The Ten Commandments - Special Collector's Edition (1956)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Judith Anderson
Anne Baxter Nefertiti
Yul Brynner Rameses
John Carradine
Yvonne de Carlo Sephora
John Derek Joshua
Nina Foch Bithiah
Edward G. Robinson Dathan
Cedric Hardwicke Sethi
Charlton Heston Moses
Debra Paget Lilia
Vincent Price
Martha Scott Yochabel
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Drama
Director Cecil B. DeMille; Cecil B. De Mille
Writer J.H. Ingraham; A.E. Southon; Jesse Lasky, Jr.; Aenas MacKenzie
Studio Paramount Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating G (General Audience)
Running Time 219 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.7
Plot
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 pharoah's 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 Pharoah's 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 Pharoah's court, warning that he's had a message from God and that the Egyptians had better free the Hebrews post-haste if they know what's 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. "Where's 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, DeMille's 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 who's to say that Nefertiri (Anne Baxter) didn't make speeches like, "Oh, Moses, Moses, you splendid, stubborn, adorable fool"? — Hal Erickson
Personal Details
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Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 097361550879
Release Date 4/1/2003
Subtitles English
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen