Friday, April 2, 2010

The Ten Commandments on ABC

Since 1973, ABC has been airing the 1956 version of The Ten Commandments every year, with its airing date somewhere in 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!

Here is the synopsis given by ABC:

Cecil B. DeMille's massive film spectacle, The Ten Commandments, one of the most popular box-office movies of all time, will air as an ABC Special Presentation, SATURDAY, APRIL 3 (7:00-11:44 p.m., ET), on The ABC Television Network.
Starring Charlton Heston as Moses, this dramatic Biblical epic is presented with an all-star cast, including Yul Brynner as Pharaoh, Anne Baxter as Queen Nefretiri, Edward G. Robinson as the overseer of the slaves and Yvonne DeCarlo as Moses' wife.
The film traces the story of Moses, from the time his mother set him afloat on the Nile, through his years as a young commander in Pharaoh's army to his betrayal and exile and, finally, his deliverance of the Israelites and the receiving of God's Commandments.
The Ten Commandments won the 1956 Academy Award for Best Special Effects and received nominations for Best Picture, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

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Daphne said...

I have always loved this movie and we try to watch it every year when it's on. I was wondering if it was going to be shown this year.

Dr J said...

I think it is widely accepted that this is the quintessential cinematic treatment of this ancient story. I have to laugh at one of my friends who states that whenever she hears about Moses at church she automatically envisions Charlton Heston. Just goes to show how deeply entrenched this movie really is in the collective consciousness. Thanks for running this synopsis. Love your blog!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Isn't it bad that I've never seen this? I guess I need to watch it!

Kristin Rae said...

OOO yay! I'm so glad ABC still airs this. Surprised, but happy. ;) Thanks for the heads up!

Unknown said...

OMG. I remember this movie! I grew up with this movie! I stopped watching TV on a daily basis years ago though, I kinda miss watching this even though I'm no longer Catholic.

Pauline said...

The only better movie with Yul and Chuck is "The Buccaneer" from 1958. Charleton Heston is Andrew Jackson and Yul Brynner is Jean Laffite. And the history is just as spurious there, too! Thanks, Hollywood.

JaneGS said...

I have seen this movie more times than I can remember--at least a dozen. Seen it on TV yearly, in Sunday School, at the movie theater when I was a kid. Getting pretty dated--just imagine how a remake would do the Red Sea parting with CGI?--but still a classic.