1956 movie recounting the biblical story of Moses freeing the Hebrews from Egypt

The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American epic religious drama film produced, directed and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision (color by Technicolor), and released by Paramount Pictures. The film is based on Prince of Egypt by Dorothy Clarke Wilson, Pillar of Fire by J.H. Ingraham, On Eagle's Wings by A.E. Southon, and the Book of Exodus. The Ten Commandments dramatizes the biblical story of the life of Moses, an adopted Egyptian prince who becomes the deliverer of his real brethren, the enslaved Hebrews, and therefore leads the Exodus to Mount Sinai, where he receives, from God, the Ten Commandments. The film stars Charlton Heston in the lead role, Yul Brynner as Rameses, Anne Baxter as Nefretiri, Edward G. Robinson as Dathan, Yvonne De Carlo as Sephora, Debra Paget as Lilia and John Derek as Joshua; and features Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Sethi, Nina Foch as Bithiah, Martha Scott as Yoshebel, Judith Anderson as Memnet and Vincent Price as Baka, among others.

Cast and Crew

Yul BrynnerRameses
Charlton HestonMoses

Video Products

The Ten Commandments, 1 Apr 2003
The Ten Commandments - Special Collector's Edition, 9 Mar 2004
2 discs, includes new 6-part documentary and commentary by author/historian Katherine Orrison

Articles

Freedom's Flicks: The 20 Best Libertarian Movies of all Time, Nov 1999
The Orange County Register picks movies for "freedom lovers"
"14. The Ten Commandments (1956, tie). Moses (Charlton Heston) leads the Israelites out of slavery to Pharaoh (played with bald-headed bravado by Yul Brynner). Then on Mt. Sinai, God gives Moses the Decalogue, including the favorites of libertarians: 'Thou shalt not steal' and 'Thou shalt not covet.'"
Those Awards, by Murray Rothbard, The Rothbard-Rockwell Report, Jan 1994
Commentary about the Oscars, with negative remarks about Schindler's List, which Rothbard admits not seeing, and The Piano
"... anyone who tries to Learn About History by going to a Hollywood movie deserves to have his head examined. Did we really learn the true story of Moses by watching Charlton Heston, or by seeing the great Yul Brynner, as Pharaoh, say finally, in his Siberian accent, after being visited by the plagues, 'Go, Moses, take your people and go'?"
Related Topics: The Oscars, Schindler's List

Videos


The Ten Commandments (1956) Trailer, 1956
A long introduction by Cecil B. DeMille

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