The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

Cecil B DeMille (1956)

222min
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Review

Our Score
This masterpiece of heroic vulgarity represents the Hollywood epic at the peak of its all-American powers. Cecil B DeMille's remake of his 1923 silent movie, about the life of Moses and his leadership of the Israelites in their exodus from Egypt, adds over an hour to his first telling of the story, but, with untypical restraint, sticks to the original total of just ten commandments. It's a movie to savour, less for the sparkle of its dialogue or the complexity of its characterisations than for the sheer magnificence of its set pieces and its casual deployment of 25,000 extras at the drop of a tablet. But was Moses the muscular hero Charlton Heston portrays him to be, or does DeMille's biblical vista only extend as far as a certain Michelangelo statue?

Summary

Egyptian prince Moses discovers his real roots are Hebrew after being banished from the land by his jealous half-brother. He returns from exile on a quest to free his people from enslavement by the new pharaoh, and warns of terrifying consequences if the ruler fails to let his people go. Cecil B DeMille's biblical epic, starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Edward G Robinson and Anne Baxter.

Cast & Crew

Moses Charlton Heston
Rameses Yul Brynner
Nefretiri Anne Baxter
Dathan Edward G Robinson
Sephora Yvonne De Carlo
Lilia Debra Paget
Joshua John Derek
Bithiah Nina Foch
Aaron John Carradine
Baka Vincent Price
Sethi Cedric Hardwicke
Yochabel Martha Scott
Memnet Judith Anderson
Miriam Olive Deering
Jannes Douglass Dumbrille
Infant Moses Fraser C Heston
King of Ethiopia Woody Strode
Narrator Cecil B DeMille
Director Cecil B DeMille
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama