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MPAA Rating - G

Length:
    220 Minutes

Genre:
    Epic

Original Release Date:
    Mar 30, 1999

Director
    Cecil B. DeMille

Cast
    James Coburn, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo

 
Movie Summary
Based on the Holy Scriptures, with additional dialogue by several other hands, The Ten Commandments was the last film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The story relates the life of Moses, from the time he was discovered in the bullrushes as an infant by the pharoahs daughter, to his long, hard struggle to free the Hebrews from their slavery at the hands of the Egyptians. Moses (Charlton Heston) starts out in solid as Pharoahs adopted son (and a whiz at designing pyramids, dispensing such construction-site advice as Blood makes poor mortar), but when he discovers his true Hebrew heritage, he attempts to make life easier for his people. Banished by his jealous half-brother Rameses (Yul Brynner), Moses returns fully bearded to Pharoahs court, warning that hes had a message from God and that the Egyptians had better free the Hebrews post-haste if they know whats good for them. Only after the Deadly Plagues have decimated Egypt does Rameses give in. As the Hebrews reach the Red Sea, they discover that Rameses has gone back on his word and plans to have them all killed. But Moses rescues his people with a little Divine legerdemain by parting the Seas. Later, Moses is again confronted by God on Mt. Sinai, who delivers unto him the Ten Commandments. Meanwhile, the Hebrews, led by the duplicitous Dathan (Edward G. Robinson), are forgetting their religion and behaving like libertines. Wheres your Moses now? brays Dathan in the manner of a Lower East Side gangster. He soon finds out. A remake of his 1923 silent film, DeMilles The Ten Commandments may not be the most subtle and sophisticated entertainment ever concocted, but it tells its story with a clarity and vitality that few Biblical scholars have ever been able to duplicate. It is very likely the most eventful 219 minutes ever recorded to film--and whos to say that Nefertiri (Anne Baxter) didnt make speeches like, Oh, Moses, Moses, you splendid, stubborn, adorable fool? ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


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