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The Ten Commandments (1956)

aka The Ten Commandments

"The Greatest Event in Motion Picture History"

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Details: 220 mins · English · G (USA)

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Cast:

Small Moses
Small Nofretete
Small Ramses
Small Dathan
Small Sephora
Small Lilia
Small Bithiah
Small Yochabel
Small Memnet
Small Baka
Small Aaron
Small Jannes
Small Abiram
Small Pentaur
Small Sethi
Small Joshua
No_movie_poster Miriam
Small Jethro
Small Mered
Small Hur Ben Caleb
Small King of Ethiopia
Small Korah's Wife
Small Commander of the Hosts
Small Sardinian Captain
No_movie_poster Old Hebrew
Small Taskmaster
No_movie_poster Hebrew at Rameses' Gate
Small Chariot Driver
Small Trojan Ambassador
No_movie_poster Court Lady
No_movie_poster Hebrew at Dathan's Tent / Old Man
No_movie_poster Egyptian Guard
No_movie_poster Attendant
Small Spearman / Hebrew at Golden Calf
No_movie_poster Slave
Small Nefertari
Small Amalekite Herder
Small Ramesses II
Small John Derek

Crew:

No_movie_poster Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer
Small Cecil B. DeMille Director
No_movie_poster Loyal Griggs Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Jesse Lasky Jr. Screenplay
No_movie_poster J.H. Ingraham Novel
No_movie_poster A.E. Southon Novel
No_movie_poster Dorothy Clarke Wilson Novel
No_movie_poster Æneas MacKenzie Screenplay
No_movie_poster Jack Gariss Screenplay
No_movie_poster Anne Bauchens Editor
No_movie_poster Bert McKay Casting
No_movie_poster Fredric M. Frank Screenplay
Small Cecil B. DeMille Production
No_movie_poster Dorothy Clarke Wilson Story Contributor

Taglines:

"The Greatest Event in Motion Picture History"

Plot:

The Egyptian Pharaoh (Ramesses I) has ordered the death of all firstborn Hebrew males, but a Hebrew woman ("Yoshebel") sets her infant son adrift on the Nile in order to save him. The infant is rescued from the Nile by an Egyptian princess ("Bithiah") who decides to adopt the boy even though her servant ("Memnet") recognizes that the child is Hebrew and protests.


As a young man, Prince Moses becomes a successful general, claiming victory in a war with the Nubians of Ethiopia and then entering Egypt into an alliance with them. Moses loves Nefretiri (she loves him), who is the "throne princess" and must marry the next Pharaoh. An incident occurs when an elderly woman, who is greasing the ground for the pillar of stone to move easier, is almost crushed to death when her scarf gets caught under the slab of stone, prompting Moses to scold overseer Baka. Moses frees the elderly woman from her dangerous chore, not realizing that the elderly woman was his natural mother Yoshebel. While working on the building of a treasure city for Pharaoh Seti I's Jubilee, Moses meets the stonecutter Joshua, who tells him of the Hebrew God.


Moses institutes numerous reforms concerning the treatment of the slaves on the project, and eventually Prince Rameses charges Moses with planning an insurrection, pointing out that the slaves are calling Moses the "Deliverer" of prophecy. Moses defends himself against the charges, arguing that he is simply making his workers more productive by making them stronger and happier and proves his point with the impressive progress he is making. During this time, Rameses has been charged by his father (Seti) with finding out whether there really is a Hebrew fitting the description of the Deliverer.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1956-10-05 : United States of America

DVD : 1999-03-30