“Let my people go!” It’s one of my favorite lines from one of the most classic movies of all time. Yes, you guessed it. It’s Cecil B. DeMille’s glorious biblical epic. The telling of the story of Moses from a baby floating in the Nile, through princedom, through exodus from Egypt all the way to receiving the ten commandments. It stars a gloriously powerful Charleton Heston as Moses, Yul Brynner as Pharaoh and Anne Baxter as Queen Nefretiri. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time.
It’s also a yearly staple. The 10 Commandments is to Passover / Easter as It’s a Wonderful Life is to Christmas. I remember watching it when I was younger always excited for it, although I never quite made it through the entire movie back then. I just love the movie. It’s not a religious thing at all, I can’t stretch that point enough. It’s just great cinema and I love great cinema. For 1956 the visuals were amazing. I would always be in awe every time I saw Moses part the Red Sea. Charleton’s strong portrayal of Moses in all parts of his life was just so well done. The movie is just wonderful in so many ways. No wonder it is an Academy Award winner. Though it only won one 1956 award for Best Special Effects it received a total of seven nominations for Best Picture, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Sound and the category it won.
I remember it always airing on Sunday nights on ABC, though I could be wrong. We’re getting our yearly dose of the movie tonight, Saturday Apil 7 at 7:00pm ET. It’s a long movie (especially when aired on TV with commercials) so it will run you almost 5 hours. It’s scheduled to end at 11:44 pm ET. It’s all happening on ABC.
Watch a trailer for the movie below and I hope you’re as excited as I am. I’ll be DVRing it just in case I miss parts. Happy Passover and Happy Easter everyone. Enjoy!