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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 »

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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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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,155,617
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Pryor: As the Pharaoh. 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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Delbert McClinton (1981) See more »

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You have this movie to thank for Mel's, "History of the World: Part One!"
3 March 2006 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

This was a cute movie. That's about all I really can say for the movie itself. It was witty without being clever. It was amusing without being downright funny. It was neither cutting edge nor creatively inspired (George Burns starred in Oh, God! in 1977). But after nearly thirty years of being preached at (The Ten Commandments by Cecil B. DeMille in 1956, and on and on), it was nice to be able to sit back and laugh about something most people get totally uptight over.

From this release in 1980, we received Mel Brooks's, "History of the World, Part One." Now I'm not saying that Brooks copied this, or ripped it off. It is obvious that he did not do either of those. These are two totally different movies about different issues.

Wholly Moses is about Moses's "brother," Hershel (an invention) and is set during Biblical times. History of the World Pt1 is just that: a very witty take on the ancient history of the world. While sometimes they do cross paths, they never run completely parallel.

While I absolutely LOVE HotW1, I still enjoy watching Hershel dork his way through life.

If you enjoyed History of the World, you may enjoy this one.

It rates a 4.8/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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