The Ten Commandments (1956)

Ten Commandments, The (1956, USA) C-220m. *** D: Cecil B. DeMille. Starring 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, Fraser C. Heston, Woody Strode, Richard Farnsworth, Gordon Mitchell, Robert Vaughn, narrated by Cecil B. DeMille. Sumptuous biblical epic chronicles the life of Moses (Heston), from his abandonment at birth and discovery by Egyptian princess to his upbringing as Egyptian Prince and subsequent downfall. Of course, he would return to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. Occasionally corny, but Heston and Brynner are good, story is well-told throughout. Contains some of the most famous (Oscar-winning) special effects ever filmed. Director DeMille's last film (he had filmed the story before in 1923). Score by Elmer Bernstein. Filmed in 1.85:1 VistaVision, the 1989 re-release was expanded to a 2.20:1 widescreen format.


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