<strong>By Evan Derrick</strong><br /><br />It was called "the greatest event in motion picture history" when it premiered in 1956. Take our quiz to find out how much you really know about "The 10 Commandments.<br />

The 1956 film is a remake of an earlier film that Cecil B. DeMille also directed. Which of the following is true of the original 1923 version?


Some details in the film were drawn not from the Biblical account in Exodus, but from other historical and sacred sources. Which of the following IS NOT a source that was used in writing the story line?


Adjusting for inflation, how much money did “The 10 Commandments” make when it was released in 1956?

"The 10 Commandments" made $65,000,000 when it came out in 1956. According to Box Office Mojo, that is $1,049,310,000 in today's dollars, making it the fifth highest grossing film of all time.

What percentage of the film was actually shot in Egypt?


How many commandments does Jewish tradition contend that Moses actually received from God on the mountain?


What political figure is rumored to have appeared as an extra in the film?

Fidel Castro is rumored to have played an Egyptian soldier in the film. Shirley MacLaine once asked him if that was true, but she only received an ambiguous answer in reply.

During the narrated desert sequence, how were the sandstorms created?


How many extras and animals were used during the course of filming?

At least 14,000 extras and 15,000 animals were used during the course of filming.

Only 4 of the 10 plagues are shown in the movie: Blood, Hail, Darkness, and Death of the Firstborn. Director Cecil B. DeMille could not figure out a way to show the other plagues without it coming off as comical. Which plague was filmed but ultimately cut from the movie for being unintentionally humorous?


In the 1923 version, the parting of the Red Sea was created by melting down two enormous blocks of blue gelatin, filming it, and playing the footage backwards. How was the effect created for the 1956 version?

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