The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

DVD - 2006
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To escape the edict that condemned all first-born Hebrew males by Egypt's Pharoah, Rameses I, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri. He also gains the hatred of Seti's son, Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. In Egypt, Moses's fiercest enemy proves to be not Rameses, but someone near to him.


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This is the film responsible for the Ten Commandments monuments littering the landscape, as deMille's publicity campaign gave them away to cities and towns all over the USA, starting a tradition.

Edward G. Robinson doesn't say, "Where's your Messiah now, Moses?" in the movie. Billy Crystal made that up out of whole cloth for a comedy routine. In fact, nobody talks about the Messiah throughout the movie.

Apr 11, 2019

This is an absolutely amazing movie starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner! This is a film that has just about everything: a great story, a magnificent score, realistic sets, and talented actors. Directed by the great Cecil B. DeMille, this is an epic that everyone will enjoy, and this is an epic that no one will want to miss!

P.S. This is particularly a fun movie to watch around Easter, but can be enjoyed anytime of the year.

Oct 29, 2015

Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner are terrific in this classic presentation of the Exodus. Cecil B. DeMille did an excellent job! The plot and characters are fully developed, and while not everything is taken directly from scripture, the integrity of the story is masterfully done. Also, the settings are wonderful! Everyone needs to see this film!

SpeedReader14 Jun 19, 2013

Excellent, excellent, excellent. An amazing biblical epic that has timeless acting.

Jan 14, 2013

The granddaddy of epics, even in an age where many movies were epics. Director Cecil B. DeMille's signature film (plus the silent original he made in the fifties) are compiled together in this anniversary edition with plenty of special features. The film follows the life of Moses from birth through to the end, with most of the focus on his time in Egypt. Charlton Heston has suitable gravitas, dignity, and integrity in the lead role. Yul Brynner steals the show as the proud, arrogant Ramses. And most of the rest of the actors are ideally cast... with the exceptions of painfully wooden child actors and Edward G. Robinson, who got himself typecast by playing too many gangster roles. You almost expect him to pull out a tommy gun out of nowhere. Still, the movie is more than worthy, with terrific production values and hard work from the cast and crew. The special effects are what the era could manage, and the set designs are impressive and typical of the epic film. Definitely a classic, and well worth the time to see it.

very long

Mar 27, 2011

Still a great movie, even if the special effects don't measure up to todays standards.
The first half is the best. You'll have to get past Moses hair in the second half, some poorer acting fare, and cheap special effects. The story is a bit rushed at the end, makes you think they ran out of money.
But Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner are worth the effort.


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Oct 20, 2012

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