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Irene Papas ... Zipporah (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Aharon Ipalé ... Joshua (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Joseph Shiloach ... Dathan (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Marina Berti ... Eliseba (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Shmuel Rodensky ... Jethro (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Mariangela Melato ... Princess Bithia (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Laurent Terzieff ... Pharaoh Mernefta (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Bill Lancaster ... Young Moses (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Jacques Herlin ... Magician (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Galia Kohn (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Mario Ferrari ... Pharaoh Ramses II (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Simonetta Stefanelli ... Cotbi (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Melba Englander ... Mernefta's wife (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Antonio Piovanelli ... Koreh (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Paul Muller ... Mernefta's tutor (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
José Quaglio ... 1st Minister (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Umberto Raho ... 2nd Minister (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Francis Lane ... Egyptian Consul (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Paul Varni (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Dina Doron ... Yokebed (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Giancarlo Badessi (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Marco Steiner (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Yossi Werzansky ... Eleazer (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Cosimo Cinieri (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Renato Chiantoni (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Amos Tal-Shir ... Dathan's Henchman (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Haim Bashi (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Didi Liekov (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Enzo Fiermonte (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Chaim Banai (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Andrea Aureli (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Percy Hogan (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Fausto Di Bella (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Mosko Alkalai ... Amram (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Burt Lancaster ... Moses (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Anthony Quayle ... Aaron (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Ingrid Thulin ... Miriam (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Series Directed by
Gianfranco De Bosio (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Writing credits
Vittorio Bonicelli (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Anthony Burgess (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gianfranco De Bosio (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Bernardino Zapponi (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

Series Produced by
Bernard J. Kingham .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Vincenzo Labella .... producer (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Original Music by
Ennio Morricone (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Cinematography by
Marcello Gatti (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Film Editing by
Peter Boita (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Alberto Gallitti (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
John D. Guthridge (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gerry Hambling (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Art Direction by
Pier Luigi Basile (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Costume Design by
Enrico Sabbatini (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Globus .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Nissim Levy .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Art Department
Giovanni Natalucci .... set designer (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Sound Department
Eddy Joseph .... sound editor (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Lionel Strutt .... re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Special Effects by
Mario Bava .... special effects (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Adolfo Bartoli .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giovanni Viti .... assistant costume designer (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Editorial Department
Giorgio De Vincenzo .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Noel Rogers .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Dov Seltzer .... composer: songs and dance music (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gianna Spagnolo .... singer: (main theme / singer: main theme (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Other crew
Oshra El Kayam .... choreographer (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Ken Globus .... dialogue director (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Alicia Rivera Frankl .... production accountant (6 episodes, 1974-1975)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Moses" - USA (theatrical title)
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UK:141 min (theatrical version) | USA:360 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:12 (video rating) | UK:A (1975) | USA:PG
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Did You Know?

Just as Charlton Heston's son Fraser played the infant Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956), Burt Lancaster's son Bill (as William) plays Moses as a young man.See more »
Aaron:[immediately after forging the golden calf at Mount Herob] ... Children of Israel, this which you see here... this is not God. The very idea is absurd! But it will *remind* you of God, each and every day that you pass by it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Ten Commandments (1923)See more »
Moses ThemeSee more »


film location and date confusion
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
No splashy spectacle, 28 October 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The main thing that I liked about Moses The Lawgiver was that it dealt with a lot of what Cecil B. DeMille in his twice told tale failed to cover. A lot of things happened to the Israelites before they're allowed to cross the Jordan into Canaan. DeMille skipped over that whole part of the story. Of course it doesn't have the splashy spectacle that so typifies DeMille, but there's a lot to be said for this made for TV mini-series.

Burt Lancaster as Moses is not the commanding presence nor does he speak in arcane dialog as Charlton Heston did. He leads by persuasion and example and he has more than one reason to think those Hebrews are a 'stiff necked people'. The character of Aaron given short shrift by DeMille is more fully developed and played here by Anthony Quayle.

It was certainly a 20 year trial for Moses leading this bunch. These people did see this man come through for them many times in a crisis and still they carp and complain. Lancaster becomes irritable in a way Heston didn't and wouldn't. It's a more human Moses.

Bible scholars will praise this interpretation of the story, but the masses will still love their DeMille.

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