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The Ten Commandments (1956)

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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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(as Cecil B. de Mille)

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(this work contains material from the book "Prince of Egypt"), (this work contains material from the book "Pillar of Fire") (as Rev. J. H. Ingraham) | 5 more credits »
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To escape the edict of Egypt's Pharaoh, 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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It would take more than a man to lead the slaves from bondage. It would take a God. See more »

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5 October 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prince of Egypt  »

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$13,282,712 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$93,740,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$196,344,381
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1.85 : 1
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Several scenes were matted together from scenes shot on location in Egypt and scenes shot at the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood. When Moses and Sethi watch the Obelisk being raised, the slaves in the background were shot in Egypt, the foreground with Moses and Sethi was shot in Hollywood, and the background pylons were matte paintings. See more »

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As Moses leads the Israelites through the parted Red Sea, he stands on a tall outcropping of rock on the far end, to encourage his followers who are still making the journey through. As his people reach the other side, Pharaoh's forces approach quickly. Moses gives the signal, and the parted Red Sea collapses onto the Egyptian troops, while Pharaoh stands on a nearby rock. The remains of the gigantic wall of water sweep onto the ground, surrounding his position. Two large, obviously fake boulders float on top of the water, landing on the beach on the left of the screen. It could be argued that the force of the onrushing wave merely swept the rocks along. While a large amount of swiftly moving water can change entire landscapes, solid objects such as stone would move along the floor, not on the surface. See more »

Quotes

Moses: Great one, I bring you Ethiopia.
[Trumpets play, the two Ethiopians stepped forward]
Rameses: Command them to kneel before Pharaoh.
Moses: Command what you have conquered, my brother.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits, we see a credit which begins; "Those who see this film - PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY CECIL B. DEMILLE"... and continues in the same style and finishing with: "Based on the writings of (J.H. Ingraham) and THE HOLY SCRIPTURES" See more »


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Song of Joseph
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Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Henry Noerdlinger
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Still does it for me
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Every time it played at our local cinemas I went to see it and sat through it at least twice. I cannot remember how many times I have seen this wonderful movie. I first saw it when I was about 11 and marvelled at it as a spectacle. I wept when Heston wept and rejoiced when he did. As I grew older I came to love Brynner's fantastic performance and lust after Anne Baxter (only better in All About Eve). Cedric Hardwicke, Edward G. and Debra Paget (Hubba Hubba)all impressed me. I was sorry Vincent Price was killed so early - what a great villain. It still demands my attention when it appears on TV. I swear I have seen it enough, but if I catch a glimpse then I have to see it again!! I find it unbelievable that it won almost nothing at the Oscars. At least best Actor for Brynner and best supporting actor for Edward G.!! No costume design? No set design? No Music? A travesty!! See this if you have not already - you are in for a treat- it still stands up. Long but absorbing.


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