Ten Commandments

Trivia: The film held the record for highest-grossing Biblical movie for 48 years, until it was finally surpassed by "The Passion of the Christ" in 2004.

Trivia: The baby Moses was played by Fraser Heston, Charlton Heston's son.

Trivia: Future famous musician Herb Alpert has a cameo as a drummer boy during the massive Exodus scene.

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Trivia: Even though Martha Scott played Charlton Heston's mother in this film, she was only 11 years older than Heston.

Trivia: The narrator of the film is actually the director, Cecil B. DeMille.

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Trivia: To promote this film, MGM donated 2,000 replicas of the Stone Tablets to local civic organizations, to be placed in front of courthouses and the like. To this day, they remain controversial, the subject of an intense church-and-state debate.

Trivia: Some of the props used in the film - in particular cups, glasses and tableware - were used in the episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) called "Tapestry".

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Trivia: The film shows Joshua escaping and meeting up with Moses. According to holy Jewish texts, this is not so; no one could escape Egypt at the time, what with its highly occult powers. Only Moses could lead them out. And when he did lead them out, that was when Joshua went along.

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Trivia: The voice of God giving the Ten Commandments is a chorus of several male voices including, principally, Charlton Heston's and Cecil B.DeMille's, recorded separately with one track laid on top of the other and altered electronically. The other voices in the chorus were those of actor and singer Delos Jewkes and Donald Hayne, DeMille's publicist/biographer.

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Trivia: When the Israelites are waiting for Moses to get back with the commandments and are building a golden idol, 2 men are pouring molten gold when one burns his leg and starts hopping in pain. He quickly recovers and continues to act.


Revealing mistake: When the parted Red Sea comes together, if you look behind Pharaoh as his troops are being engulfed by the water, notice in the background that there are two boulders floating in the water, not being pushed, but floating lightly.

More mistakes in Ten Commandments

[Ramses unsheathes his sword and goes to kill Nefretiri.]
Nefretiri: Before you strike, show me his blood on your sword.
[Ramses throws his sword on the ground, sits on his throne and Nefretiri sits beside him.]
Nefretiri: You couldn't even kill him.
Ramses: His god... is God.

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