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The Ten Commandments (1956)
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Cecil B. DeMille
Charlton HestonYul BrynnerAnne Baxter
3h 40m

"The Ten Commandments" is a 1956 epic religious drama directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The film tells the story of Moses, from his birth and adoption by the Pharaoh's daughter, to his eventual leadership of the Israelites out of Egypt and to the Promised Land. Charlton Heston stars as Moses, with Yul Brynner as Pharaoh, Anne Baxter as Nefretiri, and Edward G. Robinson as Dathan.

The film starts with the Egyptian Pharaoh ordering the death of all newborn Hebrew males, but Moses is saved by his mother and raised as an Egyptian prince. Moses later discovers his true identity and becomes a leader of the Hebrews, demanding their freedom from slavery. After various plagues and miracles, the Pharaoh agrees to release the Hebrews, but later changes his mind and pursues them with his army. Moses parts the Red Sea, allowing the Hebrews to escape, but the Pharaoh and his army are drowned. Moses then receives the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai.

The film explores themes such as leadership, faith, freedom, and justice. It received seven Academy Award nominations, winning for Best Special Effects, and has become a classic of the epic genre.

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