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Charlton Heston as Moses
Passover and Easter are here, which means that ABC will follow the tradition of airing Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 film of The Ten Commandments, telling the story of Moses in nearly four hours. The film has managed to be popular from the moment it was released to today, 61 years later. The story of Moses remains timeless and, while some of the effects in the film aren’t as impressive as they used to be, the film’s acting and spectacle make it something that everyone should see. ABC’s Saturday, April 15, 2017 broadcast of the film begins at 7 p.m. ET.
The Ten Commandments begins with Moses as a baby, being given up by his mother after the Pharaoh orders the death of all firstborn Hebrew males, to the moment he dies before the Jews enter Canaan. In between, Moses must come to terms with his destiny to lead the Jews out of slavery even though he has to appeal to his adopted brother, Rameses.
After working with DeMille for 1952’s The Greatest Show on Earth, Charlton Heston won the role of Moses. It was his first of two career-defining roles, three years before his Oscar-winning turn in Ben-Hur. Heston’s other films include Planet of the Apes, Earthquake, Soylent Green and Tombstone. He died in 2008 at age 84. Click through to meet just a few of the others stars in The Ten Commandments. (Getty)