Staff rating

The Ten Commandments Star_onStar_onStar_onStar_on 3.5 4.0 from 2 reviews
view all

DeMille's remake of his 1923 silent classic (and his last film) is a lavish Biblical epic that tells the life story of Moses, who turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom outside of Egypt. Exceptional cast, with Fraser Heston (son of Charlton) as the baby Moses. Parting of Red Sea rivals any modern special effects. A 35th Anniversary Collector's Edition is available uncut at 245 minutes, in widescreen format and Dolby Surround stereo, and 1,000 copies of an Autographed Limited Edition that includes an engraved bronze plaque and an imprinted card written and personally signed by Charlton Heston are also available.

Reader's Digest Home Video, Reader's Digest Rd., Pleasantville, NY 10570, Phone: (914)234-9000, Toll-free: 800-304-2807, URL:

Available on Running time 219 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Adapted from the Bible, Historical Drama, This Is Your Life, Top Grossing Films of 1956, Religious Epics
Aeneas MacKenzie, Jesse Lasky, Frederic M. Frank, Jack Gariss
Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Yvonne De Carlo, Nina Foch, John Derek, H.B. Warner, Henry Wilcoxon, Judith Anderson, John Carradine, Douglass Dumbrille, Cedric Hardwicke, Martha Scott, Vincent Price, Debra Paget
Loyal Griggs
Cecil B. DeMille
Elmer Bernstein
Paramount Pictures


Natl. Film Reg. 1999.

Visitor Reviews

The Ten Commandments
Star_onStar_onStar_onStar_on 3.0 4.0

The Ten Commandments came out in 1956 and has a total running time of 219 minutes. This film won an Oscar and has another three wins. Charlton Heston (as Moses), Yul Brynner (as Rameses), Anne Baxter (as Nefretiri) and Yvonne De Carlo (as Sephora) star in this film. The film is set in Egypt and Moses is adopted brought up by Bithiah and Pharaoh Seti. When they find out his Hebrew heritage he is cast out of Egypt. He travels across the desert and stars his own life and family. God tells him to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. This is a good movie.

Star_onStar_onStar_onStar_on 4.0 4.0

This movie depicts the life of Moses, played by Charlton Heston, who was an Egyptian prince and the foster child of Pharoh Seti who found him floating in a basket wrapped in a Hebrew blanket as a baby. She swore her servant to secrecy about the blanket. As a young adult, Moses is the general for the Egyptian army and in charge of having the Hebrews build a city. Moses meets one of the stone cutters, named Joshua, played by John Derek, and learns about how the Hebrew slaves are mistreated. Moses discovers that he is really a Hebrew slave and was adopted as a baby. Moses tells the Pharoh that he doesn't agree with the way the Hebrews are treated and is eventually exiled out of Egypt. The Hebrews are excited to learn about Moses because they believe he is the Deliver and in the beginning, Moses doesn't believe that he is. There are many great scenes in the movie, such as the parting of the Red Sea,the water being turned to blood, and the eerie scene with the Angel of Death that brings a glowing green cloud that goes to each house and kills the 1st born in Egypt. The cast of actors in this film are really great and the movie will show you that everyone should be treated equal. This is a really good movie.