The first part tells the story of Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land, his receipt of the tablets and the worship of the golden calf. The second part shows the efficacy ... See full summary »
Cecil B. DeMille
Charles de Rochefort,
Mary Magdalene becomes angry when Judas, now a follower of Jesus, won't come to her feast. She goes to see Jesus and becomes repentant. From there the Bible story unfolds through the ... See full summary »
Cecil B. DeMille
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
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Last film directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, who, despite his fame and success for numerous Biblical spectacular films, won his only competitive Oscar for producing The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and not for any of his signature costume epics. He also won an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1950. See more »
The Red Sea changed color many times while being parted. Perhaps, this is due to the blue screen process, color-timing errors, or print degradation, but at times it appears blue, green, and even gray in color. When later remastered (for TV and DVD) the Red Sea became deep blue in color without a hint of green in it. See more »
Did you lose your head, my sweet?
I sent you to Goshen to bring me the head of the jackal who would free the slaves. Where is it?
The slaves do not need a deliver now. They have Moses.
Is that a riddle?
He gives them the priests' grain and one day in seven to rest. They call it "The Day of Moses."
[as if it is a holiday]
This man makes himself a god.
I prefer him as a man.
You would prefer him as Pharaoh.
Are you afraid of Moses?
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The Paramount mountain was replaced with Mount Sinai and the sky is red, also. See more »
What was the Academy of Motion Pictures thinking in 1956? Outrageous that 10 Commandments lost to Around the World in 80 Days.
The entire cast should have been nominated for Oscars. Here is how I see it: Best Actor: Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner
Best Actress: Anne Baxter
Best supporting actor: Edward G. Robinson,Cedric Hardwicke John Derek, Vincent Price. Best Supporting Actress: Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Debra Paget.
Shockingly, no one in the stellar cast received acting nominations. Only the lord knows why.
Yes, as my rabbi pointed out many years ago, the alleged romance between the Egyptian queen and Moses was overplayed. However, it can't take away from the magnificent acting and quality of this totally absorbing movie.
They just don't make movies as great as this one anymore. They'd never have actors and actresses to replace the above great people.
In 1956, Brynner did win the best actor Oscar for The King and I. He was far better here. Though, the award should have gone to Kirk Douglas for Lust for Life. Douglas losing, Ten Commandments losing, any message to be learned here? As for the film itself, it should serve as a pre-requisite for those in the industry who wish to make biblical epics. The sets were absolutely lavishing. I guess that opulent would be the best word to describe them. Who can ever forget the dialogue? Remember those princely plots. What alliteration! They just don't open the Red Sea like that anymore.
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