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The Ten Commandments

Charlton Heston  Actor Yul Brynner  Actor Anne Baxter  Actor Edward G. Robinson  Actor Yvonne De Carlo  Actor James Coburn  Actor

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The Ten Commandments

UPC: 097361435145

Studio: Paramount

MPAA Rating: G   Contains:[Suitable for Children]

Summary: Based on the Holy Scriptures, with additional dialogue by several other hands, The Ten Commandments was the last film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The story relates the life of Moses, from the time he was discovered in the bullrushes as an infant by the pharoah's daughter, to his long, hard struggle to free the Hebrews from their slavery at the hands of the Egyptians. Moses (Charlton Heston) starts out "in solid" as Pharoah's adopted son (and a whiz at designing pyramids, dispensing such construction-site advice as "Blood makes poor mortar"), but when he discovers his true Hebrew heritage, he attempts to make life easier for his people. Banished by his jealous half-brother Rameses (Yul Brynner), Moses returns fully bearded to Pharoah's court, warning that he's had a message from God and that the Egyptians had better free the Hebrews post-haste if they know what's good for them. Only after the Deadly Plagues have decimated Egypt does Rameses give in. As the Hebrews reach the Red Sea, they discover that Rameses has gone back on his word and plans to have them all killed. But Moses rescues his people with a little Divine legerdemain by parting the Seas. Later, Moses is again confronted by God on Mt. Sinai, who delivers unto him the Ten Commandments. Meanwhile, the Hebrews, led by the duplicitous Dathan (Edward G. Robinson), are forgetting their religion and behaving like libertines. "Where's your Moses now?" brays Dathan in the manner of a Lower East Side gangster. He soon finds out. DeMille's The Ten Commandments may not be the most subtle and sophisticated entertainment ever concocted, but it tells its story with a clarity and vitality that few Biblical scholars have ever been able to duplicate. It is very likely the most eventful 219 minutes ever recorded to film--and who's to say that Nefertiri (Anne Baxter) didn't make speeches like, "Oh, Moses, Moses, you splendid, stubborn, adorable fool"? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Epic

Awards: U.S. National Film Registry – Library of Congress Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama – null Best Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Special Effects – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Cinematography – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor – National Board of Review Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Features: Commentary by Katherine Orrison, Author of "Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille's Epic, The Ten Commandments

Newsreel: The Ten Commandments Premiere in New York

Theatrical Trailers: 1956 "Making Of" Trailer/1966 Trailer/1989 Trailer

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The Ten Commandments

Format: DVD

Release Date: 03/29/2011

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo

Runtime: 231 Minutes

Sides: 2

Number of Discs: 2

Language(s) English,French,Spanish,Portuguese

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish,Portuguese

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Ten Commandments
1. Scene 1 [1:39]
2. Scene 2 [3:09]
3. Scene 3 [7:57]
4. Scene 4 [5:28]
5. Scene 5 [3:16]
6. Scene 6 [3:20]
7. Scene 7 [:25]
8. Scene 8 [2:26]
9. Scene 9 [3:20]
10. Scene 10 [4:09]
11. Scene 11 [3:16]
12. Scene 12 [7:32]
13. Scene 13 [3:17]
14. Scene 14 [11:12]
15. Scene 15 [10:02]
16. Scene 16 [5:28]
17. Scene 17 [2:10]
18. Scene 18 [2:10]
19. Scene 19 [5:40]
20. Scene 20 [5:35]
21. Scene 21 [1:59]
22. Scene 22 [5:42]
23. Scene 23 [3:12]
24. Scene 24 [3:04]
25. Scene 25 [11:12]
26. Scene 26 [2:49]
27. Scene 27 [3:15]
28. Scene 28 [3:08]
29. Scene 29 [8:46]
Disc #2 -- Ten Commandments: 1956 Feature/Special Features
1. Scene 1 [2:16]
2. Scene 2 [5:13]
3. Scene 3 [1:49]
4. Scene 4 [4:39]
5. Scene 5 [7:27]
6. Scene 6 [7:14]
7. Scene 7 [2:14]
8. Scene 8 [3:36]
9. Scene 9 [4:50]
10. Scene 10 [3:45]
11. Scene 11 [11:00]
12. Scene 12 [4:22]
13. Scene 13 [5:03]
14. Scene 14 [9:37]
15. Scene 15 [2:55]
16. Scene 16 [5:52]
17. Scene 17 [2:40]
18. Scene 18 [2:30]
19. Scene 19 [3:17]

Richard Gilliam

The Ten Commandments was the final film in the five-decade career of legendary producer/director Cecil B. DeMille and, despite its flaws, it remains a primary example of combining high production values and epic scope for a box-office blockbuster. Expanded from one of the segments in DeMille's 1923 silent film of the same name (though not exactly a remake of that film as is often claimed - the earlier version took place mostly in modern times), it benefits greatly from Charlton Heston's star-making performance as Moses, and from a veteran supporting cast that includes Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, and Vincent Price. The acting, though, is secondary to DeMille's visually expansive storytelling. The production design has an appropriate sense of grandeur, and the parting of the Red Sea is among the most famous scenes in any film from the 1950s. DeMille's directing style is straightforward, maintaining a clean, brisk pace throughout the film's 220 minutes. The Ten Commandments was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning for John Fulton's special effects. ~ Richard Gilliam, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Elmer Bernstein  Composer (Music Score) 
Cecil B. DeMille  Director 
Cecil B. DeMille  Producer 
Aeneas MacKenzie  Screenwriter 
Henry Wilcoxon  Producer 
Fredric M. Frank  Screenwriter 
Jesse Lasky, Jr.  Screenwriter 
Jack Gariss  Screenwriter 
Charlton Heston  Actor 
Yul Brynner  Actor 
Anne Baxter  Actor 
Edward G. Robinson  Actor 
Yvonne De Carlo  Actor 
Debra Paget  Actor 
John Derek  Actor 
Nina Foch  Actor 
Cedric Hardwicke  Actor 
Martha Scott  Actor 
Judith Anderson  Actor 
Vincent Price  Actor 
John Carradine  Actor 
Olive Deering  Actor 
Douglas Dumbrille  Actor 
Frank de Kova  Actor 
Henry Wilcoxon  Actor 
Eduard Franz  Actor 
Donald Curtis  Actor 
Lawrence Dobkin  Actor 
H.B. Warner  Actor 
Julia Faye  Actor 
John Miljan  Actor 
Francis McDonald  Actor 
Ian Keith  Actor 
Paul de Rolf  Actor 
Tommy Duran  Actor 
Eugene Mazzola  Actor 
Joan Woodbury  Actor 
Woody Strode  Actor 
Ramsay Hill  Actor 
Esther Brown  Actor 
Charlton Heston  Actor 
Lillian Albertson  Actor 
Joel Ashley  Actor 
George Baxter  Actor 
Robert Bice  Actor 
Fred Coby  Actor 
Peter Coe  Actor 
Henry Corden  Actor 
Tony Dante  Actor 
Steven Darrell  Actor 
Edward Earle  Actor 
Abbas El Bougbdadly  Actor 
Matty Fain  Actor 
Anthony George  Actor 
Gavin Gordon  Actor 
Kay Hammond  Actor 
Peter Hansen  Actor 
Ed Hinton  Actor 
Frank Lackteen  Actor 
Emmett Lynn  Actor 
Barry Macollum  Actor 
George Melford  Actor 
John Merton  Actor 
Stanley Price  Actor 
Adeline Reynolds  Actor 
Irene Tedrow  Actor 
Jeane Wood  Actor 
Olive Carey  Actor 
Noelle Williams  Actor 
Joanna Merlin  Actor 
Joyce Vanderveen  Actor 
Henry Brandon  Actor 
Dorothy Adams  Actor 
Eric Alden  Actor 
Robert Carson  Actor 
E.J. Andre  Actor 
Robert Clarke  Actor 
Mary Benoit  Actor 
Edna Mae Cooper  Actor 
Maude Fealy  Actor 
Mimi Gibson  Actor 
Nancy Hale  Actor 
Richard Kean  Actor 
Gail Kobe  Actor 
Fred Kohler, Jr.  Actor 
Kenneth MacDonald  Actor 
Peter Mamakos  Actor 
Irene Martin  Actor 
Paula Morgan  Actor 
John Parrish  Actor 
Rodd Redwing  Actor 
Addison Richards  Actor 
Onslow Stevens  Actor 
Clint Walker  Actor 
Frank Wilcox  Actor 
Luis Alberni  Actor 
Michael Ansara  Actor 
Robert Vaughn  Actor 
Baynes Barron  Actor 
Ken Dibbs  Actor 
Frankie Darro  Actor 
Kathy Garver  Actor 
John Hart  Actor 
Fraser C. Heston  Actor 
Walter Woolf King  Actor 
Eugenia Strauss  Actor 
Franklin Farnum  Actor 
Keith Richards  Actor 
Michael Connors  Actor 
Herb Alpert  Actor 
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer  Actor 
Cecil B. DeMille  Actor 
James Coburn  Actor 
Moe DiSesso  Actor 

Country: USA