Since 1973, ABC has been airing the 1956 version of The Ten Commandments every year, with its airing date somewhere between Passover and the Saturday before Easter. The only exception to this was in 1999 when they aired a remake, which was in no way comparable to the classic. Luckily, they switched back to the original the next year. I look forward to watching this movie every year and am always so grateful that ABC continues to broadcast it!
The Ten Commandments was produced and directed by great Cecil B. DeMille in 1956, and it quickly became one of the most popular box-office movies of all time. Tracing the steps of Moses, as told in the Book of Exodus, the film vividly brings to life everything from his being sent out on the Nile in a reed basket as an infant, through his life as an Egyptian prince, his exile into the land of Midian followed by his return to deliver the Hebrew slaves, and concluding with the receiving of the commandments on Mt. Sinai. Starring Charlton Heston as Moses, Yul Brynner as Pharaoh, Anne Baxter as Queen Nefretiri, Edward G. Robinson, and Yvonne DeCarlo, The Ten Commandments is a film that will dazzle the senses on every level.
The Ten Commandments was awarded the 1956 Academy Award for Best Special Effects in addition to receiving nominations for Best Picture, Best Art Direction & Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Sound. This spectacular film will air as an ABC Special Presentation, Saturday April 19th (7:00-11:44 p.m., ET), on The ABC Television Network.
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