Escaping death, a Hebrew infant is raised in a royal household to become a prince. Upon discovery of his true heritage, Moses embarks on a personal quest to reclaim his destiny as the leader and liberator of the Hebrew people.
You will be my wife. You will come to me whenever I call you. And I will enjoy that very much. Whether you enjoy it or not is your own affair. ButI think you will.
You were not born Prince of Egypt, Moses... but the son of Hebrew slaves.
I am not this deliverer you fear. It would take more than a man to lead the slaves from bondage. It would take a God. But if I could free them, I would.
Hear what I say, Rameses. When I cross the river of death, you will be Pharaoh in Egypt. Harden yourself against subordinates. Put no faith in a brother. Have no friend. Trust no woman.
Let the name of Moses be stricken from every book and tablet. Stricken from all pylons and obelisks. Stricken from every monument of Egypt. Let the name of... Moses... be unheard and unspoken, erased from the memory of men for all time.
Presented by movie director Cecil B. DeMille himself, the almost four-hour long movie is the definition of ambition itself. The film is a pyramid on its own. It even has an opening and exit music as well as an intermission music. Too much is too much and I would have preferred something slightly more humble.
The epic scenes are just that. Epic. What a scale. You just have to see it yourself to see it.
GOD IS THE DEVIL (SPOILER ALERT)
Unrelated to the film, god (no majuscule intended) is truly stupid. All he had to do was to kill the Pharaoh and let Moses become the Pharaoh himself and set the slaves free. But no, it's much better to kill many first innocent sons of Egyptians. And also have the slaves wondering in the desert for forty years. God is an imbecile and I have yet to understand why so many people believe in him. How can you be intelligent and believe in what the scriptures are telling you? Oh well... To me, it's like believing in Santa, only a cruel Santa that often kills innocent children. If you ask me, god is actually the devil, and no one recognized it.
I give it 7 out of 10. Excellent.
(The King of Egypt - with his sword drawn - and his Queen, together, converse about killing Moses, servant of the Most High God) ...
Queen Nefretiri: 'Bring it back to me, stained with his blood!'
Pharoah Rameses: 'I will... to mingle with your own!'
Inspired by the Book of Exodus, this Cecil B. DeMille-directed, Academy Award-winning biblical epic, the seventh most successful film of all-time, needs no further analysis.
Among the undisputed, where exceptionally classic one-liners are concerned, The Ten Commandments is a timeless generational masterpiece, and a National Film Registry-honored landmark of the Hollywood cinema industry ... Period.
Five out of five glittering stars.
His God "is" God!
The Ten Commandments is at the top end of Hollywood historical epics. It was to be Cecil B. DeMille's last ever directing assignment and he bows out with a gargantuan epic that to this day stands as a testament to his brilliant talent as one of the masters of epic film making.
The story cribs from a number of biblical sources, some of which are hokum and not to be taken as a religio lesson, but basically it tells the tale of Moses (Charlton Heston) and how he came to lead the Israelites to their exodus from Egypt - culminating in his delivering of God's own Ten Commandments to the people.
No expense is spared, with a top line ensemble cast being joined by over 25,000 extras. The wide-screen special effects work dazzles the eyes, the direction of ginormous crowd sequences impressive, and an ebullient spectacle is never far away in what is a picture running at three hours thirty minutes (add ten for the glory of an intermission).
It would have been easy for the cast to get lost amongst such a large scale production, but the principals shine bright and make telling characteristic marks. Heston was born for the Moses role, Yul Brynner absolutely excels as Moses' silky and sulky nemesis - Rameses, Anne Baxter gives Nefretiri a beauteous and villainous twin arc, which in turn is counterpointed by Yvonne De Carlo's sultry yet homely Sephora (wife of Moses).
Elsewhere we get Debra Paget filling out a trio of gorgeous lady stars, where as Lilia she does determined and heartfelt oomph as a woman yearning to be freed from male dominance. Edward G. Robinson (Dathan) and Vincent Price (Baka) camp it up and have a good time, while Cedric Hardwicke (Sethi) turns in a heartfelt old Pharaoh and John Derek as Joshua, Moses' underling, does surprisingly well given the enormity of the character trajectory.
As the music (Elmer Bernstein) swirls and thunders we are treated to Loyal Griggs' colour photography that pings out the screen and brings to life expert costuming. John Fulton's special effects work won him the Academy Award, and even though a couple look creaky these days, they all still today hold great entertaining spectacle worth. While the sheer gusto of the performances overcomes some less than stellar dialogue.
Lavish yet vulgar, hokey yet magnificent, this maty not be the greatest historical epic ever made, but it booms loud and proud and is an utter joy for like minded fans of the genre's output. 9/10