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The Ten Commandments (1956 film)

The Ten Commandments
Original theatrical release poster
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Produced by Cecil B. DeMille
Screenplay by Aeneas MacKenzie
Jesse L. Lasky Jr.
Jack Gariss
Fredric M. Frank
Based on Prince of Egypt
by Dorothy Clarke Wilson
Pillar of Fire
by J.H. Ingraham
On Eagle's Wings
by A.E. Southon
Book of Exodus
Starring Charlton Heston
Yul Brynner
Anne Baxter
Edward G. Robinson
Yvonne De Carlo
Debra Paget
John Derek
Narrated by Cecil B. DeMille
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography Loyal Griggs, A.S.C.
Edited by Anne Bauchens
Cecil B DeMille production
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • October 5, 1956 (1956-10-05) (USA)
Running time
220 minutes
(with intermission)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million
Box office $122.7 million
(initial release)

The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American biblical epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision (color by Technicolor), and released by Paramount Pictures. It dramatizes the biblical story of the life of Moses, an adopted Egyptian prince who becomes the deliverer of his real brethren, the enslaved Hebrews, and therefore leads the Exodus to Mount Sinai, where he receives, from God, the Ten Commandments. It stars Charlton Heston in the lead role, Yul Brynner as Rameses, Anne Baxter as Nefretiri, Edward G. Robinson as Dathan, Yvonne De Carlo as Sephora, Debra Paget as Lilia, and John Derek as Joshua; and features Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Sethi, Nina Foch as Bithiah, Martha Scott as Yoshebel, Judith Anderson as Memnet, and Vincent Price as Baka, among others.



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