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Harvey Orchid / Herschel
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Zoey / Zerelda
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Hyssop
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God's Angel
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Tailor
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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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13 June 1980 (USA)  »

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According to Wikipedia, "On the final day of shooting, Richard Pryor who was signed to do a one-day cameo as the Pharaoh didn't show up. With production at a complete standstill, frantic calls were made. There was even some talk of replacing him with Cleavon Little. Several hours later, that afternoon Pryor finally appeared but then refused to play the scene as written with a trained lion by his throne". 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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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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