Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments

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Director: Cecil B. DeMille

Cast: Cecil B. DeMille, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter

     
 

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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 fromSee more details below

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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"?

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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Ten Commandments was the final film in the five-decade career of legendary producer/director Cecil B. DeMille and, despite its flaws, it remains a primary example of combining high production values and epic scope for a box-office blockbuster. Expanded from one of the segments in DeMille's 1923 silent film of the same name (though not exactly a remake of that film as is often claimed - the earlier version took place mostly in modern times), it benefits greatly from Charlton Heston's star-making performance as Moses, and from a veteran supporting cast that includes Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, and Vincent Price. The acting, though, is secondary to DeMille's visually expansive storytelling. The production design has an appropriate sense of grandeur, and the parting of the Red Sea is among the most famous scenes in any film from the 1950s. DeMille's directing style is straightforward, maintaining a clean, brisk pace throughout the film's 220 minutes. The Ten Commandments was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning for John Fulton's special effects.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
UPC:
0097361435046
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
G
Source:
Paramount
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
3:51:00
Sales rank:
50,825

Special Features

Commentary by Katherine Orrison, Author of "Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille's Epic, The Ten Commandments; ; Newsreel: The Ten Commandments Premiere in New York; ; Theatrical Trailers: 1956 "Making of" Trailer/1966 Trailer/1989 Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Moses,God (Uncredited)
Yul Brynner Rameses
Anne Baxter Nefertiri
Edward G. Robinson Dathan
Yvonne De Carlo Sephora
Debra Paget Lilia
John Derek Joshua
Nina Foch Bithiah
Cedric Hardwicke Sethi
Martha Scott Yochabel
Judith Anderson Memnet
Vincent Price Baka
John Carradine Aaron
Olive Deering Miriam
Douglas Dumbrille Jannes
Frank de Kova Abiram
Henry Wilcoxon Pentaur
Eduard Franz Jethro
Donald Curtis Mered
Lawrence Dobkin Hur Ben Caleb
H.B. Warner Amminadab
Julia Faye Elisheba
John Miljan The Blind One
Francis McDonald Simon
Ian Keith Rameses I
Paul de Rolf Eleazar
Tommy Duran Gershom
Eugene Mazzola Rameses' Son
Joan Woodbury Korah's Wife
Woody Strode King of Ethiopia
Ramsay Hill Korah
Esther Brown Princess Tharbis
Lillian Albertson Actor
Robert Bice Actor
Fred Coby Hebrew at Golden Calf/Taskmaster
Peter Coe Actor
Henry Corden Sheik of Ezion
Tony Dante Libyan Captain
Steven Darrell Actor
Edward Earle Slave
Abbas El Bougbdadly Rameses' Charioteer
Matty Fain Actor
Anthony George Actor
Gavin Gordon Actor
Kay Hammond Actor
Peter Hansen Actor
Ed Hinton Taskmaster/Flagman
Frank Lackteen Old Man in Granary
Emmett Lynn Old Slave Man/Hebrew at Golden Calf
Barry Macollum Actor
George H. Melford Actor
John Merton Actor
Stanley Price Slave Carrying Load
Adeline Reynolds Actor
Jeane Wood Actor
Olive Carey Miriam
Noelle Williams Jethro's Daughter
Joanna Merlin Jethro's Daughter
Joyce Vanderveen Jethro's Daughter
Henry Brandon Commander of the Hosts
Dorothy Adams Slave Woman
Eric Alden Actor
Robert Carson Actor
E.J. Andre Actor
Robert Clarke Actor
Mary Benoit Actor
Edna Mae Cooper Actor
Maude Fealy Actor
Mimi Gibson Actor
Nancy Hale Actor
Gail Kobe Pretty Slave Girl
Fred Kohler Foreman
Kenneth MacDonald Slave
Peter Mamakos Actor
Irene Martin Actor
Paula Morgan Actor
John Parrish Actor
Rodd Redwing Actor
Addison Richards Fan Bearer
Onslow Stevens Lugal
Clint Walker Sardinian Captain
Frank Wilcox Wazir
Luis Alberni Old Hebrew
Michael Ansara Taskmaster
Robert Vaughn Spearman
Baynes Barron Actor
Ken Dibbs Corporal
Frankie Darro Slave
Kathy Garver Young Slave
John Hart Cretan Ambassador
Fraser C. Heston The Infant Moses
Walter Woolf King Herald
Cecil B. DeMille Narrator
Franklin Farnum High Offical
Michael Connors Amalekite Herder
Eugenia Strauss Actor
Herb Alpert Drum Player
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer Slave

Technical Credits
Cecil B. DeMille Director,Producer
Anne Bauchens Editor
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Fredric M. Frank Screenwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Jack Gariss Screenwriter
Loyal Griggs Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
John Jensen Costumes/Costume Designer
Ralph Jester Costumes/Costume Designer
W. Wallace Kelley Cinematographer
Jesse Lasky Screenwriter
Aeneas MacKenzie Screenwriter
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Frank McCoy Makeup
Ray Moyer Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Albert Nozaki Production Designer
Hal Pereira Production Designer
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Walter Tyler Art Director
John F. Warren Cinematographer
Wally Westmore Makeup
Frank Westmore Makeup
Henry Wilcoxon Producer

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