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Wholly Moses! (1980)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, History  |  13 June 1980 (USA)
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Harvey and Zoey, two tourists travelling through Israel, discover an ancient scroll describing the life of Herschel, the man who was almost Moses. Herschel receives the command from God to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Orchid / Herschel
Zoey / Zerelda
God's Angel
The Archangel
The Witch
The Beggar
Richard B. Shull ...
Tanya Boyd ...
William Watson ...
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Harvey and Zoey, two tourists travelling through Israel, discover an ancient scroll describing the life of Herschel, the man who was almost Moses. Herschel receives the command from God to free his people from Egyptian slavery, but Moses keeps blundering by and taking all the credit. Several other biblical stories, such as Lot and his wife, David and Goliath, and the miracles of Jesus, are also parodied in this story of the life of a man trying to follow the path to God, but somehow always seeming to lose his way. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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The story of Herschel. He wanted to be Moses...but he didn't have the right connections.


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13 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Book of Herschel  »

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In general, Herschel's life story is similar with Moses. But at some point in the movie, there are also plots which are associated with other biblical characters from the Old testament . For example the fight against the giant is known as part of King David's story( though unlike in the movie David won ). The scene that was set in New Sodom and the fate of Herschel's wife is similar to the story of Lot (though in the Bible the plan to destroy Sodom was announced to Lot by an angel deliberately, not by an accident ). Also, Herschel's former job for the Pharo was a reference to Joseph( though unlike Herschel, Joseph's predictions were accurate to the point that he was even rewarded by the pharo due to its significance ). See more »


Zoey: Hey everyone. My husband is going to do God now. He just met him. He's doing God.
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Really VERY funny
14 July 2004 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

The other reviewer obviously has no sense of humor. This is satire at it's funniest. Before her wedding, her sister told her that she and her Hershel would do what sheep do in the field. So, Zorelda went "baaaa" to her new husband. When Hershel found her in Sodomm, in her room were a pair of the giant's shorts hanging to dry...the size of a picture window. When Zorelda is turned into a pillar of salt, Hershel carries her around, then introduces her to his father, who immediately covers her with a cloth so his daughter-in-law won't get chipped. Richard Pryor as Pharroh is hilarious. And so is John Ritter as the Devil. And we even have a barbershop quartet clad in red and white striped togas. This is a fine cast of award-winning actors and actresses, and it's well worth your time to see it.

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