The Ten Commandments

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The Ten Commandments is a 1956 biblical film starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonn De Carlo, Debra Paget, and John Derek. The film was directed by Cecil B. DeMille. It is a semi remake of the 1923 film The Ten Commandments.


After getting disgusted by the tyranny of Rameses I (Brynner), Prince Moses (Heston) leads the Egyptians to a free land.

Once he and the Egyptians reach the free land near Mount Siani, The Ten Commandments are written and placed in the Ark of the Covenant.

Why It Rocks

  1. The story is well told.
  2. Authentic outfits that bear resemblances to the real clothes that were worn during the Biblical period.
  3. Superb acting.
  4. The film is one of the most recognizable faith-based films ever made.
  5. The special effects are terrific.
  6. Yul Brynner made an intimidating Rameses
  7. Charlton Heston made a good Moses.


  • It's one of the films to have a variation of the Paramount Pictures logo. In this film's case, the variation was designed by Arnold Friberg.
  • The working title for this film was originally Prince of Egypt. In addition to its Biblical source material, the narrative was partially based on "Prince of Egypt" by Dorothy Clarke Wilson.
  • For the parting of the Red Sea sequence, a set was built that included two giant water tanks, which covered not only a 300 by 300-foot square area of the Paramount backlot but also part of the RKO backlot.
  • The motion picture was Cecil B DeMille's 70th and final film, Demille suffered a heart attack during filming at Beni Youssef but returned to the set shortly after.