A retelling of the bible story. Pharaoh Ramses decrees the death of all Hebrew children, but Moses, placed in a basket in the Nile by his mother, is taken by a royal princess and raised as ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ...  Moses
Frank Langella ...  Mermefta
Christopher Lee ...  Ramses
Anna Galiena ...  Ptira
Enrico Lo Verso ...  Joshua
David Suchet ...  Aaron
Maurice Roëves ...  Zerack
Anthony Higgins ...  Korach
Philippe Leroy ...  Tuntmin (as Philippe Le Roy)
Philip Stone ...  Jethro
Anton Lesser ...  Eliav
Anita Zagaria Anita Zagaria ...  Jochabed
Dudley Sutton ...  High priest
Federico Pacifici Federico Pacifici ...  Hur
Urbano Barberini ...  Nahbi
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A retelling of the bible story. Pharaoh Ramses decrees the death of all Hebrew children, but Moses, placed in a basket in the Nile by his mother, is taken by a royal princess and raised as the brother of the heir to the throne of Egypt, Memefta. Moses is called by God to lead his people from Egypt to the promised land. A very reluctant prophet, feeling unworthy of the call, Moses accepts the task. After a series of plagues Memefta agrees to let the Hebrews go. With second thoughts, he pursues them to annihilation of his army in the parting of the Red Sea. Starvation is averted by manna from heaven, the ten commandments are given the people through Moses, they go astray with worship of the golden calf. Forty years of wandering in the wilderness, until finally they reach what will be their home (which Moses lives to see but not to enter). Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Official Sites:

Five Mile River Films

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English

Release Date:

7 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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Agadir, Morocco See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.33 : 1
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The last film of Philip Stone. See more »

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Moses: The Lord has spoken.
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Follows Genesis: The Creation and the Flood (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Background music
Organized by Enrico de Melis
Performed by Orchestra Sinfonica A. M. O. di R.
Conducted by Marco Frisina
Chorus - Accademia Polifonica de Roma
Directed by Fabrizio Barchi
Paola Cecchi - solo voice
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The whole Moses story from his troublesome beginning to the end of his life.
3 January 2015 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is probably the most beautiful of all the Moses films, and the poor colors of the film is rather an asset to its substance and character than a failure, like a sepia haze veiling the whole film in desert colors. Ben Kingsley makes a very different Moses from Burt Lancaster and Charlton Heston, much more human and sensitive, which could be nearer to the truth. His doubts and shortcomings are more convincing than Charlton Heston's icon and Burt Lancaster's authoritarian hardness. Like in "Moses the Lawgiver" with Burt Lancaster, Aaron is here given an important prominence and is impressively played by David Suchet, who almost transcends Ben Kingsley. Pharaoh is impressively played by Frank Langella and couldn't be more convincing, although, just like in "Moses the Lawgiver", he is entirely wrong. Ramses II was the Pharaoh at the time, Merenphtah ruled only for a short time after his death as an already old man, and Yul Brunner remains the best Pharaoh on film in "The Ten Commandments", which by general consent remains the best Moses film even after almost 60 years. Ennio Morricone succeeds even better in this film with the music than he did in the Burt Lancaster version, it guilds and caresses every scene in perfect moods and colors and adds to the very sensitive portrayal of the Moses complexities, which remain inexplicable to this day. This is perhaps the only Moses film to really love.


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