened. See more »

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Joshua: Here! Water lily!
Lilia: My name is Lilia.
Joshua: To me you are a lily, and I want water.
Lilia: Joshua. Joshua, I thought you'd never come down.
Joshua: Water before love, my girl.
Lilia: Does it take the whole Nile to quench your thirst?
Joshua: No, just your lips.
Lilia: Be careful, my love. Dathan's eyes can see through stone.
Joshua: Dathan is a vulture, feeding on the flesh of his own people.
Lilia: When he looks at me, I am afraid.
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This film does not end with the credit "The End", but with the written line "So it was written, so it shall be done". See more »

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Underrated Classic
31 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The parting of the red sea! The confrontation at Mount Sinai! This movie is full of spectacular scenes and images! De Mille truly was a great filmmaker. His powerful imagination is evident in the Ten Commandments. This is his masterpiece. It carries you along on an epic adventure that is as big as the old testament. It captures the ancient, epic feel of the original Bible story. It has several stunning performances that could have easily been cheesy and fake, but are convincing and fascinating. Some say that the dialog is campy. I don't think so. I've seen this movie many times and have never thought so. It's nothing like the terrible dialog in Plan 9 From Outer Space from the same decade. The romance may be a cliché now, but it was quite original when it first came out and is still interesting. I personally don't like romance, so the fact that I wasn't bothered by this one is really saying something. This marvelous story is wonderfully told by De Mille and I would strongly recommend it.


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