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
Distributed by ITC/RAI
Release date
  • 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, transmitted in 1973 and 1974, is a 6-hour British television miniseries which starred Burt Lancaster as Moses. It was an ITC/RAI co-production, whose shooting took place in Rome and on location in Morocco and Israel.

Many of the writers, cast members, and crew members of Moses the Lawgiver contributed to another biblical coproduction by ITC/RAI--the ambitious miniseries Jesus of Nazareth, which was transmitted three years later, in 1977.

Plot summary[edit]



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


In 1975, a tie-in book, written by Australian author Thomas Keneally,[2] was published by Harper & Row.

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 9 January 2010. 

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