The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

DVD - 1999
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The story of the life of Moses from the Pharaoh's household through his life of leading his people to freedom.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Paramount Home Video, c1999
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9780792154648
0792154649
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (220 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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dennismmiller
Apr 19, 2017

A movie that truly deserves to be called a classic. Of course it's old-fashioned, obvious, and full of hammy acting. But Yul Brynner, Edward G Robinson, Vincent Price, and Anne Baxter are as wonderful a company of villains as any in the history of film. This aids greatly in establishing the epic scope, which is precisely what later film versions of the Moses stories lack, and the reason this one is still the best.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 19, 2016

Very well done. Excellent movie.

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VV17
Mar 21, 2016

This is one of the best films ever made! The actors, sets, and script are sensational! Every family should watch this film!

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akirakato
Sep 17, 2015

Filmed on location in Egypt, Mount Sinai and the Sinai Peninsula, the film was DeMille's last and most successful work.
It is a partial remake of his 1923 silent film of the same title, and features one of the largest sets ever created for a film.
At the time of its release on November 8, 1956, it was the most expensive film made.
The parting of the Red Sea was considered the most difficult special effect ever performed up to that time.
This effect took about six months of VistaVision filming, and combined scenes shot on the shores of the Red Sea in Egypt, with scenes filmed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood of a huge water tank split by a U-shaped trough, into which approximately 360,000 gallons of water were released from the sides, as well as the filming of a giant waterfall also built on the Paramount backlot to create the effect of the walls of the parted sea out of the turbulent backwash.
It looks quite amazing.
You should see it with your own eyes.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Sep 13, 2015

Hold your horses, folks! Don't get me wrong. I'm not ridiculing Christianity here. But, Holy Mother of God! The Ten Commandments was gloriously, outrageously, right over-the-top BAD!

From some of the most laughable dialogue under the sun to the blatancy of director, Cecil B. DeMille's sexual innuendos, The Ten Commandments has got to be one of the most expensive hack-jobs ever laid down on film.

With this being an "Old Testament" story, any references one might expect to mercy, justice and charity (in this particular biblical tale) are clearly out of place here.

When I watched this film as a naive child, I was mesmerized, thinking it to be really spectacular comic-book fare. But, now, seeing it as an adult, it was just very, very bad (and ridiculous) comic-book fare.

The Ten Commandments was well-crafted, hokey, wooden, hypocritical, and garish junk. Only the most naive, starry-eyed fool would take this film and its preposterous religious message at face value.

The Ten Commandments gets a 2-star rating solely for the sake of art. There's no counting how many stars it gets for being the perfect fuel for any heavy-duty drinking party. 'Cause that's the only way this film was meant to be enjoyed - Drunk!

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conniecr
Dec 17, 2014

I agree 100%! Great movie!

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Love_Legolas_111
Dec 15, 2014

This movie is amazing. I love it even more than Ben Hur. They took creative liscense in just the right places and turned one of the best Bible accounts into a great live-action movie. One of the greatest films of a great era. I love it. The actors are superb; Heston and Brynner are perfect for their roles. And the story has the same powerful potency that respects the original Biblical recording. This is when people made Bible movies that actually paid attention and gave credit to the author, God. Not some cheap biblical re-makes from Hollywood now (*cough* NOAH MOVIE! *cough*) that twist and distort the original story into something completely different. That's why this movie is set apart from the rest. Something you can watch again and again.

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Libraryman1_0
May 12, 2014

Epic film about the story of Moses. Charlton Heston was tailor made to play the role of Moses. Plays with a sense of wonder and spectacle. Some of the most impressive sets that DIrector Cecil B DeMille had built for this monumental motion picture that he had previously filmed in the 1920's. I thought Yul Brenner pulled off a magnificent action coup as Ramsees adding the right amount of wickedness and cold hearted nature to his performance. Vincent Price also has a significent role here as Bakka the Slave Driver. Boasting an all star cast Ten Commandments is grand cinema.

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andreaquilts
Mar 11, 2013

A great movie

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Monolith
Dec 25, 2012

I didn't have the attention span for epics of this length when I was younger, but I've reached an age where I can truly appreciate them, now. Cecil B. DeMille's vision of this monstrous remake of his 1923 silent original was of biblical proportions, (pun intended), almost killing the 75 year old legend, as he suffered a heart attack in the process. The screenplay wasn't limited to bland scripture; it was spiced up with some suspense, jealousy, revenge, tender romance, heartbreak. Twenty thousand some odd extras; gigantic sets. Bernstein's score -- powerful; dramatic. Heston's signature role that cemented him as a Hollywood icon. Brynner and those brooding eyebrows was perfect as the nefarious Rameses. Edward G. made a good rat-like character; Vincent Price, too. Sultry, barefoot beauties: Baxter, De Carlo, (both excellent performances), Paget, etc... Antiquated effects, sure, but I found them impressive, regardless. (Worthy of an Academy Award.) Great, great classic. FIVE STARS.

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dennismmiller
Apr 19, 2017

Rameses: 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. But I think you will.

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Love_Legolas_111
Dec 15, 2014

Moses: It would take more than a man to deliver these people. It would take a God. But if I could free them...I would!

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Monolith
Dec 25, 2012

Moses: "LET MY PEOPLE GO!"

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Monolith
Dec 25, 2012

Rameses: "You have rat's ears and a ferret's nose." Dathan: "To use in your service, true son of Pharaoh." Rameses: "Add to them, the eyes of a weasel. And find me this would-be deliverer."

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Monolith
Dec 25, 2012

Sephora: "Which of my sisters did you choose?" Moses: "I made no choice, Sephora." Sephora: "She was very beautiful, wasn't she... this woman of Egypt, who left her scar upon your heart... Her skin was white, as curd? Her eyes, green as the cedars of Lebanon... Her lips, tamarisk honey... Like the breast of a dove, her arms were soft... And the wine of desire was in her veins..." Moses: "Yes... She was beautiful... As a jewel." Sephora: "A jewel has brilliant fire... but it gives no warmth." (cont'd)

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Monolith
Dec 25, 2012

Sephora: "...Our hands are not so soft, but they can serve. Our bodies not so white, but they are strong. Our lips are not perfume, but they speak the truth. Love is not an art to us... It's life to us. We are not dressed in gold, and fine linen. Strength and honor are our clothing. Our tents are not the columned halls of Egypt, but our children play happily before them. We can offer you little... but we offer all we have." Moses: "I have not little, Sephora. I have nothing." Sephora: "Nothing from some, is more than gold from others." Moses: "You would fill the emptiness of my heart?" Sephora: "I could never fill all of it, Moses. I shall not be jealous of a memory."

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Monolith
Dec 25, 2012

Nefretiri: "I could never love you." Rameses: "Does that matter? 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. But I think you will..."

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Monolith
Dec 25, 2012

Nefretiri: "You need have no fear of me." Sephora: "I feared only his memory of you." Nefretiri: "You have been able to erase it?" Sephora: "He has forgotten both of us. You lost him when he went to seek his God. I lost him when he found his God."

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