Moses by Roger M. Young |Ben Kingsley, Frank Langella, David Suchet | 826663165098 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Moses

Moses

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Director: Roger M. Young

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Frank Langella, David Suchet

     
 

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The life of the reluctant Old Testament prophet is told in this made-for-television biblical drama. When the Pharaoh Ramses calls for the death of all Hebrew children, a mother puts her son Moses in a basket and sends him down the Nile to save his life. The baby is found by a princess and raised as the heir to the family throne. Called upon by God, the hesitant Moses

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The life of the reluctant Old Testament prophet is told in this made-for-television biblical drama. When the Pharaoh Ramses calls for the death of all Hebrew children, a mother puts her son Moses in a basket and sends him down the Nile to save his life. The baby is found by a princess and raised as the heir to the family throne. Called upon by God, the hesitant Moses (Ben Kingsley) accepts the challenge to lead his enslaved people out of Egypt for what becomes a 40-year journey into the promised land. This extravagant production was nominated for the "Outstanding Mini-Series" Emmy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Ben Kingsley portrays a very human Moses in this worthy production about the Old Testament figure. Unlike the heroic Moses of Charlton Heston in Cecil B. DeMille's lavish 1954 motion picture The Ten Commandments, the Moses of Kingsley in this Roger Young TV miniseries is ordinary, flawed, even timid at times. He stammers before Pharaoh. He cringes before the burning bush. He begs God not to bind him to the task of liberating the Jews. He anguishes at the report that only he survived the slaughter of first-born Jewish males. But Moses carries on, summoning a resolve born of his faith, as Kingsley demonstrates convincingly. Kingsley's Indian and Jewish heritage works well for him in Moses. Bearded and dark-skinned, with jet black hair, he looks the part of a Middle Eastern holy man. That he lacks the sinew and stature of Heston only enhances his performance, for his deeds become all the more impressive by comparison to his appearance. Christopher Lee and Frank Langella, though both wholly occidental, make fine father and son pharaohs -- haughty, uncompromising surrogates of Egypt's supreme being, Ra. Perhaps their acting background (each having once portrayed Dracula) gave them special insight into the undercurrents of the soul that can capsize a man's humanity. For the most part, the rest of the actors also perform with distinction. Although the film eschews the pomp and splendor of the 1954 DeMille production, it does use special effects to advantage when the time comes to part the Red Sea or turn a wooden rod into a cobra. All daytime scenes are tinted in amber, like Egypt and the Middle Eastern landscape. Night scenes take on a bluish patina. But there is a similarity between the colorful DeMille production and this one: God speaks to Moses in a deep, resonant voice. Perhaps He liked this production just as much as the earlier one.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2016
UPC:
0826663165098
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
NR
Source:
Shout Factory
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
5,539

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Kingsley Moses
Frank Langella Memefta
David Suchet Aaron
Christopher Lee Ramses
Anna Galiena Ptira
Enrico Lo Verso Joshua
Geraldine McEwan Miriam
Maurice Roeves Zerack
Anthony Higgins Korah
Philip Stone Jethro
Anton Lesser Eliav
Anita Zagaria Jochabed
Dudley Sutton High priest
Federico Pacifici Hur
Urbano Barberini Nahbi
James Wilson Memefta (15 years)
Mark Lewis Guard
Loris Loddi Martial arts officer
Vincenzo Ricotta Midan
Franco Salamon Man 1
Sarah Thomas Midwife
Amy Werba Woman on bank

Technical Credits
Roger Young Director
Renato Agostini Special Effects
Paolo Biagetti Production Designer
Lionel Chetwynd Screenwriter
Marco Frisina Score Composer
Raffaele Mertes Cinematographer
Lorenzo Minoli Producer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Gerald F. Rafshoon Executive Producer
Enrico Sabbatini Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Benjamin A. Weissman Editor
Jeremy Zimmerman Casting

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