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The Ten Commandments (1956) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and produced by Cecil B. DeMille and Henry Wilcoxon.

The Ten Commandments was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1999.

Academy Awards 1956 --- Ceremony Number 29 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler, Albert Nozaki; Set Decoration: Samuel M. Comer, Ray Nominated
Best CinematographyLoyal GriggsNominated
Best Costume DesignEdith Head, Ralph Jester, John Jensen, Dorothy Jeakins, Arnold FribergNominated
Best Film EditingAnne BauchensNominated
Best PictureCecil B. DeMille, ProducerNominated

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The Ten Commandments (1956)

By Beatrice on May 20, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Ten Commandments Directed by Cecil B. de Mille Written by Aeneas MacKenzie, Jesse Lasky Jr., Jack Gariss and Fredric M. Frank from a number of novels 1956/USA Motion Picture Associates First viewing/Netflix rental #317 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die This is a 3 1/2 hour Cecil B. D... Read full article

The Ten Commandments on the big screen.

By Stephen Reginald on Mar 20, 2016 From Classic Movie Man

The Ten Commandments on the big screen. I wasn’t going to see Cecil B. DeMille’s production of The Ten Commandments on the big screen presented by Turner Classic Movies, Fathom Events, and Paramount Pictures. I’d seen it a dozen times on TV and thought it might not hold up in ... Read full article

1001 Classic Movies: The Ten Commandments

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 14, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

The Ten Commandments (1956), starring Charlton Heston, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). Throughout March, I'll be celebrating ... Read full article

“TCM Big Screen Classics: The Ten Commandments” Movie Event Ticket Giveaway (Now – March 12)

By Annmarie Gatti on Mar 5, 2016 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Win Tickets to see “The Ten Commandments” on the Big Screen! in Select Cinemas Nationwide March 20 & March 23! CMH is thrilled to announce our next monthly movie ticket giveaway this year, courtesy of Fathom Events! That said, this month, we’ll be giving away SIX PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big... Read full article


By Theresa Brown on Apr 5, 2015 From CineMaven's Essays from the Couch

This was on ABC  and I missed all but the last 40-minutes or so. It was done seriously but it’s sort of campy now. Doesn’t mean I don’t love it, ‘cuz I do. Had a brief text conversation during the movie, with my friend Sheila that went something like this ( Warning: Contains ... Read full article

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Quotes from

Bithiah: Moses, do not enter! There is only sorrow here.
Moses: Are you comforting it, Mother? I followed you here to find this woman Yocha... You were the woman who was caught between the stones.
Yochabel: Until you come.
Bithiah: My son, if you love me, you will...
Moses: I love you, Mother, but am I your son? Or yours?
Yochabel: No, you are not my son. If you believe that men and women are cattle to be driven under the lash, if you can bow before idols of stone and golden images of beasts, you are not my son.

Rameses: Let him rave on, that men will know him mad.

Moses: [Moses, to Sethi, after Sethi came to see Moses, as he was completing the city to be built] Pharoah is pleased?
Sethi: Yes. But not with certain accusations, made against you.
Moses: By whom?
Sethi: You raided the temple granaries?
Moses: Yes.
[Rameses puts first weight on weight scale, while weight scale on opposite side, stays up]
Sethi: You gave the grain to the slaves?
Moses: Yes.
[Rameses puts second weight on weight scale, while weight scale on opposite side, still stays up]
Rameses: You gave them one day in seven to rest.
Moses: Yes.
[Rameses puts third weight on weight scale, and scale lowered, with three weights, added together, to empty weight scale, on opposite side]
Sethi: Did you do all this, to gain their favor?
Moses: [Moses then put a brick on empty weight scale, on opposite side of Rameses' weight scale, of accusations, and then said] A city is made of brick, Pharoah. The strong make many. The weak make few. The dead make none. So much for accusations.

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Another plague was filmed but was not used. According to the commentary on the 50th Anniversary DVD, in 2006. This was the plague of frogs leaving the muddied Nile, coming up onto land, frightening and chasing Nefretiri and other Egyptians through their chambers of the palace. Cecil B. DeMille felt that the scene was not frightening enough, and could even be considered too humorous; thus, he omitted it from its final filming and completion, just before he and all other directors and production staff completed it and it would start being seen, in theaters, in 1956.
One day in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, a casting director for this film approached Jack Peters and his son Jon Peters to ask if Jon wanted to appear in the film, as multitudes of people with dark hair and complexions were needed to cross the Red Sea. Jon was chosen to ride a donkey and lead a goat by rope. He was so excited that he refused to wash off the makeup, when he went home, that night, so he would not have to put it back on the next day.
Julia Faye: Elisheba, Aaron's wife, was also in the 1923 version of The Ten Commandments, where she played the Pharaoh's wife.
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The Ten Commandments

Released 1956
Inducted 1999

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