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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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The Archangel
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The Witch
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The Beggar
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Richard B. Shull ...
Tanya Boyd ...
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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 <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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A number of the cast were known for appearing in the comedy films of Mel Brooks. These included Dom DeLuise, Richard Pryorand Madeline Kahn. 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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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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An entertaining satirical comedy to relax and tickle you.
27 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really liked this movie! It's a light satirical comedy. It doesn't try to be academy award material with a heavy story, overpowering special effects, or raw suspense, that seem to be the requirement to impress critics today. This movie achieves its goal very well; a couple of hours of zany humor. The comedic acting is very good, with a notable scene by Richard Pryor as Pharaoh. I really enjoyed Dudley Moore, Laraine Newman, and James Coco in this movie. There are also several funny celebrity cameos. The directing, film editing, camera work, and soundtrack were also very good. The humor has occasional adult content. If you want a break from heavy Hollywood blockbusters, and just want to enjoy an afternoon of chuckles and light humor, I recommend this movie.


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