To escape the edict of Egypt's Pharaoh, Rameses I, condemning all newborn Hebrew males, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri, as well as the hatred of Seti's son, Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. In Egypt, Moses' fiercest enemy proves to be not Rameses, but someone near to him who can 'harden his heart'.Written by
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Shortly after the intermission, Rameses accepts homage from an ambassador of King Priam of Troy, a reference to the doomed ruler of Troy in Homer's Iliad. The destruction of Troy is generally dated to 1190 BC based on both archaeological evidence and the writings of the ancient historian Eratosthenes. Rameses II ruled from 1279-1213 BC, meaning that the city of Troy would've been standing during his reign. See more »
After Rameses tells Moses that the slaves are free to go, the Hebrews line up along a road lined with many identical sphinxes, which the narrator identifies as the "Avenue of the Sphinxes." That road still exists, in the ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes, now known as Luxor. Yet pyramids are visible in the background. Those pyramids are in Giza, which is near Cairo, about 315 miles (500 km) north of Luxor. See more »
They told me you were dead.
To all I loved, Joshua, I am dead.
Of your own free will?
My own free will.
You are no man's slave! The hour of deliverance has come!
Not for me, Joshua.
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This film does not end with the credit "The End", but with the written line "So it was written, so it shall be done". See more »
The print that was shown at the film's Salt Lake City preview in October 1956 ran 3 hours and 45 minutes. The reception was so successful DeMille only cut 6 minutes for the premiere print. See more »
The parting of the red sea! The confrontation at Mount Sinai! This movie is full of spectacular scenes and images! De Mille truly was a great filmmaker. His powerful imagination is evident in the Ten Commandments. This is his masterpiece. It carries you along on an epic adventure that is as big as the old testament. It captures the ancient, epic feel of the original Bible story. It has several stunning performances that could have easily been cheesy and fake, but are convincing and fascinating. Some say that the dialog is campy. I don't think so. I've seen this movie many times and have never thought so. It's nothing like the terrible dialog in Plan 9 From Outer Space from the same decade. The romance may be a cliché now, but it was quite original when it first came out and is still interesting. I personally don't like romance, so the fact that I wasn't bothered by this one is really saying something. This marvelous story is wonderfully told by De Mille and I would strongly recommend it.
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