Wholly Moses!

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An opportunistic attempt to cash in on the diminutive Moore's post-10 stardom by shamelessly ripping off the premise of The Life of Brian. Here we have, instead of the Gospels, a Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Promised Land, with Moore cast as the character denied his rightful place in Biblical history by some upstart called Moses. The director of Saturday Night Live opts for a comic style which falls uneasily between the New American anarchic comic farce and that pioneered by the 'Python' team. A string of promising cameos (DeLuise, Kahn, Pryor) none of which come off, and an underwritten script leave one very unsatisfied. Cecil B DeMille was cubits more comical than anything on show here.

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Director: Gary Weis
Screenwriter: Guy Thomas
Cast: Dudley Moore
Laraine Newman
James Coco
Paul Sand
Jack Gilford
Dom DeLuise
John Houseman
Madeline Kahn
David L Lander
Richard Pryor
John Ritter