The Ten Commandments
The Greatest Event in Motion Picture History
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- Run Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 24, 2017
- Originally Released: 1956
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson & Yvonne De Carlo|
|Performer:||Debra Paget, John Derek, Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, John Carradine, H.B. Warner & Henry Wilcoxon|
|Directed by||Cecil B. DeMille|
|Edited by||Anne Bauchens|
|Screenwriting by||Æneas MacKenzie, Jesse Lasky, Jr., Jack Gariss & Fredric M. Frank|
|Composition by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Art Direction by||Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler & Albert Nozaki|
|Produced by||Cecil B. DeMille|
|Director of Photography:||Loyal Griggs|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Let my people go!"
- Moses (Charlton Heston) to Pharaoh (Yul Brynner)
Academy Awards 1956 - Best Special Effects
...The prologue has tremendous sweep and scale...
Los Angeles Times
What makes this film work - something that religious films recently have completely lost the thread of - is that it's not a sermon. It appeals by being compelling regardless of your religious allegiances. Full Review
DeMille remains conventional with the motion picture as an art form. The eyes of the onlooker are filled with spectacle. Emotional tug is sometimes lacking. Full Review
Rating: B+ -- DeMille's last film (he died in 1959) is also his biggest, most spectacular epic, excessive and lurid, displaying him as a showman--must see for Hollywood students Full Review
It's the gigantic vulgarity, the obsessive righteousness of the director himself, which keeps the show on the road and suffuses the movie with its daft power.
...Laughs, thrills, and a cheap, secular sort of wonderment....Genuinely dramatic work... -- Rating: B+
There is no other picture like it. There will be none. If it could be summed up in a word, the word would be sublime. And the man responsible for that, when all is said and done is Cecil B. DeMille. Full Review
This spectacular biblical epic from legendary showman Cecil B. DeMille tells the story of Moses from his infancy to the triumphant moment when he led the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt. The film begins as the pharaoh's daughter (Yvonne De Carlo) discovers the abandoned infant Moses and takes him to the shelter of her family. Charlton Heston stars as the young man raised by the pharaoh as an Egyptian prince. Moses is righteous and kind, the favored successor to the kingdom, which results in the deep-seated jealousy of Prince Rameses (Yul Brynner). Rameses and Moses compete for the throne and the love of the young princess, Nefretiri (Anne Baxter), until Moses learns the truth about his origins and joins the Jewish slaves in their fight for freedom. After receiving the Ten Commandments from God, Moses helps free the Jews from the pharaoh's tyrannical rule, surmounting all obstacles in his way--including the parting of the Red Sea, in one of the movie's most famous scenes. Cecil B. DeMille's extravagant final film--and remake of his silent 1923 version--is a legendary combination of the master showman's love of historical realism, spectacle, lavish scenic design, and dizzying crowd sequences. The exodus alone is a stunning feat of modern cinema, featuring thousands of actors trekking through the arid desert as Pharaoh's chariots chase after them.
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- This 1956 extravaganza is Cecil B. DeMille's remake of his own 1923 film. It was his final film.
- THE TEN COMMANDMENTS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999.
- The infant Moses is portrayed by Fraser Heston, Charlton's real-life son.
- In July 1995, the fiberglass tablets (containing the commandments) that Charlton Heston carried in the film were auctioned off for $81,700 at Christie's.
- Cecil B. DeMille also appears in a brief prologue discussing the film.
- In HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART ONE, Mel Brooks, portraying Moses, comes down from the mountain with three tablets containing 15 commandments but drops one of them.