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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bustin' Loose (1981)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Joe Braxton is an ex-con who has been given a second chance to freedom after violating his probation. He has been hired by a school teacher named Vivian Perry to repair and drive an old ... See full summary »

Directors: Oz Scott, Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, Angel Ramirez Jr.
Car Wash (1976)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Car Wash is about a close-knit group of employees who one day have all manner of strange visitors coming onto their forecourt, including Richard Pryor as a preaching 'wonder-man' who is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Darrow Igus
Moving (1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Arlo accepts what seems to him to be a dream promotion to Idaho. He soon discovers, however, that moving has its own share of problems.

Director: Alan Metter
Stars: Richard Pryor, Beverly Todd, Stacey Dash
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Raised in a Trappist monastery, the innocent Brother Ambrose sets out to find money to save the bankrupt monastery. His education in worldliness is provided by a hooker. He eventually ... See full summary »

Director: Marty Feldman
Stars: Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Louise Lasser
Stir Crazy (1980)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Set up and wrongfully accused, two best friends will be sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit, however, no prison cell can keep them locked in.

Director: Sidney Poitier
Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A Vietnam vet returns home from a prisoner of war camp and is greeted as a hero, but is quickly forgotten and soon discovers how tough survival is in his own country.

Director: Michael Pressman
Stars: Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, Ray Sharkey
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
Director: Romell Foster-Owens
Stars: Flynn Belaine, Cal Wilson, Reynaldo Rey
10 (1979)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A Hollywood lyricist goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Dudley Moore, Bo Derek, Julie Andrews
Foul Play (1978)
Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

Director: Colin Higgins
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith
Adiós Amigo (1976)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A cowboy's crimes are blamed on another man.

Director: Fred Williamson
Stars: Fred Williamson, Richard Pryor, James Brown
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Russell Mulcahy (of "Highlander" fame) films British comedy luminaries Peter Cook and Dudley Moore recording their last comedy album featuring two of their most beloved characters, lavatory... See full summary »

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Richard Branson
Action | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing driver to win an upper tier NASCAR race.

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, Pam Grier
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Harvey Orchid / Herschel
...
Zoey / Zerelda
...
Hyssop
...
God's Angel
...
Tailor
...
...
The Archangel
...
The Witch
...
The Beggar
...
...
Richard B. Shull ...
Tanya Boyd ...
Princess
William Watson ...
Bandit
...
Talent Coordinator
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Book of Herschel  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

'Time Out' called this movie "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Promised Land" which was a joke title that was a spoof of another ancient comedy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966). See more »

Quotes

Zoey: Hey everyone. My husband is going to do God now. He just met him. He's doing God.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Widescreen Version? king0mars2
Favourite Quotes Ikillthreads
Zoey Ikillthreads
Video review of this movie ThatMOVIENut
Pharaoh's daughter meisterburger23
Discuss Wholly Moses! (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?