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Release Date:
21 June 1975 (USA) See more »
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 (Series Cast) (in credits order)

Burt Lancaster ... Moses

Anthony Quayle ... Aaron

Ingrid Thulin ... Miriam

Irene Papas ... Zipporah

Aharon Ipalé ... Joshua
Joseph Shiloach ... Dathan
Marina Berti ... Eliseba
Shmuel Rodensky ... Jethro

Mariangela Melato ... Princess Bithia
Laurent Terzieff ... Pharaoh Mernefta
Bill Lancaster ... Young Moses (as William Lancaster)
Jacques Herlin ... Magician
Galia Kohn
Mario Ferrari ... Pharaoh Ramses II

Simonetta Stefanelli ... Cotbi
Melba Englander ... Mernefta's wife
Antonio Piovanelli ... Koreh
Paul Muller ... Mernefta's tutor
José Quaglio ... 1st Minister
Umberto Raho ... 2nd Minister
John Francis Lane ... Egyptian Consul
Paul Varni
Dina Doron ... Yokebed (as Dina Doronne)
Giancarlo Badessi
Marco Steiner
Yossi Werzansky ... Eleazer (as Yossi Warjansky)
Cosimo Cinieri
Renato Chiantoni
Amos Tal-Shir
Haim Bashi
Didi Liekov
Enzo Fiermonte
Chaim Banai (as Haim Banai)
Andrea Aureli
Percy Hogan
Fausto Di Bella
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mosko Alkalai ... Amram
John Bartha ... Egyptian
Yehuda Efroni

Richard Johnson ... Narrator (voice)
Marne Maitland

Michele Placido ... Caleb

Paul L. Smith
Ettore Arena ... Slave-keeper (1974) (uncredited)
Angelo Boscariol ... Slave-trader (1974) (uncredited)
Roy Boyd ... Various Roles (1974) (voice) (uncredited)
Nisim Gerama ... Man in the Crowd (1974) (uncredited)
Talia Shapira ... Woman in the Tabernacle (1974) (uncredited)

Directed by
Gianfranco De Bosio 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vittorio Bonicelli 
Anthony Burgess 
Gianfranco De Bosio 
Bernardino Zapponi 

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

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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
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Sir Lew Grade produced this epic mini series, he also tried to get Lancaster to appear in his much more ambitious " Jesus of Nazareth ", also written by Anthony Burgess.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 »


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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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