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Moses the Lawgiver 

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A biopic of Moses, who found the Ten Commandments and parted the Red Sea.




1975   1974  





Series cast summary:
Irene Papas ...  Zipporah 6 episodes, 1974
Aharon Ipalé ...  Joshua 6 episodes, 1974
Joseph Shiloach ...  Dathan 6 episodes, 1974
Marina Berti ...  Eliseba 6 episodes, 1974
Shmuel Rodensky ...  Jethro 6 episodes, 1974
Mariangela Melato ...  Princess Bithia 6 episodes, 1974
Laurent Terzieff ...  Pharaoh Mernefta 6 episodes, 1974
Bill Lancaster Bill Lancaster ...  Young Moses 6 episodes, 1974
Jacques Herlin ...  Magician 6 episodes, 1974
Galia Kohn Galia Kohn ...  Young Miriam 6 episodes, 1974
Mario Ferrari Mario Ferrari ...  Pharaoh Ramses II 6 episodes, 1974
Simonetta Stefanelli ...  Cotbi 6 episodes, 1974
Melba Englander Melba Englander ...  Mernefta's wife 6 episodes, 1974
Antonio Piovanelli Antonio Piovanelli ...  Koreh 6 episodes, 1974
Paul Muller ...  Mernefta's tutor 6 episodes, 1974
José Quaglio ...  1st Minister 6 episodes, 1974
Umberto Raho ...  2nd Minister 6 episodes, 1974
John Francis Lane John Francis Lane ...  Egyptian Consul 6 episodes, 1974
Paul Varni Paul Varni 6 episodes, 1974
Dina Doron ...  Yokebed 6 episodes, 1974
Giancarlo Badessi Giancarlo Badessi 6 episodes, 1974
Marco Steiner Marco Steiner ...  Young Menerfta 6 episodes, 1974
Yossi Werzansky Yossi Werzansky ...  Eleazer 6 episodes, 1974
Cosimo Cinieri 6 episodes, 1974
Renato Chiantoni 6 episodes, 1974
Amos Tal-Shir ...  Dathan's Henchman 6 episodes, 1974
Haim Bashi Haim Bashi 6 episodes, 1974
Didi Liekov Didi Liekov 6 episodes, 1974
Enzo Fiermonte 6 episodes, 1974
Chaim Banai 6 episodes, 1974
Andrea Aureli 6 episodes, 1974
Percy Hogan Percy Hogan 6 episodes, 1974
Fausto Di Bella Fausto Di Bella 6 episodes, 1974
Mosko Alkalai ...  Amram 6 episodes, 1974
Burt Lancaster ...  Moses 6 episodes, 1974
Anthony Quayle ...  Aaron 6 episodes, 1974
Ingrid Thulin ...  Miriam 6 episodes, 1974
Michele Placido ...  Caleb 5 episodes, 1974


A biopic of Moses, who found the Ten Commandments and parted the Red Sea.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A man of wisdom and strength raised his staff and crushed an empire. This is his story. See more »




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Release Date:

21 June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moses See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sir Lew Grade produced this epic mini-series, he also tried to get Lancaster to appear in his much more ambitious Jesus of Nazareth (1977), also written by Anthony Burgess. See more »


Aaron: [immediately after forging the golden calf at Mount Herob] ... Children of Israel, this which you see here... this is not God. The very idea is absurd! But it will *remind* you of God, each and every day that you pass by it.
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Version of The Prince of Egypt (1998) See more »


Moses Theme
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Gianna Spagnolo & Coro e Orchestra dell'Unione Musicisti Romani
(Main Titles)
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User Reviews

No splashy spectacle
28 October 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The main thing that I liked about Moses The Lawgiver was that it dealt with a lot of what Cecil B. DeMille in his twice told tale failed to cover. A lot of things happened to the Israelites before they're allowed to cross the Jordan into Canaan. DeMille skipped over that whole part of the story. Of course it doesn't have the splashy spectacle that so typifies DeMille, but there's a lot to be said for this made for TV mini-series.

Burt Lancaster as Moses is not the commanding presence nor does he speak in arcane dialog as Charlton Heston did. He leads by persuasion and example and he has more than one reason to think those Hebrews are a 'stiff necked people'. The character of Aaron given short shrift by DeMille is more fully developed and played here by Anthony Quayle.

It was certainly a 20 year trial for Moses leading this bunch. These people did see this man come through for them many times in a crisis and still they carp and complain. Lancaster becomes irritable in a way Heston didn't and wouldn't. It's a more human Moses.

Bible scholars will praise this interpretation of the story, but the masses will still love their DeMille.

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