Ten Commandments

New this month Audio problem: After the Red Sea parts, and almost all of the Hebrews are across the dry expanse, the pillar of fire holding Pharaoh back disappears, and the chariots head into the expanse themselves to pursue the Hebrews. A very young Hebrew boy at the rear of the masses says 'Look, Grandpa! Pharaoh and his men are coming!' and points at them with his free hand. Watch his mouth: the child is merely moving his lower jaw up and down. Apparently the child actor was too young to learn any lines so the producers improvised.

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.

Other mistake: When Rameses places the dead body of his son on the statue next to his throne, watch as it cuts to a shot of the side of the statue. A dummy was used in this scene, and it becomes obvious. Check out his hair, which looks like plastic, and his eyes, which look like little circles.

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Moses takes the first journey up Mt. Sinai for his very first view of the burning bush, the walking scene shot has Charlton Heston following the camera as the camera dolly's backwards towards the bush. As Heston and the camera movement comes to a halt, you can see two long tire tracks in the sand created by the dolly truck that housed the camera and cameraman.

Revealing mistake: All of the women in the film have 1950's-style haircuts.

Factual error: When Rameses is casting Moses out into the desert, he stands in his chariot. The pyramids behind him is the Saquara pyramid, so Moses is being sent West into the Sahara, and not East into the Sinai.

Factual error: When Moses is received by the Pharaoh after his Ethiopian campaign, he greets the Pharaoh with a Roman salute (right fist on left shoulder).

Revealing mistake: When Rameses is casting Moses out into the desert, he stands in his chariot and delivers his speech about ruling over the scorpions. The pyramids behind him are 20th century photos, i.e. they look 4000 years old. In the time of Rameses, they would have been substantially newer - 1000-1500 years old.

Continuity mistake: When Moses leads the Hebrews from Egypt, he pauses before them to deliver a little speech before they head out into the desert. He faces the camera and lifts his staff up with his left hand. But on the cutaway shot from behind, he is holding the staff in his right hand.

Continuity mistake: When Moses confronts his Egyptian mother Bithiah with the Hebrew piece of cloth, she is beading on an Egyptian loom. During this scene, the string that she is beading (the farthest to our right) first matches the height of the other strings. One shot later, there is suddenly more beads, making the string higher than the others. (00:57:40)

Revealing mistake: When Rameses is casting Moses out into the desert the place where the real set ends and a painted panel starts is noticeable: The yellow sand becomes dark brown and the sea behind remains still all the time.

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Revealing mistake: When Pharoah's chariots descend into the parted Red Sea to pursue the Israelites, the path before them is neatly grooved with chariot wheel tracks and not trodden with the thousands of footprints and hoof prints of humans and animals that went before them.

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Other mistake: When Moses' wife Sephora is out guarding the sheep, Moses is with his son at a tent. Sephora calls him because there is a stranger behind the rocks. When she calls you can hear that the sound is indoor-sound from a set, not outdoors. This continues when Moses calls, the dogs bark and so on.

Continuity mistake: The distance between Rameses and Moses alternates from elbow to elbow to about three feet apart as the shots change when the duo are facing Seti during the Ethiopian tribute scene.

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Continuity mistake: When Nefertiri and Moses are saying their goodbyes in the cave, his shackled right hand starts to stroke the upper left side of Nefertiri's hair, but the next cut shows Moses' hand lower down.

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Continuity mistake: After Rameses slaps the coin out of Dathan's hand, the shot cuts to Dathan being much closer to Rameses. Another instant cut and Dathan is further from Rameses again.

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[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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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.

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