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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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Harvey Orchid / Herschel
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Zoey / Zerelda
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Hyssop
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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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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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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One of two biblical comedies from 1980 which were both made and first released about a year after the box-office success of Monty Python's 1979 Biblical spoof Life of Brian (1979). The two pictures, Wholly Moses! (1980) and In God We Tru$t (1980) were, unlike the Python film, commercial and critical failures. See more »

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Zoey: Hey everyone. My husband is going to do God now. He just met him. He's doing God.
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Dudley Moore does Life of Brian
2 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another British comedian takes on the Bible with similarly funny results. If you enjoy satirical pseudo-biblically based films, then you can't go wrong with Wholly Moses!

Dudley Moore plays Hershel, a Jewish boy who lives his whole life in the shadow of the biblical figure, and his own brother in law, Moses. Some very funny bits, and as i said before along the lines of Life of Brian and as others have said Mel Brooks' History of the World. Parodying several bible stories, this film is not as funny as LoB, but it's still a very enjoyable film. Stand out performances from Moore, Richard Pryor, Laraine Newman, Dom DeLuise, and including John Ritter as Satan.


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