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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 »

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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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Details

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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was originally titled "The Book of Herschel". 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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Delbert McClinton (1981) See more »

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Wholly Moses
4 June 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Moore plays a shepherd who's somehow two steps behind Moses when a famous incident occurs. The film is sporadically funny with Moore working in some mildly comic routines and there are fine cameos from Pryor, Kahn and Coco, but altogether, the film needs some side splitting laughs.


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