Let my people go! The classic Biblical story of Moses leading the Hebrews to freedom from slavery was made into a 1956 movie called, "The Ten Commandments." How well do you remember it?
Moses parted the Red Sea when the Hebrews were trying to leave Egypt, and the Pharaoh and his army came after them. With the power of the Lord, Moses parted the Red Sea so the Hebrews could get through. Once they had safely passed, the water came crashing down and drowned the army.
Charlton Heston played the lead role of Moses in "The Ten Commandments." This legendary actor appeared in over 100 films and often played historical characters.
Moses was found floating in a basket in the Nile river. His mother had placed him there to hopefully spare his life from the ruling Pharaoh who had issued a directive that all first-born Hebrew sons be killed.
Memnet knew Moses was Hebrew because the swaddling cloth in which he was wrapped was Levite. Memnet warned Bithiah not to take the child because he was clearly placed there to avoid the Pharaoh's edict, but Bithiah ordered Memnet to serve Moses as if he were her own son.
Moses is in love with Nefretiri, the Throne Princess, while he is a prince. However, she must marry the next Pharaoh, and Rameses wants her for himself, both by law and in his heart.
Yoshebel is Moses's birth mother, and he saves her from being crushed during a building project, though he did not yet know she was his mother. He is also rather impressed by Joshua's character and begins to show curiosity in Joshua's God, as well as showing more care for how the slaves are treated.
Nefretiri pushes Memnet over a balcony after hearing Memnet claim that Moses was born to a Hebrew slave, and is not an Egyptian prince at all. An argument ends in Memnet's death.
Aaron introduces himself as Moses's brother when Moses travels to Yoshebel's house. He understands that Moses could not have known who his true family was, given the circumstances of his upbringing.
Baka is whipping Joshua to within an inch of his life. Moses intervenes to stop this from happening and ends up killing Baka in the process. He confesses to Joshua that he is Hebrew, and Joshua happily proclaims this to anyone who will listen. Unfortunately, Rameses has a servant named Dathan who overhears this information.
Jethro kindly took Moses in and gave him a chance. When Moses showed his proficiency for trading, Jethro offered one of his daughters to Moses in marriage. Moses chose the eldest daughter, Sephora.
God speaks to Moses through a burning bush, and He tells Moses he must return to free the slaves in Egypt. Moses is initially not certain he can achieve such a feat, but is eventually convinced.
Though it may not have been a rattlesnake, Moses shows Rameses the power of God by turning his staff into a snake. Rameses has some magicians who appear to do the same, but Moses' snake eats the other snakes.
After Moses comes back to speak with Rameses to try to obtain freedom for the Hebrew slaves, Rameses retaliates by saying the slaves are required to make the same number of bricks as they always do, but now without straw. The slaves become very angry at Moses and attempt to kill him.
One of the plagues the Egyptian people experienced was the water turning into blood. From the water in the river to anything they would use to bathe or drink, they could only find blood.
The Egyptian people were terrorized as huge pieces of hail that burst into flame fell on them.
Moses predicts three days of darkness for the Egyptian people, forcing them to use candles throughout what would be the day and night. This creates a very eerie environment.
As the final plague, God sweeps through the Egyptian households and kills the firstborn of each family. This is similar to what was decreed years before in Egypt by the Pharaoh, that the firstborn son of every Hebrew family would be killed. In this final plague, the Pharaoh's own son dies.
To avoid the final plague, the Hebrew people painted their door frames with the blood of a sacrificial lamb. Egyptians, not believing in the true God of the Hebrews, did not paint their door frames and therefore suffered from the final plague. One exception was Dathan, an Egyptian overseer.
A pillar of fire blocks the Egyptians when they try to catch up to the Hebrew people. As the Hebrew people pass through the parted sea, the Egyptians can only watch in dismay until the pillar dies down.
Mount Sinai is the mountain Moses climbs after leading the people out of Egypt and through the sea. However, when waiting for him to come back down, the people get impatient.
While waiting for Moses to come back down from the mountain, the Hebrews get impatient and decide to make a golden idol in the shape of a calf to take back to Egypt in the hope of winning Pharaoh's forgiveness. Dathan is one of the forces that move the people to sin in this way.
Moses comes down the mountain with the Ten Commandments, but upon seeing the sinfulness of the people, he destroys them by throwing them at the golden idol they made. All who did not follow Moses were swallowed up in a burning crevasse.
The Hebrew people are forced to wander for 40 years in exile in the desert as punishment for making the golden calf, and to prove their loyalty to God. After 40 years, they can finally arrive in Israel.
Moses and Joshua remained close throughout the period of exile in the desert. When Moses departed permanently, he named Joshua as his successor to continue to lead the people.
After the final plague and the death of his son, Rameses feels defeated and tells Moses to take his people and everything that comes with them and go. There is no reconciliation here.
When Moses fully integrates himself into Hebrew life, he grows longer hair and a long beard. He no longer resembles the clean, handsome, vane appearance of an Egyptian prince.
After his army was swept away by the sea, Rameses came to the realization that Moses's God was the true God. It was too little, too late, as his army and son had been killed.
Aaron sticks his staff into the river water and the water begins to turn to blood. Whenever the Egyptians tried to use water in a jar, basin, or from the river for any purpose, it was blood.
When Moses begins to connect the dots of his ancestry, he wants to discover the truth. Bithiah rushes to see Yoshebel to beg her not to reveal Moses' true identity to him, but Yoshebel can't hold back.
The Hebrew god is the "God of Abraham" and also sometimes known as the "God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." Moses realizes that Jethro's family worships this god.
The Angel of Death creeps through the Egyptian homes in the form of a green cloud, killing all the firstborn sons, even those who are no longer children. Pharaoh's own son dies.
Seti begs Moses not to proclaim himself as the Deliverer because he really doesn't want anything bad to happen to Moses. Even though Moses isn't his real son, we're led to believe that he loved Moses more than his own flesh-and-blood son, Rameses.
Moses petitions Pharaoh repeatedly to let his people go, but Pharaoh, in his proud nature, continues to say no. That is, until his son is killed. He then begins to think otherwise.
When Moses was brought to trial before Pharaoh, he is bound in chains and shackles like a common criminal. The Egyptian crowd is shocked to see a "prince" of Egypt brought so low.
Moses was charged with finishing the city and used slaves to raise massive structures called obelisks. This was before he had any inkling of his true heritage.