Taglines: He wanted to be Moses…but he didn’t have the right connections.
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.
Wholly Moses! is a 1980 American Biblical spoof similar to that of Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Dudley Moore, between performances in 10 and Arthur, plays Old Testament-era idol maker Herschel, whose life and adventures seem to parallel that of the more famous Moses, all the while being misled to think he is the prophet of God.
Directed by: Gary Weis
Starring: Dudley Moore, Laraine Newman, James Coco, Paul Sand, Jack Gilford, Dom DeLuise, John Houseman, Madeline Kahn, David L. Lander
Screenplay by: Guy Thomas
Production Design by: Dale Hennesy
Cinematography by: Frank Stanley
Film Editing by: Sidney Levin
Costume Design by: Guy C. Verhille
Set Decoration by: Robert De Vestel
Music by: Patrick Williams
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: June 13, 1980