icon Film Profile: The Ten Commandments - (1956)
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7.3/10 Stars
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"The greatest event in motion picture history!"

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  • Director: Cecil B DeMille
  • Genre: Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Classics,
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Duration: 265 Mins

Overview:
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?
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Cast List:
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 Heston
King of Ethiopia : Woodrow Strode
Narrator : Cecil B DeMille

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