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The Ten Commandments

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Cecil B. DeMille

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Plot Summary

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

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  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 30
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

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: 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

Fresh: Bank holiday afternoon fare it might be, but DeMille's remake of his 1923 silent is a marvellous epic of the kind they don't make any more. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

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!

Faithful

This movie is a fantastic representation of the events of the Bible. It is done very well with excellent cinematics. It is a very good movie and I was very impressed with it. I am very glad that Apple is now selling it on iTunes. An important movie to see, conveying the events of Moses' life and the exodus of the Hebrews from bondage in Egypt. A MUST SEE!!!!!! It is done very well!!!!!!

Awsome!!!

I am a Jewish girl and i am totally excited that i can get the ten commandments on my i pod!! I wait for this movie to air on tv every year, and even if there is school the next day i watch all 5 hours of it, no matter how late it is! Thank you sooo much for making it avaliable to the public, i very much appreciate it! I am going to ask my mom if i can buy it!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!

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

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