Runtime: 3 hr. 39 min.
Genre: Faith & Spirituality, Drama, Classics
Theatrical Release: Oct 5, 1956 Wide
Synopsis: Legendary silent film director Cecil B. DeMille didn't much alter the way he made movies after sound came in, and this 1956 biblical drama is proof of... Legendary silent film director Cecil B. DeMille didn't much alter the way he made movies after sound came in, and this 1956 biblical drama is proof of that. While graced with such 1950s niceties as VistaVision and Technicolor, The Ten Commandments (DeMille had already filmed an earlier version in 1923) has an anachronistic, impassioned style that finds lead actors Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner expressively posing while hundreds of extras writhe either in the presence of God's power or from orgiastic heat. DeMille, as always, plays both sides of the fence as far as sin goes, surrounding Heston's Moses with worshipful music and heavenly special effects while also making the sexy action around the cult of the Golden Calf look like fun. You have to see The Ten Commandments to understand its peculiar resonance as an old-new movie, complete with several still-impressive effects such as the parting of the Red Sea. --Tom Keogh
Starring: Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo
Starring: Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Nina Foch, Cedric Hardwicke, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, John Carradine, Olive Deering, Douglas Dumbrille, Frank de Kova, Henry Wilcoxon, Eduard Franz, Donald Curtis, Lawrence Dobkin, H.B. Warner, Julia Faye, John Miljan, Francis McDonald, Ian Keith, Paul De Rolf, Tommy Duran, Eugene Mazzola, Joan Woodbury, Woody Strode, Ramsay Hill, Esther Brown, Charlton Heston, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Dorothy Adams, Luis Alberni, Lillian Albertson, Eric Alden, E.J. Andre, Michael Ansara, Joel Ashley, Baynes Barron, George Baxter, Mary Benoit, Robert Bice, Henry Brandon, Olive Carey, Fred Coby, Peter Coe, Edna Mae Cooper, Henry Corden, Tony Dante, Steven Darrell, Frankie Darro, Ken Dibbs, Edward Earle, Abbas El Bougbdadly, Matty Fain, Franklin Farnum, Anthony George, Mimi Gibson, Gavin Gordon, Nancy Hale, Kay Hammond, Peter Hansen, Ed Hinton, Richard Kean, Walter Woolf King, Gail Kobe, Fred Kohler Jr., Frank Lackteen, Emmett Lynn, Kenneth MacDonald, Barry Macollum, Peter Mamakos, Joanna Merlin, John Merton, Paula Morgan, John Parrish, Rodd Redwing, Adeline de Walt Reynolds, Addison Richards, Onslow Stevens, Irene Tedrow, Joyce Vanderveen, Robert Vaughn, Clint Walker, Frank Wilcox, Jeane Wood, Robert Carson, Robert Clarke, Michael Connors, Cecil B. DeMille, John Hart, Fraser C. Heston, George Melford, Stanley Price, Kathy Garver, Noelle Williams, Irene Martin, James Coburn, Maude Fealy, Keith Richards, Herb Alpert, Moe DiSesso, Eugenia Strauss
Director: Cecil B. DeMille