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Wholly Moses! (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy | 13 June 1980 (USA)
Harvey and Zoey, two tourists travelling through Israel, discover an ancient scroll describing the life of Herschel, the man who was almost Moses. Herschel receives the command from God to ... See full summary »

Director:

Gary Weis

Writer:

Guy Thomas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Moore ... Harvey / Herschel
Laraine Newman ... Zoey / Zerelda
James Coco ... Hyssop
Paul Sand ... Angel Of The Lord
Jack Gilford ... Tailor
Dom DeLuise ... Shadrach
John Houseman ... Archangel
Madeline Kahn ... Sorceress
David L. Lander ... Beggar
Richard Pryor ... Pharaoh
John Ritter ... Devil
Richard B. Shull ... Jethro
Tanya Boyd ... Princess
William Watson ... Bandit
Sam Weisman ... Talent Coordinator
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Storyline

Harvey and Zoey, two tourists travelling through Israel, discover an ancient scroll describing the life of Herschel, the man who was almost Moses. Herschel receives the command from God to free his people from Egyptian slavery, but Moses keeps blundering by and taking all the credit. Several other biblical stories, such as Lot and his wife, David and Goliath, and the miracles of Jesus, are also parodied in this story of the life of a man trying to follow the path to God, but somehow always seeming to lose his way. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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He wanted to be Moses...but he didn't have the right connections. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Dudley Moore starred in this comedy, a box-office flop, between his two massive hit comedies, 10 (1979) and Arthur (1981), which feature two of his best known performances in feature films. See more »

Quotes

Zerelda: Hey everbody! My husband, he's just talked with God. Come here! He's doing God now. He's doing God, just talked to him. Ok, go ahead, do it.
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Crazy Credits

Cast members Dom DeLuise, John Houseman, Madeline Kahn, David L. Lander, Richard Pryor, and John Ritter all received 'special appearance' credits. See more »

Connections

References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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Took Turns Sleeping Through It...
30 December 2003 | by subcityiiSee all my reviews

True Story: One of my older brothers moved into a new apartment in suburban Denver and one day, he invited a few of us family members and a couple of friends over to his new place. He invited us to watch this movie because it just happened to be debuting on cable TV that week. One of my brother's friends said he was looking forward to watching John Ritter's cameo. We gathered around the TV and when the movie started, we found it to be so unfunny, we took turns sleeping through it. After the movie was over, the friend asked if John Ritter was even in the movie. I pointed out that Ritter was in the movie but since he had slept through his one scene, he missed Ritter entirely. I have nothing more to add.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Book of Herschel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,625,280, 15 June 1980

Gross USA:

$14,155,617

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,155,617
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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