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Wholly Moses! (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy | 13 June 1980 (USA)
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:

Gary Weis

Writer:

Guy Thomas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Moore ... Harvey / Herschel
Laraine Newman ... Zoey / Zerelda
James Coco ... Hyssop
Paul Sand ... Angel Of The Lord
Jack Gilford ... Tailor
Dom DeLuise ... Shadrach
John Houseman ... Archangel
Madeline Kahn ... Sorceress
David L. Lander ... Beggar
Richard Pryor ... Pharaoh
John Ritter ... Devil
Richard B. Shull ... Jethro
Tanya Boyd ... Princess
William Watson ... Bandit
Sam Weisman ... Talent Coordinator
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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>

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Wholly Moses! What a cast! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Trivia

The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 3rd Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1980. See more »

Quotes

Zerelda: Hey everbody! My husband, he's just talked with God. Come here! He's doing God now. He's doing God, just talked to him. Ok, go ahead, do it.
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Crazy Credits

Cast members Dom DeLuise, John Houseman, Madeline Kahn, David L. Lander, Richard Pryor, and John Ritter all received 'special appearance' credits. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Ten Commandments (1956) See more »

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Very funny although disjointed
20 July 2005 | by MichealanaheimSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Book of Herschel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,625,280, 15 June 1980

Gross USA:

$14,155,617

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,155,617
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Company Credits

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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