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The Ten Commandments (1956)

Moses is a prince of Egypt until he finds his true parentage links him to the slaves that are building Pharaoh Sethi’s city. Wandering and wondering why the people are still in bondage, Moses is given the unique task of leading the people to God’s Promised Land. But Ramses, Sethi’s heir, won’t let the slaves go willingly. While you’re watching this Cecil B. DeMille classic, look for these movie mistakes.

· Moses and the sheikhs are sitting in the tent while Jethro’s daughters prepare to dance. In the far view of Moses, he rolls up the canvas he had been writing on. It cuts to a close-up of him and he’s still rolling the canvas although he had previously finished.

· During the final plague on Egypt, Moses and the others are eating at the table. Bithiah’s elbows are on the table, with her hands near her face. In the close-up of her, when she says “they’re my people”, she puts her hands down. But in the very next far view, her hands are at her face again.

· The last plague is spreading through Egypt when Ramses is talking to the guards on the balcony. One guard falls and his father holds him in his arms. The dead guard’s head is facing different ways between the far view where the right side of his face is towards the camera and the close-up view where his entire face is towards the camera.

· The crowd is about to leave Egypt when Moses turns to address them. At first, in the front view of Moses, he’s holding his staff in his left hand. In the following back view of him, he’s holding the staff in his right hand.

“The Ten Commandments” (1956) stars Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Eduard Franz, Yvonne De Carlo, Edward G. Robinson, John Derek, Olive Deering, John Carradine and Vincent Price. It runs 220 minutes and is rated G.


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