many, the best access to the 1976 mini-series MOSES
THE LAWGIVER was the 2-hour-and-20-minute edit MOSES
released in theatres. Over the years, I?ve found very
little on the footage removed from the series. Fortunately,
I was able to obtain a Spanish NTSC DVD of the original
mini-series. Because there is still a lack of info,
I feel it right to release such information for other
readers. Here is a list of the differences of the
series and movie.
DELETED SCENE- Scene cut entirely from the mini-series
EXTENDED SCENE- Scene shortened from the mini-series.
ALTERED SCENE- Scene played differently (a rearranged
edit, a change in score)
The mini-series had a special title sequence: close-ups
of the cast before scenes of the series, always
fading into a negative-image of sorts. The movie?s
opening is just scenes of Israelites wandering the
DELETED SCENE: Richard Johnson narrates scenes of
the Israelites migrating to Egypt, describing their
history and their many tribes from the sons of Jacob.
DELETED SCENE: Some children play with a doll they
call Joseph. They ask their father if Joseph was
a god. The father says there are many gods in Egypt.
EXTENDED SCENE: Pharaoh Seti?s Court discuss the
Hebrew problem. The narrator mentions the King?s
ignorance of Joseph. Seti explains his fear that
war will cause the Hebrews to ally with Egypt?s
enemies, justifying his order to enslave them.
EXTENDED SCENE- Egypt collecting the Hebrews. The
Captain has a line of dialogue- ?Are you the sons
of Levi??- before making the attack.
EXTENDED SCENE: Egyptians rustling the Hebrews.
A shepherd protests his change of position.
ALTERED SCENE: Israelites working to build treasure
palaces. In the series, Richard Johnson narrates
this scene. The movie omits the narration.
DELETED SCENE: Miriam attacks a Hebrew girl for
?going native? by wearing an Egyptian necklace.
She declares her unborn brother will set things
right for her people.
EXTENDED SCENE: Seti?s Court. A scribe describes
the Israelites? adultery, lechery, and incest.
DELETED SCENE: Miriam makes a basket; she explains
her mother?s absence as being due to isolation for
DELETED SCENE: Miriam presents the basket to Yokebed
and her baby son.
EXTENDED SCENE: Miriam carrying the basket to the
Nile. She checks on her baby brother, telling him
of his future destiny.
EXTENDED SCENE: Miriam meeting Princess Bithia and
her adopted baby. Bithia?s handmaidens gossip about
the child?s background. Miriam is stopped by a handmaiden.
Bithia begins to understand where her miracle baby
DELETED SCENE: As Yokebed nurses the baby, Bithia
awkwardly apologizes for the woman?s ?dead? son,
stating her confusion with state policy and men.
She declares that in a few weeks time, Yokebed will
leave the child to her care alone.
DELETED SCENE: Yokebed and Miriam return to their
village among gossip that she sold her child to
an Egyptian. Two old men take this child?s escape
as a sign of God finally hearing their pain. Yokebed
embraces her husband.
DELETED SCENE: Prince Moses comforts the dying Bithia;
Bithia comments about Moses? un-Egyptian thirst
for knowledge of the unknown.
DELETED SCENE: Bithia is embalmed; Moses bides his
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses? audience with Prince Merneptah
in the miniature city. Moses informs him of the
death of his mother, calling him the Pharaoh?s sister
(The movie?s omission of this line makes it implied
that the Pharaoh in the beginning and the Pharaoh
before Dathan are one and the same). Merneptah nonchalantly
likens her death to the death of the slaves who
built the cities.
EXTENDED SCENE: Miriam and Aaron spots Moses. Miriam
asks Aaron if that is Moses. Aaron watches the Prince
DELETED SCENE: Moses wanders the Hebrew village,
noticing his people?s poverty.
DELETED SCENE: Dathan enters the Overseer?s house
as his lord is having his way with his wife. The
Overseer mocks the slave?s status and masculinity,
inciting Dathan to attack him.
DELETED SCENE: Dathan?s whipping/Moses kills the
overseer. As the overseer declares Dathan?s crime,
Dathan pleads that he did not want to be a cuckold.
DELETED SCENE: Moses comes out of the murdered Overseer?s
house, stuttering his death by his own brutality.
When an old man asks the name of this person who
speaks so negatively of his Egyptian people, Moses
tells him his name.
EXTENDED SCENE: Dathan?s audience with King Ramses
(portrayed only in shadow and voice). Ramses is
upset over the revelation of Prince Moses? true
DELETED SCENE: Miriam informs her family of Moses?
return. Aaron is pessimistic about his sister?s
idealism. Yokebed is uncertain about meeting her
youngest child only to lose him.
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses? reunion with Miriam. Narration
mentions Miriam filling Moses? emotional void. Moses
shares talk with Miriam about his background.
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses? conversation with Jethro.
The movie cuts down Zipporah?s lines and Moses?
reminiscences of his past to one each.
DELETED SCENE: A shot of King Merneptah sitting
on his throne.
EXTENDED SCENE: The old man?s story about Moses.
He adds that Moses must be bleached bones by now.
EXTENDED SCENE: Merneptah?s recollection of Moses.
He feels responsibility for sending his cousin into
the position that led to his exile.
EXTENDED SCENE: Jethro gazing at Moses. He questions
the name of Moses? son Jessum.
EXTENDED SCENE: The messenger from Egypt. The Messenger
says it?s Moses? choice that he return to Egypt
DELETED SCENE: Moses in his tent the night of his
meeting with God. He calls out for God to take away
this burden asked of him. He is struck down. Zipporah
calls out if God wants Moses or their child. She
goes to her baby, ready to stab him. Instead, she
circumcises him, buries the foreskin and wipes the
blood on her husband. Moses recovers. He tells Zipporah
he must go.
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses? goodbye to his family. He
asks Jethro to pray God to bless him.
EXTENDED SCENE: Aaron?s talk with Miriam. She pressures
him to go find Moses. She gives him a stolen purse
to bribe his way out of work.
DELETED SCENE: Aaron bribes an Egyptian ferryman
to cross the Nile. He converses with the Ferryman
about dreams, which the latter scoffs with skepticism.
Walking the desert, Aaron soliloquies about how
his people must understand and how miracles shall
be performed to convince them. He wanders in the
heat, suffers hallucinations, and collapses. Moses
comes to his aid.
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses and Miriam. Moses tells Miriam
that emancipation will be a hard journey, especially
for the innocent (this gives meaning to his sad
look over Merneptah?s child in the next scene).
He mistakes Miriam?s child?s name again.
DELETED SCENE: Dathan tells an overseer that Moses
is back. He is forced back to work, whipping his
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses and Merneptah. Merneptah tries
to persuade Moses to see the real truth: he is an
Egyptian. Moses tells him signs will be made enforcing
his wish to free his people. Merneptah scoffs at
such magic that his sorcerers can duplicate, like
turning rods into snakes or snakes swallowing other
EXTENDED SCENE: Aaron and the tribe leaders. Aaron
and company discuss the reality of a one true God.
Joshua makes his first appearance.
DELETED SCENE: Aaron asks an overseer to allow his
people three days in the desert to worship their
god. He gets struck for his insolence.
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses getting a message from God.
Before receiving the message, Moses looks sadly
at the growing corruption of his people: idol worship,
idol-making (this scene remains in the movie), indecent
public sexual display.
DELETED SCENE: Aaron gives farewell to his wife
Eliseba before joining Moses to see Pharaoh.
EXTENDED SCENE: The Nile of Blood. The petitioners
await Merneptah. After the blood, a servant presents
a dish of the corrupted water to Pharaoh. He scoffs
at this trick.
EXTENDED SCENE: The magicians? discussion. The magicians
call the corrupted Nile having some facsimile of
blood. ?Fool?s Blood.? They predict the natural
result of frogs, locusts, and cattle problems.
ALTERED SCENE: The movie imposes the frogs-in-blood
scene between a shot of the crying baby.
DELETED SCENE: The suffering of Egypt. A maiden
wanders around parched ground, grasping for a puddle.
Egyptian physicians futilely treat their dying patients.
DELETED SCENE: Aaron argues with the naysaying elders,
too grounded in their present environment for any
EXTENDED SCENE: Merneptah?s court. A chamberlain
protesting Pharaoh?s stubbornness is revealed to
have lost a wife & daughter in the Plagues.
Merneptah scoffs that he can find another wife and
bear another daughter. He makes a speech about how
these sudden plagues are threatening Egypt's strength
as a great nation as well as the divinity of their
Gods (including Pharaoh). His magician relates about
the Hebrews? belief in monotheism, reminding Merneptah
of an embarrassing incident in Egypt?s past. An
advisor persuades a reluctant Merneptah to bend
to some compromises to the Hebrews' demands.
EXTENDED SCENE: The beggar scene. Aaron jokes about
the trinket given in payment, a holy symbol. He
discusses the changing situation. Dathan is among
them. Moses calls the Plagues a dance, and Pharaoh
is in a dance where his heart will soften, then
harden, and so on until it shatters. Joshua asks
for an immediate escape while Egypt is disoriented.
Aaron explains that they need this time to prepare
for the hard journey.
EXTENDED SCENE: Merneptah?s horse. The Pharaoh goes
to his dying horse.
EXTENDED SCENE: Smearing the blood. Moses and Aaron
explain the preparations. Two children do their
part, wondering what it is all about.
EXTENDED SCENE: The Tenth Plague hits Egypt. Aaron
notes the silence. The screams in Pharaoh?s hall
is repeated twice in the series.
DELETED SCENE: Moses sits ready for the Exodus.
DELETED SCENE: During the ?Israel? scene, Dathan
packs up some gold.
DELETED SCENE: The ?Israel? scene is interrupted
by a scene of Merneptah?s son?s funeral procession.
DELETED SCENE: A Nubian and Greek sit alone in the
lonely work pits. They talk about how now their
people are asking for freedom. They consider the
Plagues a natural disaster that the slaves took
advantage of to win their freedom. They discuss
the natural status of slavery.
EXTENDED SCENE: The sand storm. A lost child is
reclaimed. After Moses declares their location to
the Promised Land, Eliseba shows doubt.
EXTENDED SCENE: Pharaoh?s revenge. Reports are made
of rioting and disorder. After making his edict
to punish the Hebrews, Merneptah holds his grieving
DELETED SCENE: The Israelites migration to the Sea
of Reeds. An old woman?s laments her stolen jug
of water. Moses urges to Joshua that they make progress,
but not forget their past.
DELETED SCENE: Dathan collects the treasury, asking
people that they beg for Egypt?s forgiveness and
generosity to return them back to their saner internment.
He is attacked by Joshua, starting a riot.
DELETED SCENE: The Egyptian Army mobilizes. Merneptah
steps to his chariot, ordering minimal bloodshed.
He orders that Moses be captured, tried, and executed
for blasphemy, treason, and murder, especially murder.
EXTENDED SCENE: Crossing the parted Sea. Dathan
and his cargo. A child points to the clouds, shaped
like a calf.
EXTENDED SCENE: Miriam?s dance to God for deliverance.
DELETED SCENE: Some young men rob the old of their
water. Moses protests.
EXTENDED SCENE: A couple lament their dying child
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses and Joshua. Joshua asks why
they are travelling away from Canaan. Moses explains
they are avoiding Egyptian posts that might recapture
them. Moses is impressed with Joshua?s knowledge
of star-direction and prediction. Aaron is uncomfortable
with Joshua having Moses? favor.
DELETED SCENE: Moses wanders alone upon the creek.
He spots a man and his married lover ready to commit
adultery. He admonishes them for their disruption
of unity, but leaves them be. The couple are puzzled
by their leader.
EXTENDED SCENE: Aaron and Eliseba at the waterfall.
Aaron implores they move on soon.
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses and Miriam discuss the miracles
of the quail migration and Manna. Moses speaks a
poem about Manna, taught to him by Jethro and Zipporah.
Miriam desires to see her sister-in-law.
DELETED SCENE: A Hebrew is arrested for gathering
Manna on the Sabbath. Aaron gives him a light punishment.
DELETED SCENE: The Amalikites first appearance is
their heads peeking out of the rocks above the Israelites.
EXTENDED SCENE: The raid.
DELETED SCENE; The Israelites bury their dead.
ALTERED SCENE: The battle against the Amalikites.
?Israel? is played during the battle in the mini-series,
DELETED SCENE: The Israelites migrate to Sinai.
DELETED SCENE: Narrated scene of Joshua guiding
the Israelites into Sinai.
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses and Zipporah. Zipporah comments
how thin and old her husband has become. Before
they make love, Joshua calls for Moses. He leaves
to meet him.
DELETED SCENE: Joshua tells Moses a killing has
taken place. Moses laments how gaining weapons to
kill has led to killing among themselves. Moses
learns the murdered is the Single Man of Rueben
for the married wife of Judah (the couple Moses
met last episode). Moses comes upon the murdered
corpse, reproaching this act not as war-killing
but murder. Moses frowns to the elders? punishment
that the relatives receive some recompensation,
as if a possession held as much worth as a life.
This is a complex issue.
DELETED SCENE: Jethro looks unhappily as Moses acts
as sole judge to the multitude.
DELETED SCENE: Jethro meets with Moses alone. He
tells Moses that he should organize judges and different
branches of senior and junior officers to better
govern the Israelites. Sinai roars, calling Moses
DELETED SCENE: Moses comes to the area of the Burning
Bush. He hears a voice telling him to set laws.
EXTENDED SCENE: The Covenant. Miriam looks at Zipporah
and her child.
DELETED SCENE: Eliseba henpecks Aaron about sharing
authority with Joshua. She questions the existence
of God, doubts the Sea parting, and questions Moses?
EXTENDED SCENE: Aaron and Eliseba. Aaron is worried
about how long he can keep the crowds satisfied
about Moses? return. Eliseba tells him the time
is now for him to take power.
EXTENDED SCENE: Gathering the gold. People throw
jewels and goblets into the pyre. Eliseba drops
her jewelry into it.
EXTENDED SCENE: Aaron presenting the Golden Calf.
A child recognizes the calf from a cloud image (last
EXTENDED SCENE: The celebration dance for the Calf.
DELETED SCENE: Aaron treats a sick child. He hears
the disorder outside.
DELETED SCENE: Dathan and his cohorts enjoy some
wine and some psychedelic fumes.
EXTENDED SCENE: The calf-worship orgy. The morning
comes with Dathan watching the calf with evil intent.
He gives a dagger to his men to find a sacrifice.
During the orgy, Eliseba is manhandled. A drugged-out
woman mounts the calf. Worshippers in drug-hazes
look mesmerized at the Calf.
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses attacks the worshippers. Levites
charge and attack the disloyal. Moses speaks to
the speechless Aaron: Not enough knowledge has led
to a waste of everything. The movie omits the dialogue.
ALTERED SCENE: Punishment of the blasphemers. The
series has the gold-swallower scream off-screen
to the wary watchers. The movie has the off-screen
scream before a shot of a punisher pouring the gold.
ALTERED SCENE: Narration is spoken during the building
of the temple. The movie has no narration.
DELETED SCENE: Zipporah puts her son to sleep. The
child misses his busy father. Moses comes in and
embraces wife and son.
EXTENDED SCENE: Aaron?s first prayer as High Priest.
He prays that God forgives him and the people.
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses and Miriam. Miriam cries to
Moses, saying she tried to stop the blasphemy. She
is carried in the journey. She speaks about her
history, putting Moses into the Nile & getting
her mother for Bithia. Her last words are a sad
prediction of her people?s nomadic future. After
she dies, Aaron speaks a eulogy to the sky.
The movie has a scene separate from its source:
Moses and Aaron burying their sister.
DELETED SCENE: A scene of migration with hymns.
DELETED SCENE: Moses, Aaron, and Joshua come to
the border of Canaan. Moses urges that they not
cross the border. He orders the making of the Tabernacle.
The movie has a scene of Moses and the people having
DELETED SCENE: After the Sabbath-breakers are executed,
Dathan and a victim?s brother rebuke Moses for such
a punishment. Moses tells Dathan that he was spared
for his earlier blasphemy so that he could finally
understand the good of the law. Dathan takes light
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses speaks to God about stepping
down. God tells Moses that the present generation
shall not see the Promised Land, nor will he.
DELETED SCENE: Scenes of the older Israelites complaining
about their present situation, remembering the good
old time in Egypt.
EXTENDED SCENE: The report of Canaan. A man complains
about coming for nothing. The Levites begin their
protest formally, before Moses asks for their bluntness.
Dathan says that they return to Egypt, not as slaves,
but as a separate nation, the God of Israel in treaty
with the Gods of Egypt.
ALTERED SCENE: Moses damns Dathan and the disloyal.
The movie interrupts this scene with a shot of a
dead Aaron (from a later scene). The series and
movie have different angles for Moses? last words
to the dead Dathan.
DELETED SCENE: The Israelites continue their migration,
with scenes of the older people falling dead on
the ground and abandoned.
The movie replaces this sequence with another migration
scene with Moses paraphrasing God?s curse of exile
on the disloyal.
DELETED SCENE: Aaron dies with Eliseba and Eleazar
at his side. Aaron gives the rank of High Priest
to Eleazar. Moses speaks a eulogy for his dead brother
(The movie shows a shot of the dead Aaron in the
chastisement of the disloyal scene).
ALTERED SCENE: The battle montage has the narration
in different synch.
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses and Eleazar. Moses tells Eleazar
his importance in carrying on the tradition of being
High Priest from his father.
EXTENDED SCENE: Moses climbs Mount Nebo. Eleazar
performs a ritual at the temple. The people see
ALTERED SCENE: Moses gazes at the Promised Land.
The series gives Moses a complete turn, than shots
of the land. The movie blends the footage.
The movie ends with Moses getting God?s grant for
retirement, adding the promise to always be with
him. His close-up is freeze-framed with a dissolve
of the sky, fading to the Israelites crossing the
Jordan to the ?Israel? theme.
DELETED SCENE: Joshua and a fellow Israelite spot
Moses coming down. Moses lays down on a rock and
dies, hearing God?s promise to always be with him.
The mini-series has a special closing. The movie
has a dissolve of the dawn with Moses? face.