The Ten Commandments
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Cecil B. DeMille's first screen version of The Ten Commandments is only peripherally a Biblical story. The film's first 45 minutes recaps the struggle between Moses (Theodore Roberts) and Rameses (Charles de Roche) over the liberation of the Hebrews. Only after the Lord has imposed a series of plagues upon Egypt does Rameses relent and permit the Exodus to take place--only to go back on his word a few moments later. The scenes of thousands of Hebrews trekking across the desert, the parting of the Red Sea (an effect accomplished in part by splitting a bowl of gelatin down the middle)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"This is light years better than the Heston version. The effects hold up better (parting of the read sea is awesome!), the acting is better and it's about an hour shorter."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"DeMille's trademark sensibility aside, the two sections illustrate what the director gave up in his transformation into epic moviemaker."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"pure spectacle"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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