Moses the Lawgiver

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Moses the Lawgiver
Directed by Gianfranco De Bosio
Produced by
Written by
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Marcello Gatti
Edited by
Release dates
  • 22 December 1974 (1974-12-22) (Italy)
Running time
Original: 360 min
Theatrical version: 141 min
Country United Kingdom/Italy
Language English
Budget $5 million[1]

Moses the Lawgiver (1973–74) is a 6-hour British television miniseries starring Burt Lancaster as Moses. An ITC/RAI co-production, shooting took place in Rome and on location in Morocco and Israel.

Many of the writers, cast and crew of Moses the Lawgiver contributed to another biblical coproduction by ITC/RAI — the ambitious miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (1977) — three years later.

Plot summary[edit]



As Charlton Heston's son Fraser played the infant Moses in the 1956 Hollywood production of The Ten Commandments, so Burt Lancaster's son Bill (credited as William) plays Moses as a young man in Moses the Lawgiver.


In 1975, a tie-in book, penned by Australian author Thomas Keneally,[2] was released.

Theatrical and DVD releases[edit]

The 360-minute long mini-series was later edited into a 141-minute version for theatrical release under the same name.[3] In 2004, this shortened version was released as a one-disc DVD. A 300-minute version (2 discs) was released in 2012 for Latin America (but not dubbed into Spanish and compatible in both Regions 1 & 4); it was packaged (somewhat deceptively) as Moises y los 10 Mandamientos-Extended Version.


  1. ^ 'MOSES THE LAWGIVER': can Moses compete with guns and cops? Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 22 June 1975: p1.
  2. ^ Moses the Lawgiver (1975), Harper & Row Publishers
  3. ^ "Moses the Lawgiver". Internet Movie DataBase. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 

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