I thought it was a cornball movie, horribly over acted and just as silly as any
other make belive fairy tale.
I love The Ten Commandments. It's a wholesome show with great actors. You don't
see those kinds of movies anymore. Most of the movies today are nothing but sex
and violence, no family needs that kind of garbage. I will watch Charlton Heston
and Yul Brenner any day before I would watch Tom Cruise or some of the so-called
actors of today. So, I disgree with No Thanks.
It is an epic and one which our family enjoys at least once every year. Cecil B
Demille will site other sources used in the compilation of this great movie
other than the old testament at the beginning of the film such as in the
writings of Josephus. The movie was such a hit in the 50's that my entire 4th
grade class was marched the 5 blocks to the movie house where we paid 50 cents
for the privilege of watching it (regular movies were 15 cents). It does lack
the tremendous visual effects that movies of today have.
it was, is, and always will be a great movie.
it's amusing to read that the movie was "riddled with fiction" when it is based
on a book that is riddled with fiction, and being critiqued by someone in a
religion that has more than a little fiction in its history...
a few unmentioned items-*Utah's own Arnold Friberg was asked personally by
DeMille to provide some input into historical costume design- Friberg's work was
liked so much that DeMille asked him to stay on and help with the look of the
design of the whole film*The world premiere was held in Salt Lake City, in
part because of Friberg, but also to thank the LDS church for it's help- and
DeMille knew he would have a receptive audience
Yes, there are consitencies. But, try to tell that to an awestruck 9 yr. old
watching the movie in 1958 on the big screen and in Cinemascope!! I was very
active in church but that movie made the Old Testament come alive. I still get
chills every time I watch it.
I feel bad that this sounds like it is written by someone who believes truth can
only be found in the Bible. Josephus was a very credible historian. Also, as an
amateur Egyptologist, I can tell you that the names used are thought to be
strong contenders for the characters in the film. Lastly, since the Bible gives
so little of the story, it is fine to make leaps of logic like assuming that
Moses had interaction with Pharaoh's sons. To infer that this and other things
are wrong because not specifically put in the Bible is narrow minded.I will grant that the romance is fiction along with other points but I believe
most deeply thinking people assume literary license is used.
Were you there to know that those stories in the bible are fiction? How would
you know they are fiction if you weren't there? This is probably a
waste of my time responding to your comment since you will dismiss it anyway,
but there are things that happen that can not be explained by science or logic.
I have had experiences that I know can not be explaned with science or the
natural mind. Does that mean they did not happen? Absolutely not. You may think
it is made up or fiction, but that does not take away the fact they happened. I
know you probably won't buy that explanation. Say what you want or believe what
you want, but do not dismiss that which you no nothing about.
My family watches it every year. The underlying meaning and theme are powerful
and it has a great message. So what if some of the characters aren't real. The
meaning and story are important for us today. I am glad that this movie was made
and wish we had more like it.
I still think it is a great movie after all the years that have gone by since I
first saw it on the big screen..I was just a young lad but I can still remember
sitting in that big theater with my popcorn and other assorted goodies having a
grand old time..I would be the first to admit that it is not a literal
presentation of scripture;but not being a rigid dogmatist myself I still believe
it is a decent representation of Biblical times.. It is kind of ironic how a
person with my views on religion can enjoy or be moved by such a movie,but I
always have been and hope I will continue to be..If nothing else I get to watch
a drama that is uplifting without all the vulgarity of modern cinema ,and really
Charlton Heston and Yul Brenner are heads and shoulders above most modern actors
in the application of their acting skill(as CP correctly pointed out)..Also I
would like to point out that "The Robe" and "Ben Hur" are excellent movies of
this genre..And for laughs"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum"
I love the movie, and look forward to it. Far more details were missed and added
in the Hollywood depiction than Lynn Arave identifies. Charlton
Heston needed a sign placed on the back of the rock at the bottom of Mt. Sinai,
saying, "Don't trip, Charlton!"Did the actors part their hair on the
same side as the original individuals?Why was this article written?
This article is not up to your usual standard, Lynn.
I loved this movie when I was a kid. It was one of the great ones.
Thanks for writing the article and sharing the difference with the Bible. I
appreciate seeing your reference to other historical literature.I love the
movie and now will share with others some of your insights!!
Chuck Heston makes us Left Coast liberals proud. I love a great story. There was
no Exodus. There is no evidence of of Moses. This was a great fictional movie.
They need to make more movies like this one.
Actually, when the scriptures say that a man "gives his daughter" to someone
else to be his wife it means that at the very least that the father of the bride
consented to the marriage. It is possible, of course, based on the customs of
the time, that Zipporah had no say in the matter. However, the Bible is also
clear that Moses lived for several years with Jethro and his family. It's
certainly possible that, as a result, Moses did actually choose Zipporah as his
wife. The other points mentioned in the article definitely aren't biblical.
Wow. Shocker that the movie was different than the book. When has that ever
And if you think this is bad, you should check out the Lightning Thief... they
totally butchered the book... ;) --Ray
Charlton Heston was born for this movie...and Ben Hur. Both are both inspiring
even if not totally accurate...we take that into account before we even see
Charleton Heston was born for this movie and Ben Hur. Both are inspiring even
if not totally accurate. We take that into account before watching.
The Movie isn't what really happened? Next you are going to tell me the Easter
Bunny isn't real, or Santa Clause, or Jesus.
If you understand the story as a whole, then you should be alright. If you focus
on the fantasy, then you missed the point completely. Hollywood has
a knack for exaggeration, it sells tickets.
The Egyptians were serious writers and recorded everything. There is not a
single reference in all their literature that indicates there were EVER any
"children of Israel" in captivity there. The entire Moses story is just
that, a story.
Ah so many memories.Moses unknowingly saving his own mother from
being crushed by the stone.The best Joshua ever. (Its hard not to
have him come to mind when reading about Joshua. :)And his lovely girlfriend and
her weasel master, Dathan.The great music as the awesome views of
the thousands begin leaving Egypt, through the facing line of lions.The swirling green mist of the plague moving through the streets.Moses's adopted mother and her bearers being invited to join the Isralites.The patriarch Joseph's bones being taken home to be buried in his own
land.The old, old man being invited to be hoisted onto Bithia's
conveyance.The donkey who doesn't want to go, now that the time has
finally come."The weak make few, the dead make none"
It WAS worth saying twice.He WAS born for these two great movies.Their inaccuracies ARE trumped by the what is good about them.
It's also worth pointing out that while the movie is traditionally shown during
Easter weekend, it's shown because that is also the time of Passover and there
are events in this movie which are related to that event. Don't assume that it's
only for Christians.
Saw a PBS documentary a few months ago where archaeological evidence was found
(writings) that supported the idea of Israelites being in that area of Egypt.
I always enjoy watching The Ten Commandmests Movie; I suggest that if Hollywood
return to making Biblical movies, instead of the trash that they make today; The
next time Hollywood makes a biblical movie; they need to follow the Bible as
accurately as possible and leave out the fiction. For those of you who call the
Bible stories fiction, your comments were not needed and I fail to understand
why the desnews needs to print comments addressing Bible stories as
No evidence? I guess the Bible & the hundreds of millions of people who believe
the story aren't considered "evidence".....
The Ten Commandments film is a classic and worth watching on every Easter. So
what if not everything is accurate or there's this and that put in the film. I
guess Hollywood does have to make use of artistic liberties to hold some
audiences attention. Anybody really want to see a hilarious depiction of a Bible
story, check out Noah's Ark with Jon Voight as Noah. It 's a two part mini
series you can check out on Youtube. Talk about a riot of laughs. People will
have to see what I mean. The Ten Commandments does have it's share of laughs
too. Not to take lightly the amazing true story of Moses and the awesome
symbolisms and and spiritual aspects of his amazing journey, but Nefertiti, the
wife of Ramses was a cheeseball; ("Oh, Moses, Moses! You splendid, adorable,
wonderful fool!")And most of the daughters of Jethro the High Priest were
goofballs and silly young women. Alot of the dialogue by the other characters
was pretty corny but no matter. Gotta love The Ten Commandments.
The parting of the red sea scene I understand was done with jello. I love
classic movies and how special effects were done creatively without computers.
What an awesome movie. When I'm watching a movie like this I'm not taking it all
as "gospel truth" and my faith in God is certainly not dependent on it, so who
cares whether or not the details all come from the Bible or not.
The article is a little too picky here, but it got the naysayers to come out
from beneath their rocks...
The movie is almost 4 hours long - not almost 3 as the reporter states... Seems like fact checking is a thing of the past ... :)
The movie doesn't use the KJV spelling of the name Jochebed? Next you'll be
telling me all the Spanish language scriptures should be classified as fiction
for referring to Moses as Moises!Exodus is not written as a
screenplay. I think most of us are intelligent enough to figure the moviemakers
were embellishing the story for cinematic effect.I'd like to see
some good movies made of the old Bible stories, like Abraham and Sarah, but
don't do like most ofthe old movies where the prophet is depicted as always
staring off into space. Make them more real.
It was a fiction drama, but a great movie.
Poor Dennis has a superficial knowledge of Egypt. Many things have been struck
from Egyptian records. Anything that was embarrassing or uncomfortable was
often struck out of records. The fact that the Moses story is not there is of
very little significance. However, it is very clear that whoever
wrote the Exodus story had a very intimate knowledge of the workings of the
royal court of Egypt.Absense of evidence is NOT evidence of absence.
Anyone with true understanding knows that.No question, the movie is
kind of hokey. But, I love it anyway. It is a product of its time and I think
I agree with the first posting. It is nothing but a melodramatic piece of
The Bible isn't "evidence" to anything. It's an old book. Saying the bible is
evidence is like saying "Lord of the Rings" is history too. though I like Rings
So, the Dead Sea Scrolls..what about those? What about the authentic separate
records of the books Bible in Greek, Hebrew, and other languages? What about
numerous other ancient documents that have been found? If you say the Egyptians
were serious writers, you must know about those people who wrote like in the
B.C. era? You claim to know one aspect of the Egyptians. If you know that, you
have some interest in history. You should look up other, older documents from
all over the world. It wasn't just the Egyptians who were great writers. There
are volumes of books about records all over the world that have been kept.
Yes, watched it and appreciated. It's distressing how much cynicism, negativity,
and pseudo-intellectualism cloaks us these days. Faith is not a physical or
intellectual exercise. It is a lived experience.