The Ten Commandments

1956  220 MN


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Cecil B. DeMille

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.

 Release Date

October 5, 1956


3h40m (220 min)


$ 13,000,000


$ 122,700,000

 Top Billed Cast

 Charlton Heston
 Yul Brynner
 Anne Baxter
 Edward G. Robinson
 Yvonne De Carlo
 Debra Paget

 Written by

Jesse Lasky Jr. Screenplay
J.H. Ingraham Novel
A.E. Southon Novel
Dorothy Clarke Wilson Novel
Æneas MacKenzie Screenplay
Jack Gariss Screenplay
Fredric M. Frank Screenplay


The Greatest Event in Motion Picture History



Charlton Heston
Yul Brynner
Anne Baxter
Edward G. Robinson
Yvonne De Carlo
Debra Paget
John Derek
Cedric Hardwicke
Nina Foch
Martha Scott
Judith Anderson
Vincent Price
John Carradine
Olive Deering
Douglass Dumbrille
Frank De Kova
Henry Wilcoxon
Eduard Franz
Donald Curtis
Lawrence Dobkin
  Hur Ben Caleb
H.B. Warner
Julia Faye
Lisa Mitchell
  Jethro's Daughter
Noelle Williams
  Jethro's Daughter
Joanna Merlin
  Jethro's Daughter
Pat Richard
  Jethro's Daughter
Joyce van der Veen
  Jethro's Daughter
Diane Hall
  Jethro's Daughter
Abbas El Boughdadly
  Rameses' Charioteer
Fraser Clarke Heston
  The Infant Moses
John Miljan
  The Blind One
Francis McDonald
Ian Keith
  Rameses I
Paul De Rolf
Woody Strode
  King of Ethiopia
Tommy Duran
Eugene Mazzola
  Rameses' Son
Ramsay Hill
Joan Woodbury
  Korah's Wife
Esther Brown
  Princess Tharbis
Rushdy Abaza
  (as Rushti Abaza)
Dorothy Adams
  Slave Woman / Hebrew at Golden Calf / Hebrew at Rameses' Gate
Eric Alden
  High Ranking Officer / Taskmaster / Slave / Officer
E.J. André
  Sheik of Hazerath
Babette Bain
  Little Miriam
Baynes Barron
Kay Bell
  Taskmaster / Red-Bearded Slave
Mary Benoit
  Guardian of the Prince / Court Woman / Hebrew at Dathan's Tent / Hebrew at Crag and Corridor / Mother
Henry Brandon
  Commander of the Hosts
Robert Carson
  Eleazar as an Adult
Bobby Clark
  Little Boy in Exodus (as Robert Clark)
Rus Conklin
  Whip-Scarred Brick-Carrier / Hebrew at Dathan's Tent
Mike Connors
  Amalekite Herder (as Touch Connors)
Henry Corden
  Sheik of Sinai
Edna Mae Cooper
  Woman of the Court
Kem Dibbs
Maude Fealy
  Slave Woman / Hebrew at Crag and Corridor
Mimi Gibson
  The Blind One's Granddaughter
Gavin Gordon
  Trojan Ambassador (uncredited)
Diane Gump
Nancy Hale
  Court Lady in Pool
June Jocelyn
  Court Lady / Hebrew at Crag and Corridor / Hebrew at Dathan's Tent / Wife of Overseer
Richard Kean
  Old Hebrew at Moses' House / Hebrew Toward Corridor
Gail Kobe
  Pretty Slave Girl
Fred Kohler Jr.
Kenneth MacDonald
  Hebrew at Crag and Corridor / Slave
Peter Mamakos
  Chief Driver
Irene Martin
George Melford
  Hebrew at Golden Calf / Nobleman
John Merton
  Architect's Assistant
Amena Mohamed
  Architect's Assistant
Paula Morgan
  Hebrew Woman / Slave Woman
Dorothy Neumann
  Hebrew at Crag and Corridor / Slave / Hebrew at Dathan's Tent
John Parrish
  Sheik of Rephidim
Rodd Redwing
  Taskmaster / Hebrew at Golden Calf
Addison Richards
  Fan Bearer
Keith Richards
  Hebrew at Golden Calf / Courtier / Slave / Hebrew at Dathan's Tent / Hebrew at Crag and Corridor / Overseer
Hal Sherman
  Slave (uncredited)
Marcoreta Starr
  Slave / Hebrew at Golden Calf
Onslow Stevens
Clint Walker
  Sardinian Captain
Amanda Webb
  Hebrew at Golden Calf / Young Woman / Hebrew in Exodus
Frank Wilcox
Jeane Wood
  Slave / Hebrew at Crag and Corridor / Hebrew at Golden Calf
Luis Alberni
  Old Hebrew at Moses' House
Lillian Albertson
Michael Ansara
William Bagdad
Kay Hammond
  Grease Woman
Mary Ellen Kay
  Court Lady in Pool
Robert Vaughn
  Spearman / Hebrew at Golden Calf


Michael D. Moore
  Assistant Director
Edith Head
  Costume Design
Hal Pereira
  Art Direction
Elmer Bernstein
Sam Comer
  Set Decoration
Ray Moyer
  Set Decoration
Wally Westmore
  Makeup Supervisor
Harry Lindgren
  Sound Recordist
Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
Gene Garvin
  Sound Recordist
Walter H. Tyler
  Art Direction
Loyal Griggs
  Director of Photography
Jesse Lasky Jr.
Dorothy Jeakins
  Costume Design
Arthur Rosson
  Assistant Director
John F. Warren
  Additional Photography
Nellie Manley
Daniel McCauley
  Assistant Director
J.H. Ingraham
A.E. Southon
Dorothy Clarke Wilson
Æneas MacKenzie
Jack Gariss
Henry Wilcoxon
  Associate Producer
Anne Bauchens
Albert Nozaki
  Art Direction
John P. Fulton
  Special Effects
C. Kenneth Deland
  Production Manager
Fredric M. Frank
J. Peverell Marley
  Additional Photography
W. Wallace Kelley
  Additional Photography
Francisco Day
  Assistant Director
Frank Caffey
  Production Manager
LeRoy Prinz
Farciot Edouart
  Special Effects
Ruth Godfrey
Robert Goodstein
  Property Master
Frank Westmore
  Makeup Artist
Louis Mesenkop
  Recording Supervision
Frank McCoy
  Makeup Artist
Edward Salven
  Assistant Director
Paul K. Lerpae
  Special Effects
Richard Mueller
William C. Hayes
Labib Habachi
Keith C. Seele
Ralph Marcus
George R. Hughes
Rudolph Lupo
Gordon Cole
  Property Master
Frances Dawson
Donald MacLean
Henry Noerdlinger
Gladys Percey
Fouad Aref
  Assistant Director
Donald Robb
  Production Manager
Albert Simpson
  Matte Painter
Norbert Haring
Albert Scheving
  Assistant Camera
Loren L. Ryder
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Helen Lierly


 New Quote

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.
— Rameses


You were not born Prince of Egypt, Moses... but the son of Hebrew slaves.
— Nefretiri


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.
— Moses


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.
— Sethi


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.
— Sethi



 New Review

The Ambition Pyramid
By Jack Anderson on February 15, 2020

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.

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.

Cat Ellington

(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.

John Chard

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


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