The Ten Commandments

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  • Run Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 24, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1956
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Let my people go!"
  - Moses (Charlton Heston) to Pharaoh (Yul Brynner)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1956 - Best Special Effects

Entertainment Reviews:

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Total Count: 35

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 60,178
Cecil B. de Mille's vastly expanded remake of his 1923 silent epic takes three hours and thirty-nine minutes to sit through, and the time, for me, often dragged heavily. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 16, 2019
Rating: B+ -- DeMille's last film (he died in 1959) is also his biggest, most spectacular epic, excessive and lurid, displaying him as a showman--must see for Hollywood students Full Review
EmanuelLevy.Com
Mar 25, 2011
[It] remains the definitive Biblical epic.
Uncut
Sep 1, 2004
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. Full Review
Variety
Oct 19, 2007
Rating: 5/5 -- 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. Full Review
New York Daily News
Dec 10, 2014
It's well-made, kitschy fun put across by special effects that retain a thrilling visual power...
Entertainment Weekly
Mar 5, 2004
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. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Mar 4, 2008

Product Description:

This spectacular biblical epic from legendary showman Cecil B. DeMille tells the story of Moses from his infancy to the triumphant moment when he led the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt. The film begins as the pharaoh's daughter (Yvonne De Carlo) discovers the abandoned infant Moses and takes him to the shelter of her family. Charlton Heston stars as the young man raised by the pharaoh as an Egyptian prince. Moses is righteous and kind, the favored successor to the kingdom, which results in the deep-seated jealousy of Prince Rameses (Yul Brynner). Rameses and Moses compete for the throne and the love of the young princess, Nefretiri (Anne Baxter), until Moses learns the truth about his origins and joins the Jewish slaves in their fight for freedom. After receiving the Ten Commandments from God, Moses helps free the Jews from the pharaoh's tyrannical rule, surmounting all obstacles in his way--including the parting of the Red Sea, in one of the movie's most famous scenes. Cecil B. DeMille's extravagant final film--and remake of his silent 1923 version--is a legendary combination of the master showman's love of historical realism, spectacle, lavish scenic design, and dizzying crowd sequences. The exodus alone is a stunning feat of modern cinema, featuring thousands of actors trekking through the arid desert as Pharaoh's chariots chase after them.

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Production Notes:

  • This 1956 extravaganza is Cecil B. DeMille's remake of his own 1923 film. It was his final film.
  • THE TEN COMMANDMENTS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999.
  • The infant Moses is portrayed by Fraser Heston, Charlton's real-life son.
  • In July 1995, the fiberglass tablets (containing the commandments) that Charlton Heston carried in the film were auctioned off for $81,700 at Christie's.
  • Cecil B. DeMille also appears in a brief prologue discussing the film.
  • In HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART ONE, Mel Brooks, portraying Moses, comes down from the mountain with three tablets containing 15 commandments but drops one of them.

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  • UPC: 032429258328
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