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The Ten Commandments

Drama

Rated G

Box Office: $65.5M

Format

Boxart Format Release Date
Par br59160079 Blu-ray
UPC: 032429258335
08/29/2017
Par br59215010 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy
UPC: 032429353375
03/30/2021
Par br806862 Blu-ray
UPC: 191329208663
11/09/2021
Par d59160078d DVD
UPC: 032429258328
01/24/2017

Release Dates

When Announced When Released
In Theaters N/A
On 4K-UHD March 30 2021Now Available
On Blu-ray March 29 2011Now Available
On DVD March 30 1999Now Available

Product Details

PRINCIPAL CAST

Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson, Anne Baxter, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, John Carradine, Eduard Franz, Olive Deering, Donald Curtis, Douglas Dumbrille, Lawrence Dobkin, Frank DeKova, H.B. Warner

DIRECTOR

Cecil B. DeMille

PRODUCER

Cecil B. DeMille

SYNOPSIS

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. A remake of his 1923 silent film, 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"?

BOX OFFICE

$65.5 Million

GENRE

Drama

RATING

Rated G

RUN TIME

219 Minutes

STUDIO

Paramount