The 10 Commandments on the Big Screen
Sixty years after its initial release, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS remains one of the highest-grossing and most popular titles of all time, and on Sunday, March 20, and Wednesday, March 23, Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) offer a rare chance to see the monumental epic on the big screen.
For four screenings only – two each day – the TCM Big Screen Classics series presents this fully restored Vista Vision production, which reveals every vibrant detail of the stunning landscapes, costumes and visual effects, digitally projected in its original 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio. This special presentation of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS will play at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time) each day in more than 650 theaters nationwide.
Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS remains a cinematic triumph and perennial fan-favorite. Directed by renowned filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS grossed more than $65 million at the U.S. box office in 1956—equal to more than $1.1 billion today—ranking it below only Gone With the Wind, Star Wars, The Sound of Music, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Titanic on the list of highest-grossing titles. In its initial release, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS played in many theaters around the country for more than a year.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS tells the epic story of the life of Moses (Charlton Heston), once favored in the household of the Pharaoh (Yul Brynner), who turns his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom.
The all-star cast also includes Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Cedric Harwicke, Nina Foch, Judith Anderson, Martha Scott, Vincent Price and John Carradine.
TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will present all-new commentary for THE TEN COMMANDMENTS both before and after the feature.