Opened: November 8, 1956
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Starring: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, John Carradine, Olive Deering, Douglass Dumbrille, Frank de Kova, Henry Wilcoxon, Eduard Franz, Donald Curtis, Lawrence Dobkin, H. B. Warner & Julia Faye
An epic of biblical proportions (pun-intended), The Ten Commandments is a brilliant production that should be marveled at when thinking about when it was made.
As a baby, Moses (played as an adult by Charlton Heston) was rescued by Bithia (Nina Foch) and brought into the kingdom of the Pharoah. Years later, Moses receives a message from God to save the Hebrews. He returns to his home to challenge his once-brother and now Pharoah Rameses II (Yul Brynner).
Though they wouldn’t hold by today’s whitewashing standards, the cast is absolutely phenomenal, and you’ll still believe in both Heston and Brynner’s performances.
The films long runtime (be ready to dedicate over three and a half hours) can be justified, especially in its second half with the special effects and parting of the Red Sea.
Final say: Ten out of ten. ★★★★★