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Wholly Moses! (1980)

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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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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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 the legend of King David's biblical story (though unlike in the movie David wins not Goliath). 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). Moreover, Herschel's former job for the Pharaoh is a reference to Joseph (though unlike Herschel, Joseph's predictions were accurate to the point that he was even rewarded by the Pharaoh due to their significance). 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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Very funny although disjointed
20 July 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Probably inspired by Life of Brain this film gives an account of Mozes' brother-in-law. His life is somewhat similar to that of Mozes. He floats in an ark at exactly the same time as Mozes. He marries a sister of Mozes wife. He stands just around the corner when god speaks to Mozes and thinks he is addressing him. So he tries to do the same as Mozes without much success. In the end he is the writer of the commandments which are based on his own life experiences. The film plays fast and loose with the Bible to convey only one message: Don't take your religion more seriously than your particular god does. He may be more of a prankster than you are. The film feels like a couple of skits woven together. Which makes for a couple of jolting breaks between scenes. However, in this time of people taking religion much too serious again, this really is a breath of fresh air.


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