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The Ten Commandments

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Cecil B. DeMille

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About the Movie

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. 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"?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 31
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: DeMille remains conventional with the motion picture as an art form. The eyes of the onlooker are filled with spectacle. Emotional tug is sometimes lacking. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: There is no other picture like it. There will be none. If it could be summed up in a word, the word would be sublime. And the man responsible for that, when all is said and done is Cecil B. DeMille. – James Powers, Hollywood Reporter, Apr 7, 2015

Fresh: DeMille's direction of the action is superb and the various roles are played with feeling by a large and competent cast, headed by Charlton Heston. – Kate Cameron, New York Daily News, Dec 10, 2014

Fresh: With a running time of nearly four hours, Cecil B. De Mille's last feature and most extravagant blockbuster is full of the absurdities and vulgarities one expects, but it isn't boring for a minute. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great show(movie)

i seen this on tv a while ago and now i think i will buy it i think that this tells all about the ten comandments and i think you should buy it!

A Classic for your pod....

Each year around the Easter Holiday, we are treated to a showing of this epic you can have it on your pod and enjoy the great story....the superb acting...the incredible music..... all of it rolled together is more than entertainment, it is an uplifting experience....HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Oh, this movie!!

This splendid, stubborn, adorable movie! Nothing like it in the world! From the lilywhite Egyptian (drag) queen to Russian Ramses to the Hebrew slave girls and hunky Joshua and the golden calf "orgy" to the very definition of scenery-chewing in Heston, an unsurpassed spectacle for the ages. Its version of the Exodus story has shaped generations of popular (mis)conceptions about Judeo-Christian beliefs. One of the titanic movies of all time. So it is written! So it is done!

The Ten Commandments
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1956

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