Rev. Warlock DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE (dblackthorne) wrote,

Wholly Moses!

Original film poster

John Ritter as The Devil.

Director: Gary Weis / Writer: Guy Thomas. Release Date: 13 June 1980 (USA) Genre: Comedy/Fantasy.
Tagline: "The story of Herschel. He wanted to be Moses...but he didn't have the right connections."

Synopsis: "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."

Dudley Moore ... Harvey Orchid/Herschel
Laraine Newman ... Zoey/Zerelda
James Coco ... Hyssop
Paul Sand ... God's Angel
Jack Gilford ... Tailor
Dom DeLuise ... Shadrach
John Houseman ... The Archangel
Madeline Kahn ... The Witch
David L. Lander ... The Beggar
Richard Pryor ... Pharaoh
John Ritter ... Satan (The Devil)
Richard B. Shull ... Jethro
Tanya Boyd ... Princess
Ruth Manning ... Landlady
Walker Edmiston ... God (voice)

DVD cover, July 6th, 2004.

Blasphemous humor! I was reminded recently of this veritable 'lost' mythological comedy film, in which right after 'jehovah' turns the woman into a pillar of salt, John Ritter as The Devil casually walks over to "Herschel" {wanna'-be 'Moses'} for a brief conversation about the influence of 'yahweh'; feeling under-appreciated, The Devil explains to Hershel that trees, among a few other things, are actually HIS idea, but never received credit.

Tags: comedy, humor, past orthodoxy, spechtreum

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